by | Feb 14, 2020 | Extraordinary Guest Bloggers | 7 comments

Meg Gardiner

by Lisa Black

           Bestselling author Meg Gardiner’s fifteen thrillers have been translated into twenty languages. She graduated from Stanford Law, became a wife and mother to three, and won an Edgar. Oh yes, and is a three time Jeopardy! champ. Today, we ply her with Rogue questions!! 

Rogues: Which is harder as you approach writing a new novel: writing the first or last sentence?

Meg: Definitely the first sentence. It’s the doorway to the novel. The first sentence has to hint at the world that lies beyond, and entice readers across the threshold into the story. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a few little words.

Rogues: What’s your favorite word?

Meg: Inspiration. Because it’s a rare and wonderful thing, and when I capture it, I’m thrilled.

Rogues: Where do you like to write?

Meg: The spare bedroom that I’ve claimed as an office. The windows overlook a spread of oak trees where red-shouldered hawks swoop and perch. I’ve also taught myself to write on airplanes. Strapping myself into a seat that’s hurtling across the sky at nearly 600 mph provides a wonderful work environment… because I can’t escape it. At least, not without causing a scene at 35,000 feet. I have to sit still and actually write.

Rogues: What do you do when you need to take a break from writing?

Meg: I hike, go to concerts (I live in Austin!) and send memes to my kids. Oh, who am I kidding? I read.

Rogues: If you could have lived in a different time period, what would it be?

Meg: WWII. I wish I could have worked at Bletchley Park.

Rogues: What’s your favorite drink?

Meg: Coffee. AND LOTS OF IT.

Rogues: When you were ten years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Meg: A writer. From Day One.

Rogues: Do you have a literary hero? A teacher, mentor, family member, author who has inspired you to write your novels? 

Meg: My parents. They told me I could do whatever I set my mind to, and be whatever I wanted to be. They believed in me.

Rogues: Describe your very first car.

Meg: A ’66 Mustang my parents bought used, and let me drive to high school. Sky blue with a straight six engine. My baby.

Rogues: Do you write what you know or what you want to know?

Meg: What I want to know.

Rogues: This has been fun!

Meg: Thanks for inviting me to visit the blog. I hope you’ll look for my new novel, THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT.

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  1. Karna Bodman

    I love Meg's favorite word, "inspiration." She certainly was an inspiring moderator when she was the host of our Rogue panel at Thrillerfest last summer – her stories are amazing (as well as her Jeopardy appearances) Thanks, Meg, for being our Limelight guest here.

  2. Lisa Black

    I totally agree about the coffee, though I admit I’m a hybrid omnivore—my coffee drinking went from a two cup a day habit to only in restaurants and for a pick-me-up at work, and my hot tea consumption has gone from a one-cup-with-breakfast to 2 pots a day.

  3. Chris Goff

    I wish I could learn to write on an airplane!

  4. Gayle Lynds

    I am panting with thoughts of a '66 'stang. Oh, the dreams! Thanks for the great interview, Meg, and Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️

  5. Robin Burcell

    I love writing on an airplane as well. My big problem is I like to talk. So I need to sit and get right to work! But back to the important stuff. A 66 Mustang!!! Wow.

  6. Meg Gardiner

    Thanks for Inviting me to go Rogue with you!

  7. Jamie Freveletti

    Coffee and tough first sentences and…a Mustang! Yes!!!!