When Meredith Finch agreed to do this interview, I may have turned into a complete and total fangirl. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Meredith Finch, she is the writer for Wonder Woman. She is listed in the DC Comics talent directory.
Do you think she’d wear a Wonder Woman crown made by a random fan not associated with this blog? Maybe she’d put it on the shelf with all of the other crowns. Maybe she would wear it to comic book conventions.
So I’m really excited to present this interview.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing or writing?
I would have to say that I am proud of the very first comic book I ever wrote, Tales from Oz: The Cowardly Lion because it was a huge step for me to write for someone other than myself. Equally I’ve very proud of Wonder Woman Issue 51, because I feel like it shows how much I’ve grown over the last few years as a writer.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just turned in script for Wonder Woman #52 which I had a great time working on. It is the finale of the arc I have most recently been working on. It’s been a lot of fun exploring Wonder Woman’s relationships with her family of Olympic Gods.
Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
I love fantasy fiction and the works of CS Lewis, Robert Jordon, David Eddings and Melanie Rawn . Scott Synder has recently had a huge influence on my work and I really credit his mentorship for what I feel I was able to accomplish with Wonder Woman #51.
Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
I don’t think that there is any answer here but Wonder Woman.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I think that we often limit ourselves in that aspect, even more than other people might. Prior to writing the Grimmes Fairy Tales: Tales of Terror #3 and 5, I would have never told you that I could write horror. I made my 11 year old sit through The Others with me and tell me when the scary parts were over. You never know what you can do until you do it.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I absolutely love going to conventions. I think that it is a great way to immerse your self in the culture and interact with like-minded people and fans. I would say that I probably get to 4-6 conventions per year.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
If you had asked me that question 5 years ago I would have definitely said that I was an extrovert. Working at home and being in my own head so much has definitely pushed me in the other direction.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I think you have to find inspiration in your own life. Comic book readers are very sophisticated and they can absolutely tell if the feelings and experiences you are writing about are not authentic.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
Sometimes it can take a few days to work through a case of writer’s block, but ultimately for me, I find sitting down and forcing myself to at least put something on the page is the only thing that works. Going back to pencil and paper makes the experience feel more intimate and helps me get more into the mindset of the character I’m writing.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
I really haven’t. I have been so blessed to meet so many amazing writers and artists in this industry, and ultimately at the end of the day we are all coming from the same place, a love for comics and a desire to give our work and our fans our very best effort.
Beverage of choice?
In the morning… tea. At night when I’m cooking dinner… red wine.
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
It’s been a very long time. The last time I dressed up, I was a single mom and I took my two boys, Hayden and Everett out. I was the Cat in the Hat and they were Things One and Two.
What do you want people to know about you?
That’s probably the hardest question to answer. I’m a very private person and it’s very difficult for me to open up, even with my close friends, about how I’m feeling. I think that’s why I’ve been so drawn to writing. It’s an opportunity for me to express myself without feeling too vulnerable.