Megan Blandford wanted to write since the moment she borrowed her mum’s pen to draw in all her books. While her mother wasn’t happy with this phase, it lit a fire in Megan that led to writing in far more acceptable places.
First pursuing a successful corporate career and postgraduate studies in human resources management, Megan used the career break after the birth of her first daughter to launch a writing career. Her passion quickly became telling the real stories behind the masks that families create, sharing her mental health battles and challenges with motherhood, and noticing that her stories rang true for many others. One reader eloquently described Megan’s writing as, “When you think you’re about to look into a window, and instead find yourself looking in a mirror”.
Megan is now a prolific freelance writer, an in-demand corporate content creator and a well-respected voice on mental health and parenting.
She writes for Sunday Life, Kidspot, SBS, Whimn, Essential Baby, Daily Life, Headspace and Body+Soul. She also writes for companies such as mental health foundation SuperFriend, Blackmores, Bupa, Wines of the King Valley, Australian Unity, NAB and RedBalloon.
Megan has now added book writing to her repertoire, and enjoys being able to sign her name in the front of them without being told off by her mum. Her first book is ‘I’m Fine (and other lies)’ (Wild Dingo Press, 2019), which tells the story of her experience with postnatal depression and finding hope again.
She lives on a small farm in north-east Victoria with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys the occasional foray away from her desk to travel, hike, ski, listen in to other people’s conversations for story ideas, and spend time with her family and friends.
Her writing can be seen at www.meganblandford.net.
Megan has spoken at many writers’ festivals, workshops and bespoke sessions in local communities. She covers topics around mental health, self-kindness, writing and sharing our own stories. While these topics can be heavy, Megan brings a warm, conversational and funny touch to her talks. With a background in corporate human resources, she is comfortable in workplace settings as well as large or small groups.