Since this is my first post, I thought I’d take the time to tell you little bit about myself.
My name is Megan M. Davies-Ostrom. The M. stands for Myfanwy, and I’m not even going to get into how to pronounce it. It’s Welsh. Blame my parents.
If I’d been I boy I would have been Luke, apparently. Given that Star Wars came out when I was one, I guess I dodged a bullet on that one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan, but also very happy to have escaped a life time of “Were you named after…?”
I’m a Canadian writer with a particular penchant for Adult and Young Adult horror, urban fantasy, and apocalyptic fiction…or, given my druthers, some weird and wonderful combination of all three. I am a member of the Canadian Author’s Association.
For my day job (and yes, I definitely have one of those), I’m a Senior Performance Analyst with Canada’s Federal Civil Service. I have a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and have spent more than fifteen years working in intercultural settings.
As a voracious (and eclectic) reader, I think the best way to really get to know anyone is to talk about books, so without further ado, here are some woefully incomplete lists that will tell you (in no particular order) at least a little bit more about me.
Books I loved when I was young(er) and still hold a place in my heart:
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
- The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman
- The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
- The Icewind Dale and Homeland Trilogies by R.A Salvatore (and yes, I TOTALLY had a crush on Drizzt when I was thirteen. I mean, who didn’t?)
Books I will (and do) reread endlessly
- The Foreigner Series by C.J. Cherryh
- The Shining by Stephen King (Actually, pretty much anything he’s written, but The Shining stands out as one of my favourites)
- The Relic, Reliquary, and Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (As an anthropologist by training, I really enjoy these novels)
- World War Z by Max Brooks. (I’ve loved the zombie genre for years, for all the same reasons I like disaster movies, but this book was ground-breaking and, for better or for worse, brought the genre into the mainstream.
- Anything featuring the Witches or Guards by Terry Pratchett
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Patient Zero, Dead of Night, and Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry
- 8.4 by Peter Hernon
- The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
- Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Congo by Michael Crichton
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
- Rachel’s Holiday by Marion Keyes
- The Tony Foster books by Tanya Huff
Books and stories that left a footprint on my soul:
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Boo by Neil Smith
- The Ruins by Scott Smith (I have a tattoo of the flowering vine from this novel on my back, so I guess I have to say it had an impact!)
- The Things they left behind (Short Story) by Stephen King
Books I just really like and don’t really fit into any other list here:
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
- The Locke and Key Graphic Novel Series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
- The Courtney Crumrin Graphic Novel Series by Ted Naifeh
I’m not afraid of the dark unless, of course, I’m meant to be alone in it, and I’m not.