Friday, June 15, 2012

Megan Miranda Author Interview

Book Nerd Interview

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.

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What was your first introduction to YA literature, the one that made you choose that genre to write?

I read a lot growing up—both YA and adult. But the book that re-introduced me to YA and inspired me to follow my voice down that path when I began writing was Looking for Alaska.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

For most of my childhood, I wanted to be a football player when I grew up. Which is ridiculous, because I never played football. And I had zero hand-eye coordination. And I’ve always been on the small side. But our family Sunday’s were spent watching football together, and I guess the idea stuck.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Fracture is the first book I wrote, though I wrote it 3 times to get it right. I was 27/28.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

Just one thing? Oh man. I was a total nerd. I loved school. In hindsight, I think the best thing I learned was that you don’t have to choose just one passion.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Mother, writer, nerd.

Did you learn anything from writing Fracture and what was it?

I learned a lot about the process of writing a book (and all the elements I was missing in my first attempt) while writer and rewriting (and rewriting) Fracture.

For those who are unfamiliar with Delaney how would you introduce her?

Smart and stubborn, and currently broken.

What part of Troy did you enjoy writing the most?

The side of him that reminds you he’s still a kid—a kid who’s lost a lot

If you could introduce Delaney to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Ed Kennedy from I Am The Messenger. They both wonder a lot about the purpose of it all, what they’re supposed to be doing with what they have… if they can make a difference.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

My agent, Sarah Davies. I didn’t know other writers when I was writing Fracture, and she was the person who took a leap of faith on my writing and taught me the difference between writing and writing a book.

How many books have you written?

I’ve completed 2 so far: Fracture & Hysteria (which comes out in early 2013) – I’m currently writing my third, which will be a sequel/companion to Fracture.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

I’m not sure whether I’m qualified to hand out advice. But I think this goes along with Fracture, and along with writing, and pretty much everything: do what makes you happy.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

What’s your favorite book? It’s not so much that I lie… it’s that I can never decide, so the answer usually depends on my mood.

Who was your first boyfriend?

His name was Jordan. It was 7th grade. He had his friend ask me out for him over the phone. I had my friend break up with him over the phone while I listened in on conference call. Oh, to be 12 again.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?

Data entry. I broke the day down into 15 minute increments and still checked the clock about every 30 seconds.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?

My mom.

When was the last time you cried?

While reading The Fault in Our Stars.

Where can readers stalk you?

On twitter: @MeganLMiranda
or my blog:

Thanks for having me!

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

The highly engaging Fracture by Megan Miranda encompasses a story that easily draws in its readers. From the beginning, it straps in the reader into the front seat of a roller-coaster ride full of emotions. The tension and suspense are fully charged and Megan’s writing style is ready to employ endless nights of page turning. The premise itself is enough to fall in love with this book. Readers will find its magnetic attraction appealing and will have a difficult time putting it down.

The story follows Delaney, whose life is forever changed after an incident that nearly killed her. When she runs into Troy, readers are struck with a great mystery that leaves no room for prediction. When things appear to be going in a straight line and all the planets seem to align, the next page throws a curve ball and readers are presented to some great plot twists. Highly entertaining, nail-biting, and mysterious from start to end.

As the end nears, it joins all of the story’s amazing attributes and displays a spectacular ending that leaves room for a sequel. Megan has created a wonderful story inside a beautiful world with unforgettable characters. The building materials of this book, stemming from the world-building, character development, writing approach, and story advancement delivered a remarkable recipe for a sturdily and entertaining story. I am certain Megan’s next projects will include the same elements that makes Fracture a must-read. 

