Megan Files for “The Hive“
LSR: Tell me about making “The Hive.” It’s really scary.
Megan: Yeah! I wanted to see if I could write a ghost story. It sounds weird, but I’ve had bees on the brain for a while. I took a quick course at Hugo House and it was something about writing with Sylvia Plath. We covered a lot her bee poems. It was very inspiring.
LSR: You also have some poetry in the book this year. What’s it like going from horror to poetry?
Megan: It’s really hard, actually. I find that I can’t really focus on both at the same time. I can’t write fiction during, like, a three-month period where I’m focused on writing poetry.
LSR: When you’re making up a story, what are you drawing from?
Megan: Personal experiences and feelings and questions that I want to explore.
LSR: What question did you explore in “The Hive“?
Megan: What makes a person want to come back? And unfortunately, that character had a nasty reson for wanting to come back.