Meet Ari Meghlen, Writer

Ari Meghlan, Writer | Author Interview |

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me on your blog!

I’m Ari and I write mostly Traditional Fantasy and Preternatural Urban Fantasy.  Though I have turned my hand to sci-fi and crime.  When I’m not writing I am blogging about writing and supporting other writers.  So yeah…it kinda infected my who life.

How long have you been writing for?

I have been writing since I was 8 years old.  Despite struggling to read through most of my young years, I always held a strong love for writing.  I think I just had too much crazy inside my head and it started to leak so I found putting it down into notebooks helped.

What motivates you to write? How did you begin writing?

I began writing after a teacher created a project where we had to create a monster under the bed and from this little spark of creative writing, my love for writing bloomed and has continued to grow.

I don’t really consider there a motivation to write.  It is more like, I can’t NOT write.  It is my purpose.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

I try and have a writing routine but other things manage to mess it up.  On days when I actually get a nice long stint of writing done, it usually starts early (I work better first thing in the day).  I get a glass of water (which I usually don’t drink), a cup of tea (one of many) then lock myself away in my room.

I play no music when I’m actually writing, as I find it a distraction.  If I am struggling to write, I will read through something else I’ve written to spark the flame.  I then write until someone knocks on the door to tell me how late it’s gotten.

On writer block days, then my routine is to stare blankly at the screen in front while sobbing.  Thankfully I don’t have many of those days any more 😀

Have you thought about self-publishing or traditional publishing? Are you leaning towards one over the other? If so, why?

I am not yet at the stage for publishing but I have already been contemplating the options.  They both have their pros and cons.  I am a bit of a control freak and with self publishing you have a lot more creative control.

Also, with traditional publishing you are expected to do a lot more of the marketing than it was years ago.

I think if you write a good book, polish the crap out of it then pay a professional editor and book cover designer you can do really well in self-publishing while keeping a lot of the creative control.

Not to mention, moving from self published to traditionally published is apparently a lot easier than moving from traditionally published to self published.

Are you currently working on anything new?

My current WIP is a preternatural urban fantasy called Dark Hart featuring exactly what you’d expect from any preternatural – vampires, shifters, gargoyles, goblins, psions… It is currently gone through its first edits and is with my Alpha Reader.

While I’m waiting to get it back from all his red penning, I have been working on a completely new fantasy story.  I had ideas about it last year and decided to flesh it out during the 85K 90 Day Writing Challenge.  It is still in a very tentative phase as the plot is a little fluid right now.

If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?

Definitely something creative.  I do run my own online shop where I make items, so I am always drawn to creative endeavours.

Failing that I would probably have become a vet or a paleontologist, I’m not sure all I know is I’m really not cut out for more “normal” work.

What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?

I wish I had learnt to outline sooner than I did and also to not get caught up editing while writing.  For a long time that is how I wrote.  A constant back and forth of writing then editing what I’d written then editing it again… without actually finishing the work.

I am a lot better now, thankfully.

What is your favorite book, genre, or author?

My favourite author is a tie between James Clemens and Anne Bishop.  These two fantasy writers created the bar for me when I got seriously into writing.  I wanted to get my work to their level.

Their books are the ones I can read over and over.  They create worlds I want to just continually visit.  And I would love to have readers who feel that way about my work.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

First, don’t call yourself aspiring.  If you write, you’re a writer.  Own it.

Second, keep writing.  Ignore all the nay-sayers and people who will try and tear you down.  If you do anything creative in this world people want to crap all over it and that can sometimes include friends and family.  Find people who will support you and lift you up.

Third, work hard.  Writing gets better with practice.  With the surge of self publications, everyone now thinks they can write and publish their work.  The problem is we are seeing so much rough work.

Your manuscript should be edited, re-edited, professionally edited and polished.  The more you write the better you get, you learn and grow and develop your skill.  There is no rush to be published and it is better to take time and do a good job than rush and put out something lacking.

