Interview with YA Author Megan Miranda & Hardcover Giveaway of Fracture
A lot can happen in 11 minutes… like you can read this fun interview with Megan Miranda (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Today, I am thrilled to welcome YA author Megan Miranda to my blog. Her debut novel Fracture is AMAZING! If you enjoy books that are told in a literary style and feature paranormal elements while remaining firmly rooted in reality, then Fracture is definitely for you. If you need more convincing, hop on over to GoodReads and check out my four-star review (that’s here). You can also check out this cool book trailer… Remember, I’m giving away a hardcover copy of Fracture; the entry info is at the very bottom of this post.
I want to start with my signature question. It’s kind of nuts, but it will help everyone to understand Fracture like they’ve never understood it before! Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, and food.
Color: Blue. A) It’s my favorite color, and I kind of like my book and all; B) It’s cold. Very cold. One of my friends designed business cards for me before we had a cover, and he made them this deep blue. He had only read the first chapter, but he said my book felt like the color blue. And I agree.
Animal: Flying fish. You may think you’re in for a straight paranormal romance (there’s an element that is, arguably, paranormal; and there is, you know, romance), but then the fish jumps out of the freaking water.
US city: Boston: it’s small, but there’s a lot going on…
Car: Some sort of SUV. Trust me, there’s a lot of snow.
Food: Cereal. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With milk or without. Sometimes it feels healthy, sometimes it doesn’t. Eat it in a bowl or straight out of the box. Use a spoon or grab fistfuls with your hand. I won’t judge.
You have a BS in Biology from MIT, the creme de le creme of technological universities. You’ve also written a wonderful work of literary YA fiction. So tell me, are you more author or science geek? Give us an example to explain your choice.
Thank you! Honestly, I think my answer to this has changed over the years. Growing up, I was totally a science geek who just happened to love to write. Actually, my high school advisor was the one who gave me that very label. He said I was a science kid who just happened to also love English. I’m not entirely sure I agree – I think my writing teachers saw the writer first…. But from his perspective, I think that’s a fair assessment. Now, though, I’d say I’m an author who likes science. Really I think it has to do with priorities, more than anything. When I was studying and working in the science industry, most of my time was devoted to science (and a lot of my free time was spent reading science journals, etc). Writing and reading were my “weekend activities.” But after I had kids, I wanted to pursue the writing, give myself a real shot. Now I prioritize that first, and most of my time is spent reading or writing, with “free time” spent reading science journals, or researching something I’m interested in.
My favorite detail of the book is the story of how Delaney and Decker met. Delaney has a huge scowl on her face, and he promises he’s going to make her smile. From there, they become best friends and maybe, sort of, almost more. How did you develop the friendship between these two, and did you borrow any bits from your real life relationships?
Not exactly. More from the idea of one. I grew up across the street from a boy who was also my best friend. He moved away when I was 7. And now my daughter is living next door to her best friend, a boy she’s known her entire life. So I got to thinking: when does the relationship start to get hard? I think it’s such a common thing, having a boy for a best friend. I had guy friends in high school, but it’s not exactly the same as a friendship that transitions from childhood. So I developed the friendship from a what if situation: what would happen if someone doesn’t move away; if you have to transition to adulthood together.
This question comes from my good friend Vicky at the Books, Biscuits, and Tea blog: One of the things I loved about Fracture the most was its characters. The protagonists were easily relatable and the Delaney – Decker duo was fantastic. My favorite character is robably Decker but even though it’s been almost two months since I’ve read the book, I still wouldn’t be able to tell you what it is about him that I love so much. There’s something about him, something I can’t quite put my finger on that makes you like him even if he’s being rude or annoying. Are there any characters in Fracture you feel particularly close to? Were there any characters you struggled with when you were writing the book?
Well, Decker was my favorite to write…. but I was closest to Delaney. I spent a lot (A LOT) of time in her head, for better or worse. I also really liked Janna, mostly because I feel like she was someone I would’ve been friends with.
I did struggle with Troy a bit, but not for the reasons people probably think. I felt like I knew him really well (he changed a lot during rewrites), but all his history didn’t have a place in the book. And I had to be okay with that: with hoping that people understood him, could see that history, without every detail.
You drop some serious references to Les Miserables in Fracture. From Delaney asking Decker to read her the 1400+ page unabridged edition (I’ve read it; it’s one of my favorite books!) to their attending the musical adaptation together to the song lyrics running through Delaney’s head at a key moment in the plot. Why Les Mis and how do the themes of love, redemption, justice, and role expectations play into the deeper meaning of Fracture?
Oh man, love and redemption – that’s pretty much everything, you know? The idea that we can be redeemed for anything is powerful. That someone can leave prison, break parole, start a new life, take in a child (a la Les Mis), spend another lifetime devoting himself to that cause… it really resonated with me the first time I saw the musical (and then read the book) (and then saw the musical) (and then saw it again). A lot of times, people ask me about how… certain characters…. could forgive… certain things. And I think it all comes back to this idea: that the past doesn’t have to be all of you. That you can spend a lifetime regretting, or you can spend a lifetime living (and in the process, forgiving).
The characters in Les Mis were also very memorable, in that I felt that they all felt so strongly about their positions (especially when it comes to justice). These are all themes that resonated with me then, and still resonate with me now.
And we close off with a question that makes perfect sense for those who have read the novel: If you had one day left to live, what would you do? How would you spend it?
I definitely thought a lot about this while writing the book, because Delaney had to think about it. And the truth is, there isn’t one Big Thing I’m waiting to do. Writing the book did change me a bit—I try not to wait.
If I had one day left, I’d spend it how I spend most days: I’d spend it with my kids, doing something they absolutely love.
Sounds awesome, right?
And you could win a free copy!
I’m giving away a hardcover copy of Fracture via the Book Depository. This giveaway ends on Friday, April 27. The winner will be emailed and announced in my next book review post. At which point, a new giveaway will begin. Keep coming back on Fridays to enter for your chance to win amazing books. And, hey, good luck.