If you missed my introductory post on the Standalone Spotlight feature, go here.
For those of who have already read the post – you’ll know that FRACTURE is my Standalone Spotlight for the month of January! And today, I’ve invited Megan Miranda herself over to the blog!
Megan Miranda: Writing Fracture was my outlet for a lot of questions I’d had in the back of my mind for a while. I have a background in science, but I was always drawn to the mysteries—the things that didn’t seem to follow the rules, or to the things science couldn’t explain yet. I wondered how much of us, and of our brains, was determined by DNA, and how much was something more. I wondered why some people who were supposed to live, died—and why some people who were supposed to die, lived. I don’t have any answers, but the questions inspired me to write. I guess it’s my way of trying to make sense of things.
IceyBooks: Did you ever think you’d be able to get published?
Megan Miranda: Interesting question… yes, I knew it was a long shot. I think we all know it’s a long shot. On the flip side, I wouldn’t have spent the time researching agents and writing query letters and sending my manuscript out into cyberspace if I didn’t think there was a possibility I’d be able to get published. It’s not that I thought I would, but I definitely thought I could. Secretly, I think we’re all optimists.
IceyBooks: When did you decide you were going to be a writer?
Megan Miranda: Oh, I thought I’d be a writer (among other things) when I was growing up. But I unintentionally abandoned it after high school when I pursued science as a career. I was under the assumption I could only pick one thing to study, so I picked. I really do love science—I guess I assumed I’d just keep writing right alongside it. Only….I didn’t. Life happened. No regrets, but I went many years doing things other than writing. I missed writing. It wasn’t until I had changed careers and eventually stopped working to stay home with my kids that I took it back up again in a serious way.
IceyBooks: What is your favorite part of nature? The trees, the wind, the earth itself, etc..
Megan Miranda: My parents’ idea of vacation when I was growing up was to go hiking. By the time I moved out, I felt like I had hiked up every mountain in the northeast. Some, more than once. I used to complain about it, mostly because I was a teenager and my parents were waking me up at 6am on vacation—but truth is, I loved it. I think because of that, I’ll always be drawn to the mountains.
IceyBooks: In a YA world full of trilogies, was FRACTURE purposely made a standalone, or was it unintentional?
Megan Miranda: I didn’t think to myself, “I’m going to write a standalone,” but I didn’t think, “I’m going to write a series,” or “I’m going to write a trilogy” either. It’s just the way I see stories. Also, for me, the part I love the most about writing is developing characters and relationships, and I like to start fresh with each story. I guess it’s a personal preference. I’m drawn to standalones.
IceyBooks: Did you have any say in how the cover turned out?
Megan Miranda: Yes and no. I was definitely given the opportunity to provide input….except I didn’t have any. Seriously. When this cover concept showed up in my inbox, all I could think was HOLY CRAP, YES. Which was pretty much my response. I wasn’t involved, but I think it’s the perfect cover for the story.
IceyBooks: Can you tell us how you signed with your agent?
Megan Miranda: I’m probably a bad example, because I think I queried too soon. Like two drafts too soon. I spent a lot of time researching agents who I thought would be a good fit for both me and my writing and who seemed to be looking for the type of book I was writing. I think I targeted them well. Several were interested, though they felt I had a bit of work to do still (truth: I did). I signed with Sarah Davies (an amazing agent and a great match for me, both personally and professionally), and I rewrote (twice) over the course of 6 months before Fracture went out on submission to publishers.