By Juri Dagio | Staff Writer
Megan Wilson is a 23-year-old student from Honolulu who is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at KCC. Currently in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree, Wilson has a broad outlook of her career after college. Having a passion for teaching, she aspires to become an English professor.
“I love teaching,” Wilson said. “I love it when I see someone fully understand something in the way that they didn’t before.”
Alongside her dream to become a professor, she also aspires to be a published author.
Since the age of 14, Wilson has been writing her own novels. After receiving encouragement from one of her high school teachers, she participated in a short story writing contest and won first place. After this experience, Wilson found her strength to start writing more.
“I have a very overactive imagination; I’m always thinking of something new, something creative,” she said. “Even if it’s just solutions to my problems, some of them are really outside of the box. So being able to put on my ideas and make it for someone else, in a story, it helps me think and it clears my head.”
According to Wilson, the people she meets provide the inspiration for her novels. She incorporates all aspects of people she knows into her book characters. She typically writes fantasy-romance novels, the genre of her ongoing novel “The Soul of Creation.” The whole storyline revolves around gods of Greek mythologies and would focus on world building and character developments.
Seeing as there are so few authors from Hawai’i, it is Wilson’s dream to have her novels acknowledged to put more attention to the Hawaiian Islands. She hopes that her novels would bring “some kind of give back” to the Hawaiian community.
When she was a teenager, Wilson recalled that she developed a much more love for books when she underwent multiple operations due to a broken hip caused by karate. As she was unable to do many things, she turned to reading novels to relieve her developing pains.
“I was going through a hard time. I read these books and [they] took me out of my world. … It made me feel safe and comforted,” Wilson said. “I want my books to do that for the next little girls and boys.”