Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Q&A with Megan Miranda author of Fracture

 Hi Megan and thank you so much for agreeing to this Q&A.

Tell us a little about the novel, it looks to be a mystery and has some paranormal tendencies, would that be an accurate assumption. Tell us more.
I think that’s accurate. I’d say the paranormal element is a little subtler, more in the background—though obviously still relevant to the plot. Fracture is about Delaney Maxwell, who’s trapped under the ice of a Maine lake for eleven minutes. She should be dead, or at the very least, significantly brain damaged. But 6 days later, she wakes from her coma, seemingly fine. She’s definitely not fine—she seems to be able to sense when people are near death. Problem is, she doesn’t know whether she’s drawn to it or causing it.

Your new release Fracture looks really good and I see it’s shelved as a YA.
Do you think adult readers would enjoy it also?
I hope so! On the one hand, Delaney is 17, and therefore concerned with 17-year-old things: she’s vying for valedictorian, has a very complicated relationship with her neighbor/best-friend/boy-who-rescued-her-from-the-lake, and has trouble understanding her mother. On the other hand, this is also the story of Delaney discovering what makes someone alive—and what makes life worth living. And I think that’s something that transcends age.

Fracture is your debut novel congratulations
Did you always want to be an author?
Thank you! I’ve always wanted to write, but being an author seemed like such a dream. So I wrote as a hobby. I don’t think it occurred to me that it was something I could pursue for real. It wasn’t until I was older—after I’d had kids—that I decided to take my writing seriously. I figured it was my chance to take a real shot at it.

Was your initiation into the publishing process smooth.
It was. I did a lot of work leading up to publication (6 months of revisions after signing with my agent)—but since I started working with the publishing house, it’s really been a phenomenal experience. A lot of work, but very rewarding.

It says on your bio that you were a scientist and a high school teacher before writing this novel.
Do you still teach and what kind of science were you involved in.
I taught high school science. I have two kids—5 and 3—and I’ve been home with them since my first was born. Before teaching, I worked in biotech for several years, which is what I went to school for.

Tell us something about Megan
My love of science definitely influences the way I write. I’ve always loved science and ended up studying it in school (and eventually working in the field)—but I was always drawn to the stories we don’t quite understand. The things that science can’t explain yet. That’s where I get my story ideas.

Are you planning your next novel and will it be another YA
Yes, my second book is another standalone YA, and it’s scheduled to come out in early 2013.

Do you have any events planned at Barnes and Noble, I’m sure there are many club members here who would love to meet and greet you personally.
Yes! On Saturday, January 21st, I’ll be at the Huntersville, NC Barnes & Noble at 12pm. And on Tuesday, January 24th, I’ll be at the Bella Terra Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, CA at 7pm. If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you!

Megan thanks so much for doing this Q&A, taking time out for us and good luck with the novel.
Thanks so much for having me!

Buy the book here visit the author's website here


  1. Great interview. I preordered this, i'm 45 and love all genres including YA

  2. I can't wait to read my copy too kimba, then we'll compare notes :)