Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on fantasy author JL Meyrick.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
My latest release is Crowns & Swords, a fantasy romance following Grace, a pirate captain, and Winifred, a runaway princess. Together they uncover a new threat to the open ocean in the midst of a three-kingdom war, all whilst exploring what they mean to each other. I started planning this book while drafting another, Twisted, my superpowered romance. I’m now working on the start of a new epic fantasy series, Unification of Four.
2. What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The research really depends on the book, what subgenre I’m writing in and the setting. For Crowns & Swords I dove into the history archives of 16th-century ships and weapons. Although the book is set in an alternate universe, I wanted it to feel like a late medieval world. The level of technology is accurate to what we had back in the 16th and 17th centuries. I’ve also done extensive research into other cultures and life experiences. I aim to write diverse characters, of race and sexuality. As a white woman, I knew it was incredibly important to do research for characters with darker skin tones and hair types. I typically spend a month researching, while plotting the book, but I have a habit of coming across new research topics as I’m writing and editing so it never really stops.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I always kept my writing to myself, afraid to show the world. I know now that if I had explored competitions or writing groups I would have had a kickstart on my writing development, instead of doing it now!
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
Just recently I upgraded from my sofa to a desk in my bedroom. My husband works from home so he has the office nook downstairs while I have a small section of the bedroom. I have a couple of monitors (very useful!) and an expanding desk, so I can have my hoard of notebooks to my side as I write. I always need a drink with me, a coffee and a cold drink to switch between. I also need music while I write (silence is the death of my creativity), so I now use an Alexa to blast out the tunes.
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24hours, who would you be?
From one of my books? Rose from Twisted, she is so fun and unashamedly herself, I envy her confidence. From a book I’ve read? Hermione Granger. The ability to use magic and have her way of avoiding procrastination is something I really need in my life!
You can find JL on her website and Instagram.