Megan Hicks is a story teller, an author, and an artist. She has received four national story telling awards. Megan has two published CDs on which she tells original stories. She has a short story published in the "South Dakota Review," and she writes for our very own local magazine, The Front Porch. In her "Discovery" column, Megan does interviews on a variety of topics and people each month. Downtown at the LibertyTown Art Workshop, Megan has a studio and her work on display. She is a talented mixed media artist or "trash artist," as she calls herself. She also does origami and makes "wearables," like jewelry.
Megan's greatest influences are Garrison Keillor, both an author and story teller like herself, her mother, and grandparents.
Megan was born in west Texas. Her father was in the oil business so her family moved around in the same way that families involved with the military do. She grew up in a small town in Wyoming called Riverton and spent four years in Oklahoma City, where she had a sense of homecoming since this is where her family was originally from. She finished up high school in Southern California and started college. Her parents moved to Australia so, at nineteen, she was living completely by her own means. After trying to live with her parents in Australia, Megan found herself unable to make it work between her then estranged parents. She moved around before settling for a while in Washington State and then, ultimately, in Oklahoma for sixteen years where she married and raised her two children.
Megan began to write when she was eight years old. She was a natural, writing young, enthusiastic, adorable poetry. She began a neighborhood paper that she produced herself, but it only lasted a couple of weeks. She had a method of collecting and compiling neighborhood news, writing all the stories, typing them with the technology offered by too many sheets of carbon paper and an old typewriter, selling, and delivering. In the sixth grade, she began a sequel to Huck Finn. In school, she and her friends would pass their stories around and read over them. By the ninth grade, she was into guitars and folk songs.
After high school, she became very serious about writing songs. In Australia, she wrote for a pop culture tabloid called, "Go Set." She also recorded an album of original songs, on which she wrote, sang, and played the guitar with a band. She continued writing songs for six or seven years. It was during this time that she fell into a deeply religious phase. Everything was Christian acoustic. She never went professional, but made a living playing at parties and weddings.
She attended undergraduate school at Abilene Christian College in Texas, Chapman College in California, and the University of California. She received her bachelors at the University of Central Oklahoma and, after receiving a library degree at University of Oklahoma, she received a degree in writing at University of Central Oklahoma.
When asking what her greatest accomplishment was, Megan first told me what it was not. It was not her children. They are wonderful and she loves all that they are, but she claims that she "can't take credit for what [her] kids became." She says that they are a gift, not an achievement. Megan states that her biggest accomplishment was making her niche. One of the toughest things she had to face became the biggest accomplishment of her life. It started fifteen years ago when she decided to move to Fredericksburg with her children, a library degree, and no experience. She had no friends, no job, and no idea what she would become. Today Megan has a home and place of belonging in Fredericksburg.
Megan Hicks has filled an array of jobs. She has been a sales clerk at a pet shop and grooming parlor. She has worked at Disneyland in California. She has been an office assistant, interior decorator, copy editor, librarian, and full time free lance story teller. She has worked in a warehouse, and for "Go Set" magazine in Australia.
Currently, she is working on what sounds like an amazing historical fiction piece. She is caught up in the research on Virginia Civil War history. The piece will be as historically accurate as possible. The working title is Invisible Spies and she plans to focus on the contributions free and enslaved blacks offered the Union cause. She wants the active characters of many blacks of the time period to be revealed, as it is not taught in school and she feels it should be.