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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Author Interview—Megan Miranda

I can't tell you how excited I am about the author interview I have for today. Megan Miranda is an acclaimed YA author who happens to be the writer of some of my favorite YA books. Just to name a few of her works: FRACTURE, VENGEANCE, HYSTERIA, and her most recent novel SOULPRINT released in February.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Megan over coffee/hot cocoa, and I can attest that she is as lovely in person as she appears online. So, without further ado, let's get to the interview!

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I absolutely love the premise for SOULPRINT. What inspired you to write the novel?

Thank you! The idea for Soulprint came from a question I had years ago, when I was studying science in school. We had been learning about the human genome project—where scientists were mapping each section of our DNA to what it coded for—and I wondered: what if scientists found the soul? What would that look like? What would that mean? How could we use that….and, in the case of this story, how might that be used against us?



We often hear that writers unconsciously leave a little of themselves in their main character. How are you the same or different from Alina in SOULPRINT?

Oh, definitely. I think there are pieces of myself in each of my characters (totally subconsciously) because they are characteristics I am familiar with. I tend to be drawn to writing only children, since I am also one. Looking at it from the outside, I think we also share common interests, and that desire for knowledge.

But in practice, we are very different. A lot of Alina’s character comes as a result of her circumstances (she is very secretive and internal because she’s been unable to trust anyone; and she’s been contained on an island for her entire life, so she is driven---above all else—to escape at any cost).



Soulprint delves into the idea of a past life for the soul. If you had a past life, who would you have been or what would you have accomplished?

I don’t think I’d even want to know! Which is something I thought about a lot while writing Soulprint. Does that knowledge of who we were and what we’ve done help us or hurt us? Does that knowledge influence who we ultimately will become in this life? If we know, are we destined to essentially repeat the past?



What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the edits for my next YA – which is about a girl named Kelsey who has been raised on fear by her mother, who was a victim of abduction many years earlier. When her mother goes missing, Kelsey begins to question the sequence of events she’s grown up with, and realizes she may have just set something dangerous in motion.

I also have a debut adult suspense novel coming out next year, which is about 2 girls who go missing 10 years apart, and whose cases are linked by the same group of friends in a small NC town. The story is told over the course of 2 weeks, and it’s also told backwards.



What bit of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

The advice I always give first is to read a lot—both the types of books you like, and ones you think you might not. And to write. Write a lot. Try new things. Remember that if something doesn’t work, it’s not a failure—it’s just a step, a part of the process that will eventually get you to the version that works. Keep writing. Write the stories that speak to you, because I think it’s the things that make us different that will make our work stand out.

Now for some fun questions! :)

Tell us something nobody knows about you.

Oh man, that nobody knows? Okay. *I* am the one who ate all that missing Halloween candy, kids.


What would we find recorded on your DVR? In other words, what are your favorite TV shows?

The Blacklist…. I’m so far behind on television, everything else is just playing catch-up on Netflix. And I still haven’t gotten over the fact that Friday Night Lights has ended.



List five adjectives to describe yourself.

Type-A. Caffeinated (at the moment). Uncoordinated. Short. Not-a-morning-person.



If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Well, not to be totally creepy, but…. Pretend to be a ghost? Levitate objects? Move things around and freak people out? All in the name of book research, of course!



If someone made a movie of your life, what would the name of the movie be?

Fueled By Pop-Tarts & Coffee


Thanks so much, Megan!

Thanks so much for having me!



Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.

This stunning “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.



Author bio:

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint (all from Bloomsbury). Her debut adult suspense novel will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children.

You can find Megan here: Website 

You can buy SOULPRINT here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
 

5 comments:

mshatch said...

"...if something doesn’t work, it’s not a failure—it’s just a step, a part of the process that will eventually get you to the version that works."

I so agree with this. I've had to reverse directions so many times to get to the right version I've lost count. I like to think of it as practice. No one plays a perfect piece of music their first time with an instrument, it takes practice, and lots of it.

Oh, and I love the Blacklist, too :)

Stephen Tremp said...

It's great to meet Megan. And when I have something that doesn;t belong, I cut and paste it into my Junkyard. It's not junk though as I can usually find a use for it somewhere down the line.

Liz A. said...

Being in prison for something done in a past life? What an interesting concept.

Leandra Wallace said...

Great movie name! The s'mores pop tarts are my fav. =)

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Move things around and freak people out — that cracked me up. That would be fun.

The idea of a soul print reaching through past lives is fascinating. I can't imagine having your life dictated by something that happened in the past. Sounds like a great read!