Meg Lintern

Author of Tomorrow 2019 - Meg Lintern

An Adventure at Sea by Meg Lintern (age 16) is shortlisted for the 2019 Author of Tomorrow.

A young refugee attempts a near-fatal crossing of the Mediterranean Sea with her younger brother, inventing adventure stories along the way to protect him from reality.

1. What is your favourite book? 

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

2. Who is your favourite author? Or one who has inspired you and why?

My favourite author Margaret Atwood. Although she’s best known for the Handmaid’s Tale, I love her for her short stories and essays. They are crammed with meaning and messages to make you think twice, and her unique perspective has made a huge impact on my own way of viewing the world - especially when it comes to topics like feminism! 

3. What is your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subject would be either history or english. I think the two have a lot to teach us about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and who we are. 

4. What does 'adventure writing mean to you? Why did you choose to try your hand at an adventure story? 

Adventure writing means transporting yourself to a new world full of new faces, and bringing the reader along for the ride. I wrote my story to expand my own writing abilities, and because I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to present a powerful message in an unexpected way. 

5. If you could ask an author anything, what would you want to know?

As a writer, there are always new ideas spinning around your brain - how do you motivate yourself to stick with writing a single novel until the end without getting distracted? 

6. Who would you consider one of your heroes and why? (This does not have to be a writer…)

Yuval Noah Harari is an icon of mine. His way of sharing his opinions in such an accessible way despite the immense profundity of his messages is a talent that I hope I can learn!

7. What is the most adventurous thing you would like to do, or place you would like to visit and why?

I want to trek through the Himalayas. Although scaling Everest doesn’t appeal to me particularly, the thought of travelling through such a dramatic landscape and meeting people of such different backgrounds to my own is an absolute dream!

8. Where do you find inspiration for your stories? (Books, historical events, famous adventurers/explorers, news etc.)

I find current events the most motivational. There are so many real-life adventures and horror-stories unfolding every day, and they inspire me to try to create pieces of writing that encapsulate the struggles of everyday people in a captivating way. 

9. If you could time travel, where would you go and why? 

I would travel back in time to see the dinosaurs. I want to find out if they had feathers after all...

10. What three words would you use to describe your story?

Current, striking, profound