Author Spotlight: Megan Cooley Peterson

Black Rabbit Bolt Books

Welcome to Black Rabbit Books' author spotlight! This month, we're highlighting Megan Cooley Peterson. Megan is a Black Rabbit veteran, and our editors can always count on her to turn in amazing work. She recently released her first YA novel, The Liar's Daughter. Take a minute to read a short interview with this versatile author.

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

I'm a writer, editor, and book lover who lives in Minnesota with my husband and daughter. I've been an avid reader for my entire life, and I always dreamed of one day becoming a published author. So far, I've written more than 100 books for children and been fortunate enough to edit quite a few as well. It's so rewarding to see a book come together, from idea to finished product.

2. You've been writing for Black Rabbit since the beginning of our Bolt imprint. Do you have a favorite series you've worked on?

One of my favorite Bolt series to write was History's Mysteries. I've always been fascinated by history and the mysteries from the past that continue to captivate us. How did King Tut really die? Who built Stonehenge? How did the ancient Egyptians build the pyramids? I love researching, so it was a lot of fun to dig into these mysteries and read about all the theories. I wish I could travel back in time and find out for myself!

3. You recently released your first YA novel. Congratulations! What can you tell us about that writing process?

Thank you so much! I started writing my debut YA novel, The Liar's Daughter, back in 2015, and it came out in fall 2019. The novel was inspired by some true-crime memoirs I was reading at the time. I wrote several drafts of the novel, and I also had writer friends read and provide feedback. In 2018, I pitched my book on Twitter, and an editor asked to read the manuscript. Two weeks later, she offered to buy the book! And then I found my literary agent.

4. What advice do you have for kids aspiring to be writers?

My advice for aspiring writers is to read a lot! The more you read, the more you start to understand how story works. Reading is the best education for a writer. Also, keep a notebook where you can store writing ideas. When you have a fun idea, jot it down. Then write whatever interests you—poetry, short stories, jokes, graphic novels, fan fiction, screenplays. The more you write, the more you'll discover what interests you—or doesn't. And finally, don't be afraid to try! Sometimes new writers worry that their writing has to be perfect, so they give up too quickly. Writing is an artform, and first drafts can be messy. The more you practice, the better you'll become.