I am currently working on my next book, a fiction legal thriller. (Think John Grisham.) I like this genre because there were so many times when I would sit in a law class and think, “This would make a great plot.” So during law school, I kept two outlines per class: one outline for the exam and one outline that had all the law rule exceptions that would make great plot twists.
2. How long did it take for you to write your memoir?
It took me about five months to write it because there were times I had to step away from the computer for a little while. It was definitely challenging.
3. What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your memoir?
The most surprising thing that I learned about myself is that I am comfortable telling my story. For a long time, I really didn’t open up to anyone because I was embarrassed or ashamed about things that happened in my life.
4. Did you have any second doubts when you started writing or after you finished Who Am I?
Big time! After I finished, I worried about what people would think of me. In fact, when I announced on Facebook that I had a publishing contract, a couple of “friends” told me to just move on. What they don’t understand is that I have moved on, but I also have a story to tell. Just in the last month, I’ve received e-mails from people who are interested in my book because they have gone through some of the same issues that I did. When I receive e-mails like that, the second doubts vanish and I know I did the right thing.
4. What are or will you be doing to promote Who Am I?
Right now, I feel like I’ve taken over social media! Okay, maybe not taken over, but I’ve joined many social media groups. I created my website: www.megancyrulewski.com and started a blog. As it gets closer to the release date, I’ll do whatever and go wherever BOB tells me!
5. Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Laura Hillenbrand, Jodi Piccoult, Mitch Albom and Nora Roberts.
6. What do you think makes a great story?
A great story can be found in almost anything, it’s the author who knows how to make it interesting. That’s why when people ask me what is my favorite genre to read, I really don’t have a favorite. I read books from all genres.
7. What made you want to change careers and become an attorney?
I definitely fell into my first career working in non-profits. I took the first job I could get out of college because I didn’t want to live at home anymore. I didn’t really love working in the non-profit sector. So when the opportunity arose to go back to school (due to personal circumstances), I jumped on it! The law fascinates me, but I never thought I was “smart” enough to get into Law School, let alone graduate. I didn’t graduate in the top 10% of my class, but I loved going to law school. If you have a passion for something, do it!
8. Do you have a favorite genre you like to read and why is it your favorite?
9. Share one thing about yourself that you believe readers would find interesting?
I’m obsessed with baseball. I live near Detroit and Opening Day at Comerica Park is like a holiday around here. There is nothing greater than going to a Tigers game in the summer and watching Miguel Cabrera (the greatest baseball player of our time – not that I’m biased or anything) slam a home run. At home games, whenever a player crosses home plate for a run, a Tiger roars. It’s one of the best sounds of the summer in Detroit.
10. Some attorneys-turned-author have used their experiences to craft novels, i.e., John Grisham and Time to Kill. Do you
foresee yourself following in his footsteps?
I would love to follow in Grisham's steps. But instead of using my own experiences, I would like to write plots based on little known rule exceptions I learned in law school.