Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Megan Easley-Walsh is an author of historical fiction, a researcher, and a writing consultant and editor at Extra Ink Edits. She is an award-winning writer and has taught college writing in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin, Ireland. Her degrees are in history-focused International Relations. She is American and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband. She is the author of the historical novels: Flight Before Dawn and What Edward Heard. She has over ten new novels that are set for release!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent release is What Edward Heard. It tells the story of a WWI veteran who encounters a Renaissance portrait. I've always loved art history. I'm used to reading the meaning behind a painting. I was intrigued by the idea of a painting being able to read into a person. I also was interested in exploring the journey of the painting, from its origin, to when it was found by the veteran. The painting travels across time and space and it was fun to explore all of the different locations it had been present in. As an author of historical fiction, lots of research goes into each work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Shakespeare's influence finds itself into a number of my works. Jane Austen is also alluded to at times. She was revolutionary in crafting happy endings for her characters and allowing them agency in their own love lives, at a time when women often had little say in the matter. Some of the first books I read were American Girls books, which helped fuel my love of historical fiction and Boxcar Children, which influenced my love of mystery. As a teenager, I read the books of Jack Cavanaugh and enjoyed his blend of history with faith. I am a fan of the suspense and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes. I read a lot and every book a writer reads influences the writing in some way, large or small.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
In addition to being an author, I also have previously taught college writing and I am a writing consultant and editor at www.ExtraInkEdits.com. My best advice is to write the story that you want to tell. You are the only person in the entire world that is able to do so. Also, keep a notebook with you. You never know when an idea will strike and they can be fleeting.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To be a better writer, read more. It's true!
What are you reading now?
I've recently been enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More book releases and more writing!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Many, many favorites! Because there are so many amazing books, I don't often reread books. I do, however, reread The Legend of Sleepy Hollow each Halloween.
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