Megan Harper is a writer, editor, and voracious reader.
Born in St. Louis, Megan didn’t begin to take writing seriously until junior high when she finally graduated from reading Christopher Pike to reading Sylvia Plath, who spoke directly to Megan’s angst filled, tormented soul. At this juncture she decided that she too wanted to write stories that would speak to a wide audience on a deep level. She spent months writing her junior high masterpiece about an elf whose mother dies. Not wanting to be left alone in the world, the little elf refuses to bury his mother. Instead, he lovingly tends to her decomposing body every night, sewing up limbs that refuse to stay put. Her teacher did not love or fully understand the story, and Megan realized she would probably never write for the masses but for a select few who ‘got it’. This primarily includes her family, who pat her on the back and say, “Good job!” no matter what.
Megan currently resides in Austin and freelances as an editor to pay the bills. It wasn’t until she started editing that she realized her hatred of the oxford comma, which now worms its way into her everyday writing, whether she likes it or not. She has a growing list of things she hates (cities not built on a grid, neighborhoods built without sidewalks, thinking back to gym classes of her youth…), but this is the first time she has ever taken issue with a good-for-nothing punctuation mark.
When she’s not writing, editing, or secretly binge-watching terrible TV in her bedroom, she can be found beneath a mountain of blankets, cuddling up with a good (she hopes…) book. For a while she was reading primarily classics until her sister began making fun of the antiquated language that made its way from the books she read to the language she used in real life. Wanting to fit into the modern world again, she began to sprinkle more modern works into her book rotation. She also loves to read non-fiction, as she’d like to be prepared if she’s ever invited to be on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. If you care for the opinion of others, check out her book reviews and reading suggestions at: The Harper Review.