Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Megan Miranda was a scientist and high school teacher before writing Fracture, which came out of her fascination with scientific mysteries—especially those associated with the brain. Megan has a BS in biology from MIT and spent her post-college years either rocking a lab coat or reading books. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor. Fracture is her first novel.

Megan is represented by  Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Photo:  Christine Watley Photography

It's no secret that I loved Fracture.  (Here's my review if you need proof.)  But I wanted to get to know this 2012 debut author a little better and see what else she has in store for us.  Megan was kind enough to stop by the blog this week to answer some of my most burning questions:

SEJ:  Fracture is very relatable and realistic, aside from the fact that two teenagers quite possibly act as death's heralds. Were any of the characters or situations in the book based on your own experiences?

MM:  Thank you! No, not the situations or the characters, exactly… though, in hindsight, there are definitely pieces of me in each of the characters. Usually, in their flaws. :) I guess I can relate to those. For me, I think there’s something really universal about the emotional experience of that time in our lives, so, sure, I think there’s truth in the emotion. But not in the specific situation, if that makes sense.

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SEJ:  Fracture works well as a stand-alone novel, but I have to admit, I wouldn't mind seeing how Delaney handles her new ability after the events of this book. Do you have any plans to continue her story?

MM:  I’m honestly not planning on it. I love the way you phrased this question, because this is actually why I’m not planning on it. The story in my head and in my heart was about an ordinary girl who survives something in an extraordinary way…and how that would affect her and everyone around her (and, of course, the journey of discovering what, exactly, is happening). Truthfully, it didn’t really occur to me that I was writing a paranormal story until I went to query it. To write a story about how Delaney handles her ability going forward… would be a different type of story altogether. I’m actually pretty happy with leaving the story where it is….I think it’s complete, in a way.

SEJ:  You've also written a short story told from Decker's point-of-view, entitled Eleven Minutes. I found Troy to be just as fascinating, though. Would you ever consider writing his side of the story?

MM:  I would….. Haha, I guess I should expand on that. The amount of Troy that made it on the page is just a sliver of the story of Troy in my head. But, of course, Fracture wasn’t his story. I’d be open to it, but at the moment I’m getting lost in a few new projects.

SEJ:  Fracture is your first novel. Are there any other 2012 debut novels you're particularly looking forward to?

MM:  There are so many 2012 debuts I can’t wait to get my hands on! I’ve loved the ones I’ve read so far (Ditched, Under the Never Sky, Tempest, Slide, The Mapmaker and The Ghost). I’m going to make a plan for the summer to try and read as many of the early 2012 releases as possible.

SEJ:  I loved Fracture and can't wait to read more from you. Do you currently have any other books in the works?

MM:  Yes! I have another standalone set to come out in early 2013. It’s a psychological thriller in the same vein as Fracture, in that it walks the line between science and paranormal. But it’s also pretty different. It’s about memories, friendship, and the thin line between the real and the imagined. That book is done, so I’ve been toying with a new project (another thriller) that I’m really excited about.

SEJ:  And, of course, I have to ask: If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

MM:  Since Delaney has to think about this, I definitely did as well. Truthfully, there’s not any one Big Thing I’d do. I’d spend it how I spend most days: with my 2 kids, doing something they absolutely love.

SEJ:  Congrats on your debut novel, Megan, and I look forward to reading more from you.  Thanks so much for stopping by to answer a few questions!

MM:  Thanks for having me!

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  1. I have an ArC, so I'm not entering. But I did love this interview. I e always been interested in brain injury, so I live that Miranda had a scientific approach. I also love the fact that Fractured is a stand-alone. There a way too few of those, in my opinion.
    Thanks for a great interview!
    (ps- my daughter's name is Delaney, so that makes this book extra cool)

    1. I know...I'm always happy to run across a stand-alone, too. I love series, but sometimes a girl wants to read the whole story in one sitting, ya know?

      And that's such a cute name! :)

  2. What a great interview! I always like hearing where authors get their info and inspiration from. I can't wait to read this one, especially since it's a stand alone - and I just know it's going to be a good one! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have thought about this book for a while now, but after reading this interview I can’t wait to get a hold of a copy! Great interview! :)

  4. I tried to invite you as a friend on GoodReads but it didn't show you as you indicated. If you invite me (PopcornReads), I'll be happy to accept.

  5. Eeeeep!!! What an incredible interview! Your questions were so original and so eloquently phrased. I haz elerquence, two. Anyway, my wonderful and most loved friend let me borrow her copy of Fracture. Well, I loved the book so much I just had to enter to win my very own. Also... I feel really good about this. Bwahaha! <3


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