Finally, learn about the business side.  Yes writing is awesome and creative, but there’s a business side too such as networking and marketing.  The more you learn, the more you plan the better situated you will be when you are finally ready to release your novel.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I like octopi.

Too weird?

I’d like to say a big thanks to you Rachel, for inviting me onto your awesome blog for this interview.  😊

And to all the readers, if you were born to be a writer?  Then let nothing stop you.  Writing is one of the hardest, awesome, exhausting, exhilarating things you can do.  So go do it!


When not immersed in her worlds full of screaming trees, living gargoyles, vengeful demons or trapped souls… Ari is pretty much day dreaming about said worlds.

She writes fantasy, lots of it and also blogs about writing to help other writers, because apparently working on over 5 different novel series’ is just not enough “writing.”

Most days she is surrounded by cats and books though she also enjoys watching really bad movies with her boyfriend.  Like REALLY bad movies.

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You Are A Writer

Awesome Writer


This is just a friendly reminder that you are a writer. You are a great writer.

You don’t have anything published? That’s okay. You still wrote something.

Just because you don’t have your name in print doesn’t mean you’re less than any other writer out there.

A novel, a short story, a poem, a blog post, or even a journal entry that no one else will see, is all part of writing.

It’s easy to get discouraged, but your time will come. The right story will find its rightful agent or publisher. It just takes some time.

You just need patience. Stay determined. Keep on being passionate about your writing.

No matter what, remember that you are a writer. You are a great writer.

Travel Like a Writer

Guest bloggers visit my website twice a month on Tuesday and Thursday. If you would like to be part of this, feel free to check out the Be A Guest Blogger page.

This week’s guest post is brought to you by Tina, which she discusses writing and travelling. Thanks, Tina!

Being a writer is more than a hobby or a job: it’s a personality trait. You can take a holiday from being an accountant or a veterinary doctor (though, living with the latter, I’ve witnessed emergency phone calls at noon on Sunday and am well-familiar with neighbors asking for medical advice anywhere and anytime), but you can’t stop being a writer. Not for a minute. As writers, we turn every moment of our lives into a story, in one way or another. There’s no such thing as an activity entirely unrelated to your writing career.

Yet vacations are not only possible for a writer, they’re encouraged!

With that in mind, I have for you a few tips on how to make the most of your travels and vacations when you are a writer.

1) Don’t set word count goals. Not even if you otherwise write every day. You’re unlikely to write consistently during your trip and it would be a shame to put pressure on yourself instead of enjoying your holiday. Unless you travel for a living, don’t make writing during this time your priority.

2) Pay attention to your experiences instead. Sometimes it can be tempting to focus on what comes next on your itinerary – your next stop, your next meal, the souvenir you want for your mother. Try to pay attention to the moment you are living in instead. Enjoy the sense of wonder, name the smells and the tastes, notice the little details of your surroundings. You never know when you’ll want to use these moments in your writing so be sure to not just live through them but to live through them as a writer.

3) Listen to people’s stories. Whether it’s your cab driver talking about his family or your tour guide relaying a story from the history of the place, listen to it and store it away for the future. It may be unwise to steal these stories in their entirety – they might not be yours to tell – but you can borrow elements of them to sparkle an idea.

4) Carry a notebook with you everywhere – even if you don’t use it for writing paragraphs of fiction, you never know when you’ll want to jot down an idea. Even if you prefer to write on your computer, or your phone, or your tablet, a paper notebook has one advantage: it never runs out of batteries. I personally always carry a small one I can fit into the side-pocket of my handbag or backpack. Keep it in a waterproof bag along with at least two writing utensils.

5) Keep a travel journal. Do you remember when I told you to pay attention to such things as scents and tastes? Capture them in your travel journal in as much detail as you can manage in a sentence or two. They’ll serve to remind you of your trip, but you may a month or a year later rediscover them as an idea for your next masterpiece.