Fracture is about a seventeen year old girl, Delaney, who falls into a frozen lake and gets trapped under the ice for eleven minutes. In those eleven minutes her best friend, Decker, fights off their other friends in the means to go back to Delaney to save her life. The story then tells what follows after those eleven minutes and how everyones life will never be the same again.
This is the debut book for author Megan Miranda and is phenomenal. Its not really on the paranormal side with the sense that its not really about zombies or vampires or any of those paranormal creatures but its paranormal in the way that when Delaney is saved by Decker she has a new sense to go with her other 5. It was such an amazing new read and it really hit home with the whole dealing with death and the death of people you love. I was not expecting it to be such a wow'ing kind of book and not really have any paranormal beings in it, but it was just Wow.
I loved all the characters, especially Decker. Though I found him very stubborn at times but so were a lot of the characters. The only thing that I didnt like was I wish it had more to it. I wanted more detail or more about what was going on or just more in general. When Fracture ended I didnt want it to, I craved more. I wanted to get rid of the ughhhh feeling I ended up with because of Delaney and Deckers relationship. I just wanted more...
Though over all this was a short read that you should look into if your into those heart touching kind of books. Something unique, very enjoyable and at times funny even when the story is about a girl that gets trapped under a iced over lake for eleven minutes. 

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Megan for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a complete Swag by Megan Miranda.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Bookmark & Bookplate by Megan Miranda.
1 Winner will receive a Signed Bookmark by Megan Miranda.
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  1. COFFEE!!!!! i love it :D cannot live without it lol
    thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. Favorite kinds of drink would have to be...soda, lmao! It's bad and all that but whatev, I looooove it!

  3. Bacardi and pineapple juice, yum yum! Can't have it while breastfeeding though :(

  4. My favourite drink is coffee! I love tea as well. :-)

  5. I love hot choc. when it's cold out, smoothies or a Van. milkshake when it's hot out.

  6. I tend to drink water almost exclusively. But for a treat I will drink chocolate milk or hot chocolate.

  7. my favorite kind of drink is Pepsi thanks for the awesome giveaway

  8. My fave drink is Dr.Pepper =) I also like it with a bit of Vodka hehe

  9. A hot mug of cocoa with whipped-cream on top :)

  10. I used to love Battery (the energy drink.) :) Now I mostly drink orance and pineapple juice. :) I love that :D Hih. <3

  11. Water! I think I'm addicted to it :D

  12. Fizzy drinks and apple juice are lovely-though not together!

    Thanks for the giveaway-Fracture's and absolutely amazing book1

  13. I love sprite and coke! I also like water at times....

    Great giveaway!

  14. My favourite drink is hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream.

  15. Dunkin' Donuts iced coconut coffee with cream and no sugar. :) Other than coffee, I drink a lot of water! Thank you for the giveaway and interview! :)

  16. i guess my favorite is either diet coke of mtn dew : )

  17. actually the best thing to drink is H2O.

  18. Coca-Cola :D

  19. Water and coffee. I cannot live without them!!

  20. I absolutely LOVE Iced Capps from Tim Horton's.

  21. Green Tea or Dr. Pepper:)

  22. I love lemon iced tea. Thanks for this great giveaway and interview.
    -Maritza R

  23. white chocolate mocha from starbucks!!

  24. Sweet tea! A very close second is Dr. Pepper!

  25. I cna't go without a coffee or a mocha

  26. Aside from tea and OJ - I would say Wine (red or white).

  27. Starbuck's passion fruit shaken iced tea:)

  28. Favorite drink is a jack & coke!! :D

  29. It depends on if I want something cold or hot. It's a toss up between Diet Dr. Pepper and Coffee.

  30. Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows yum it's a special treat

  31. Chai latte or hot's a draw

  32. Sprite is my favorite drink Thanks for the giveaway

  33. I love tea!! all kind of tea! haha

  34. Coffee in the morning, and Dr. Pepper in the evening!

  35. I was addicted to soda, but I'm trying to not drinking it since it's really bad for my health, so now, Orange Juice is my fav :)

  36. I love smoothies and tea. Can't live without either

  37. Alcoholic: Strawberry daiquiris
    Non-Alcoholic: raspberry and guava ice smoothies.

  38. Tea or hot chocolate with cream and caramel

  39. A really cold glass of iced tea.

  40. I'm so boring, my favorite drink is water!

  41. I love ice cappacinos, and coke.
    It's weird because I hate regular coffee.

    Nazish @ Nazish Reads

  42. Coffee!!! Especially, Latte!!!

    Thank you for this!!!