After reading Fracture, I had a ton of burning questions. And lucky for me, and my fellow blog readers, author Megan Miranda agreed to answer a few questions. Most of my questions I did not ask, because answers would lead to major spoilers. And let’s be honest, no one likes spoilers. But I did ask questions, and Megan Miranda was gracious enough to take time from her busy schedule to answer them.
BookBandit (BB): Could you tell me a little about yourself, and your background as a writer?
Megan Miranda (MM): Sure! I have a degree in Biology and worked in biotech for a few years before becoming a high school science teacher, which I did for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom… which is what I currently do. As for my background as a writer, I don’t really have official credentials for it like I do for science and teaching. It’s just something I’ve always done. It was my hobby—that dream I dreamed of doing but thought it was only a dream because that’s what dreams are. It wasn’t until my kids were 1 and 3 (and finally sleeping through the night), that I decided to take a real shot at it—to take my writing seriously and treat it as a job, in the hopes that one day it would become my job. So I wrote every night until I had the first (messy)version of Fracture.
BB: Fracture is your first book correct? What was the best and the hardest part of writing it?
MM: It is my first book, but I wrote it three times before I got it right. I wrote that first version over the course of four months, but it wasn’t working. The best part, actually, was those four months:the feeling that anything could happen, discovering my voice as a writer, developing the characters, letting the adrenaline push me through to the finish line. The hardest part was starting over. Twice. Though the second time was easier, because I had the confidence by then to know I could do it again.
BB: I picked up a copy of Fracture at this year’s BookExpo. The copy’s cover was bear with only the title in bold letter across the front. I’ve recently seen the final cover, and it’s beautiful. I wanted to ask you, as an author and the creator of Fracture, how much of a hand do you have in the cover’s creation?
MM: Not much, which, in my case, is a good thing. Art and I, we are not one with the universe. My publisher and I had a conversation about some ideas early on—I thought their ideas sounded fantastic, and I said as much. Then, when they had a cover concept, they asked for my feedback, and I was all AHH, I LOVE IT. So…I guess if I had reservations, we would’ve discussed it further, but there was no need. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a more fitting cover. I am so thrilled with it.
BB: According to your “about me” section of your website, you’re a scientist turned teacher turned writer. How have your previous lines of work inspired your current? How has it shaded and molded Fracture into what it is?
MM: Well, I think who I am colors how I write. I may see things more from that science background ,and I question the why and how and what-if a lot. I’m not sure if it’s my previous work that influences Fracture as much as my passions that influence it. I was, and still am, passionate about science—both what we can explain and what we can’t—just like I am, and always have been, passionate about writing. I hope both sides of me show through in Fracture.
BB: When creating characters, do you think it’s easier to create characters based upon people you know or creating them from your imagination?
MM: Definitely from my imagination. Honestly, though, that’s the part I enjoy the most: developing characters, letting them take over and discovering who they are. The relationships are the most interesting to me, so it’s not so much just creating characters as it is creating relationships. I can’t say I’ve based any character off of anyone I know, though I’m sure there are small elements that make it in.
BB: What was the inspiration behind Fracture?
MM: I’ve always been drawn to the stories we can’t explain—the people who survive what they shouldn’t—the unexplainable, the almost-miracles. For all that science can explain, there is still so much unknown about the brain. People can change after developing a tumor, or after an injury, or they can recover in different ways. Which to me begged the question, how much of us is determined by our DNA? How much of us is something more? I had a lot of questions like that churning away inside of me, and writing Fracture was kind of my outlet for them.
BB: As a young adult author, what are some of your favorite young adult books out there now?
MM: Oh, this could be a very long list. Some of my all-time favorite YA books are: I am the Messenger, Looking for Alaska, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Imaginary Girls, If I Stay, Where She Went, and Before I Fall.
BB: I’m sure readers will want to know, what’s up next for you? If you’re working on a new book, could you share any details about it?
MM: I’m currently revising my second book, due to come out early 2013. It’s another standalone, kind of in the same vein as Fracture in that it walks the line a bit between science and paranormal. But it also walks the line between the real and the imagined. It’s a psychological thriller, it’s about memories, and it’s about friendship…and that’s all I can say at the moment!
BB: What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Advice that you wish someone would have given you before writing Fracture?
MM: I’d tell people to embrace what makes them different. I believe that’s what’ll make you stand out. And also, the delete key is not your enemy.
THANK YOU to Megan Miranda for answering some of my burning questions. I loved Fracture and hope that all of you will when you read it (because I know you will)! For more information on author Megan Miranda check out her website. And don’t forget to get your own copy of Fracture (due out January 2012)!