Interview with Cupán Fae Author Eoghan Meyler
Eoghan Meyler has been an avid reader from youth, and inspired by the likes of Tolkien, London and Le Guin, Eoghan devoted the little spare time he had as a pre-teen to writing. A foray into the world of ‘online character tournaments’ cemented his love for long-form fiction, and the fascination has only compounded since then. Eoghan has been a member of Cupán Fae for ten months and has contributed to Cupán Fae Anthologies: Fierce & Proud, and Fiercepunk.
How would you rank character, plot, and setting in order of importance in a story?
It’s hard to say these days. I used to value character above all else in a story, but recently I’ve seen that a story can work as purely a setting, or a theme/allegory, where characters are incidental, and sometimes characters and amazing world-building can carry abstract or absent plots. I’ve been reading a lot of the great classics lately, and so many of them have achieved inspiring levels of brilliance by ignoring or minimising one or more of these aspects. My teachers in school would have shuddered to even imagine it! Yet, they have stood the test of time. I don’t think I’m at a stage where I have the authority to really order them.
If you have pictures on your writing desk, who/what are they of?
I have embarrassing pictures of all my dearest friends, my siblings and of my dogs, all on a little swivel frame. One each for my brother and sister – my brother with a serious case of ‘present-face’ as a child, and my sister in a glorious trick of perspective, as if she’s resting wearily on my brother’s shoulder, the sun in her eyes making her seem as if she’s experiencing the sweetest peace of heaven. A photo for each dog – of one madly chewing her leash and then the other donning a towel-shawl, eyes milky and unamused. As for my friends – an old-fashioned photo of a cute 60s child, my best friend from school in a sneaky Snapchat screenshot, and another friend dancing on New Year’s.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. I learned the hard way that writing longhand was not for me. Having to decipher two massive notebooks full of my ornate 16-year old handwriting written in faded pencil was enough to make me see the light.
Where do you get your ideas?
What music do you like to listen to when you write?
I rarely listen to music if I’m writing. The exceptions are when I discover a piece that accurately captures the atmosphere I’m trying to evoke. Regardless, the music must not have words, because otherwise I WILL start to sing along. The music must also be played out loud, I can’t have it on headphones/earphones.
Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or ebooks better? Why?
Physical copy if it has really good cover art, but otherwise I’m not pushed. Audiobooks are great for getting through books for club deadlines, but it’s easy to get distracted.
Which is your favourite season to write in, and why?
The only season, the rainy season.
What does your ideal writer lifestyle look like?
Any schedule that involves getting up at 3 pm on a Tuesday!
What is your favourite word, and why?
Yoke – a funny little Irish-ism that I use and hear a hundred times a day. It reminds me of when I was a kid and makes me smile when I think about explaining it. It could be anything!
“The yoke, y’know, the yoke!” “Which yoke?” “The yoke over there!” “Ah this yoke, or the other yoke?” “The other yoke.” “Gotcha.”
What’s your one piece of advice for new writers?
Silence self-doubt, avoid excuses, then just write.