But most importantly: expand your horizons. Travelling allows us not only to experience, albeit superficially and with further research recommended, other ways of life. And even more significantly, it makes us realize that what we consider normal is just one of many possible variants and that’s a very important knowledge for a writer.

Many thanks to Rachel for making it possible to share these tips with you. If you’d like to read more from me, visit me on my blog or on Tumblr.


An aspiring writer based in Slovakia, the mod behind All of the Prompts and a blogger and a book reviewer on All These Prompts, Tina made it her mission in life to cure the Writer’s Block for good, in everyone including herself. She makes up and collects writing prompts but she also writes fantasy tales, mysteries, and the occasional romance. The love of her life are YA novels.

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Short Story Sunday #68

SSS Job Dedication

            “Anytime is good for me. Just let me know.”

Andrea nodded her head writing something down on her notepad. Then she backed out of her boss’s office and closed the door behind her. She sighed shaking her head when she knew he couldn’t hear or see her anymore. She sat back down at her desk and took some Asprin out of the top drawer.

“Is he being annoying again today?” Andrea’s friend appeared and sat down on top of her desk.

“No, just vague,” Andrea sighed.

“What does he want this time?” her friend wondered.

“He wants me to set up a meeting with some big guy at another big company, Lily. Then he told me to set up the meeting for whatever time works for me.” Andrea rolled her eyes.

“What is that supposed to mean?” Lily raised a suspicious eyebrow.

“I assume that was his way of telling me that I need to be here for the meeting.” Andrea groaned and buried her face on her desk.

“Why? What’s the meeting about?” Lily wondered.

“I have no idea. He didn’t tell me. He just told me who to set it up with and everything else was up to me. So I have to call that guy right now.” Andrea lifted his head up and picked up the phone.

“Good luck,” Lily muttered and walked away.

“Yes, I’d like to make an appointment on behalf of Mr. Charles Fink.” Andrea spoke with the secretary. She nodded her head jotting down some dates and times on her notepad. The woman on the other line kept talking so Andrea soon began to doodle. Then she paused with wide eyes.

“Oh… okay, that works out perfectly. Thank you.” Andrea hung up the phone and froze.

“I can tell by the look on your face that it’s nothing good.” Lily walked over from her desk and back up to Andrea again.

“That meeting is with a lawyer.” Andrea stared at Lily. “He’s trying to divorce his wife.”

Lily rolled her eyes. “If anything, she should be divorcing him on account he’s always bringing his work home with him. Now he’s bringing his home life to work with him? Sheesh…”

“And I have to be there for that meeting. Why? I’m just his secretary.” Andrea shrugged her shoulders.

“Because you’re my best supporter right now; I really appreciate it.” Mr. Fink came out of his office and winked at Andrea before walking away.

Lily snorted. “What a…”

“Don’t even go there.” Andrea muttered.

Short Story Sunday #67

SSS Nature Walk

            “Let’s go for a walk.” She said taking her son by the hand. The four-year-old looked up at his mother with a frown. He glanced down at his action figures as she dragged him over to the front door.

“It’s a beautiful spring day, Nathan. Your toys will still be here when we get back.” His mother explained in a smooth tone.

“Okay,” Nathan sighed.

They stepped out the front door and headed down the driveway to walk around the block. Most of their neighbors were out and about; mowing the lawn, grilling, or simply sitting on their porch soaking up the sun.

Nathan brought his hands up to his ears.

“What’s wrong?” his mother asked.

“Too loud!” he shouted.

His mother smirked. “Mr. Davis is just mowing his lawn. The sound is getting softer now.” She observed as they walked further away. “What can you hear now?”

Nathan hesitated at first, but finally brought his hands away from his ears. He stopped walking so he could focus on listening.

“Birds!” he shouted with a smile. He pointed to a tree in the neighbor’s yard where two robins worked together building a nest. “And… a car?”

His mother looked behind them and pushed Nathan closer to the side of the road as a car drove by them. She smiled at him and nodded. Nathan beamed.

