Today we're chatting with Meg Snider, the 28-year-old Maryland blogger behind Write Meg! This upbeat lady writes about everything from her connection to Cheryl Strayed's Wild to planning her upcoming wedding (congratulations!) and many things in between. A bookseller in a past life, Meg has an eye for good reads and shares impassioned reviews on her site. The recipes for treats such as two-ingredient pumpkin cupcakes don't hurt, either. Plus, I love the way she weaves in stories from her personal life without bragging or dipping into TMI-zone — something a lot of other bloggers can't say they do.
Read on to get to know Meg!
What is your all-time favorite book?
Ah, the eternal struggle of every reader: choosing a favorite novel! When pressed, I have to go with Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. It was the first book to really punch me in the gut and heart simultaneously (and I consider that a great thing!). But if I can cheat, I’d add F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby [check out our review here] and Eva Rice’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets to my shortlist.
What meal do you love to cook?
So many! You know, I really couldn’t cook at all until I met my now-fiancé in 2010. Our early relationship is pockmarked by endless viewings of “Baking With Julia” and “America’s Test Kitchen,” and that’s how I learned to bake and whip up delicious dinners (if I may say so myself). He’s a total foodie, so he really inspired me.
On a typical weeknight, my guy and I love to cook lemon tilapia, pot roast and Brussels sprouts (not together!). I’m a carb-aholic who has had to scale back to get healthier in 2013, but I still love losing myself in a big bowl of spaghetti or a slab of lasagna. And I will totally get behind any dish with tons of garlic and onion. We often joke we could never be vampires...
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
Any scene featuring Holly whipping up her grandmother’s beloved recipes in Melissa Senate’s The Love Goddess’ Cooking School. As someone very close to both her grandmas, that story really impacted me. Holly concocts all sorts of hearty Italian dishes (which I would happily devour myself), but I come from good Polish, Russian and French stock myself. My maternal grandma loves making cabbage rolls and pierogi, while my paternal grandmother is famous for her crispy, paper-thin sugar cookies and homemade peanut butter cups. Family feuds have erupted over who “stole” them at Christmas parties.
Coffee or tea?
I love both, but I couldn’t live without coffee – especially if you can add a little pumpkin spice and a big splash of cream in there.
What is the last book you abandoned?
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan. I know many readers adore it — and I followed blogger praise to borrow an audio version from the library — but I found it hauntingly disturbing...to the point that I just had to give up! I got about three discs in before I couldn’t take it anymore.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
I’d love to go out for cupcakes with Meg Cabot! I idolized her as a teen, devouring the entire Princess Diaries series, and one of the happiest moments of my life — blogging or otherwise — was when she linked to a review I wrote of the final book in 2009. She said it made her cry! I’m pretty sure you could hear me shouting happily over in Australia. Or maybe on the moon.
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
For new reads, I always put my faith in my friends in the book blogging community. I depend on the valued opinions of thoughtful ladies like Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, Audra at Unabridged Chick and Sandy at You’ve GOTTA Read This! for their recommendations. When I have time, I fall down the rabbit hole that is Goodreads and just keep clicking until I find something appealing (which doesn’t take long).
My recipe consumption is pretty driven by healthy sites right now. I joined a weight loss program in January and have shed 30 pounds this year, so I’m pretty diligent about creating meals that will be both delicious and healthy. I’ve been known to haunt Skinnytaste, Eats Well With Others, Fifteen Spatulas and The Baker Chick (not necessarily low-fat, just delicious!) for inspiration.
Tell us about your blog—the inspiration for it, why you blog, your mission and what your favorite aspects of your blog are.
I started blogging after quitting my job as a Borders bookseller in 2008. Fearing I’d lose my connection to other readers, I accidentally discovered the book blog community and began posting on both life and what I’m reading that fall.
Five years, thousands of posts and 10,000 subscribers later, I still love talking about books — but enjoy having an outlet for my thoughts, plans and other nonsense, too. I write about whatever strikes my fancy, so my mission would be to share little bits of my own experience through posts both silly and serious. I’ve formed so many friendships through blogging and count my online friends right alongside my “real-life” ones!
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
So hard to choose! For hilarious life updates from a fellow bride-to-be (who has since gotten hitched), I adore Classy and Fabulous. Books and life are the subjects penned by the delightful ladies behind Estella’s Revenge and Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, and I never miss a post at Much To My Delight and Story of My Life. I value each because its author exudes honesty and warmth – and often gets me laughing. Just what I want over coffee in the morning!