Meagan Call spawns from the green and rainy city of Eugene, Oregon. In her early twenties, she somehow she ended up in Cleveland, Ohio so apparently she has an attachment to states that begin with the letter "O." She graduated with an BFA in Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame in spite of her post-Marist-High-School resolution to avoid spending a single minute longer in Catholic Schools. After graduating in May of 04, she decided she hadn't had enough of school, so she enrolled in the brand spanking new North East Ohio MFA creative writing program. Before she could start however, she had to learn to drive, because this revolutionary new program ingeniously encompassed Youngstown State University, The University of Akron, Cleveland State University and Kent State University all at once. She has recently completed her second year in the program and plans on spending the summer pretending to write a novel. In the 07-08 academic year Meagan will begin her second year as Editor-in-Chief of The Vindicator: CSU's Multicultural magazine.
When she's not driving herself insane by putting off classwork, Meagan spends her time fencing at Hooked on Fencing or training in Tae Kwon Do. Although a heavy work load has forced her Tae Kwon Do practice to go on hiatus, she earned her brown belt just last fall. She's not really very dangerous, but she's getting there. She's slightly more menacing with an epee in her hand as she's been fencing since the age of fifteen, but with time allowing only sporadic training, her weapons skills aren't quite deadly either.
As a small child, Meagan, like most people, started drawing with over-sized crayons at the age of two. Both parents were bartenders so she spent a great deal of time waiting for her mother to get off work while her father took over the night shift. During her formative years, before she started to read "chapter books," she was often given a piece of half empty newsprint and a ballpoint pen and told to "go draw something" in order to stave off boredom. For several years she specialized in giraffes, a time in her art career which is still referred to as her "long period," but eventually she moved on to less spotty subjects. She was never considered a particularly good artist either by her peers or teachers, but when most of her classmates outgrew art, Meagan continued to draw. By High School she was known as "that weird girl who plays with swords and draws some really screwed up stuff." Today her artwork is primarily pen & ink, sparkled with the occasional watercolor. Her subject matter hardly ever deals with giraffes, usually focusing on fantasy or science fiction illustrations.
Preferring to take the most indirect rout possible to any goal, Meagan started college by majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Most of her peers and instructors in high school had guessed that she would strive for a career in children's illustration (apparently making the incorrect assumption that she would outgrow her "warped period") but a career in Art never occurred to Meagan until she discovered that she was flunking physics. After a discouraging freshman year surrounded by hard sciences, art began to look more attractive than ever. Writing would come into her life even later.
Meagan always swore that she would someday be able to go into a bookstore and find her own book on the shelf, but as with art, she did not consider the possibility of writing as a career until relatively late in her education. When she took a fiction class taught by Matthew Benedict she discovered that she not only enjoyed writing a great deal, she was also apparently not too bad at it. She blames her ability to tell stories on her father, who was constantly coming home with long winded tales that went nowhere at all, forcing Meagan to learn proper structural elements in self defense.
As with Meagan's artwork, her writing tends to be on the dark side. In some sense, her story telling began with her artwork: from an early age Meagan's illustrations have always been largely narrative and nearly always had some in-depth chronicle behind them. Her last few years of study have directed her style to a somewhat classical pen & ink, resembling old engravings and children's black and white illustrations of the 80s. Although she prefers to work in black and white, she does occasionally venture into the frightening world of watercolors.