They walked further down the road before Nathan stopped again.

“Look at the flowers!” he pointed to another neighbor’s garden.

His mother nodded impressed. “Yes, the garden is growing nicely, isn’t it?”

“There’s blue and purple and red and yellow!” Nathan exclaimed.

“There sure are a lot of beautiful flowers.” She smiled at him.

Before they knew it, their house was coming into view. Nathan frowned and began to drag his feet along the side of the road. His mother stopped and looked at him.

“What’s wrong?”

“We’re almost home.”

“That we are.” She agreed.

“But what if we missed something on our walk?” Nathan stared at his mother with big, sad eyes.

She chuckled. “Well, Nathan we can always go around again.”

Nathan’s face lit up with joy. Then he began to drag his mother around the block.

Would You Rather: Writer Edition

This was taken from Herminia‘s blog. I love the game “Would You Rather,” so how could I pass up a writer edition?

Would you rather only write standalones or trilogies?

Trilogies. I have too many ideas.

Would you rather be a professional writer or a professional blogger?

Writer. I love blogging, but I have too many novels I would love to write and get published.

Would you rather hand write or have to type for the rest of your life?

Type. It’s faster and I like the sound. Though, there is something about handwriting that just makes you satisfied and happy.

Would you rather be forced to write everything in uppercase or lowercase letters?

lowercase. it looks weird, but most of the letters still look normal because you only capitalize certain letters. THIS JUST MAKES IT SEEM AS THOUGH I’M ANGRY OR YELLING.

Would you rather only write 2 pages per day or 250 pages per week?

250 pages a week, of course.

Would you rather be traditionally published or self published?

Traditionally. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Would you rather only write in pen or pencil?

Pen. I’m picky with pencils.

Would you rather only be allowed to write at your desk or anywhere else in the world?

Desk. It makes me feel studious and homey. However, it is nice to bring my laptop over to the couch or at Barnes and Noble. A change of environment is always good and can help the creative juices flow.

Feel free to answer these questions yourself! Maybe you can even come up with some more questions.


Short Story Sunday #66

SSS Morning Routine

            My alarm went off at 4:30 in the morning. Instinctively, I turned it off and rolled over in my bed. I closed my eyes for what seemed like a minute, but when I opened them again a half hour had gone by.

Upon realizing I should get up and start the day, I staggered out of bed with a blanket tangled around my leg. I hopped on one foot across the floor trying to get the blanket off. Finally when I unwrapped it, I tossed it back onto my bed. Should I bother making it? Nah.

I stood in front of my dresser and got changed into the outfit I picked out for myself the night before. I brushed my hair, unplugged my phone from the charger, and exited my bedroom. I went downstairs into the kitchen.

Everyone else was still asleep, as they usually were—even the cat was passed out on the couch. I snickered knowing that wasn’t going to last long.

I turned on the coffee maker and turned around. The cat was suddenly sitting on the floor behind me. I smiled happy to get back into my routine this morning, even though I was about a half hour later than usual.

The cat meowed as he walked closer to me. I picked him up and placed him on my hip stroking the back of his head. We swayed from side to side as I waited for the coffee maker to heat up.

I pushed the button to brew causing the cat to jump at the sudden spitting sound. It scared him every morning. Yet, he stayed in my arms and watched me as I one-handedly poured cream into my coffee, put it back in the refrigerator, and brought him and the coffee mug back upstairs.

I entered my den putting the coffee down on my desk. Then I placed the cat down on the couch on the other side of the room where he curled right back up and fell asleep.

I sat down at my desk turning on my computer. As I waited for it to boot up, I took a sip of my coffee watching the cat breath steadily as he drifted into a quick deep sleep.

Every morning was the same. He would wait for me to come make my coffee and then get a free ride upstairs only to sleep on a different couch. We were in a rut, but it was calm and relaxing for both of us.

I looked away from the cat when my computer screen came on. Then I began to work.