This morning I have an interview and giveaway with Megan Miranda, as well as a review Vengeance that posts later today. Be sure to check it out!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Megan Miranda] Writes thrillers. Fears everything. Hi.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Vengeance?
[Megan Miranda] Sure! It takes place about 8 months after the events in Fracture, and it’s narrated by Decker. After Delaney survived the un-survivable, and after the deaths that happened seemingly in her place, people start whispering about a curse. Decker doesn’t believe, until yet another tragedy—and then there’s just too much coincidence. It seems that someone, or something, wants vengeance.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Megan Miranda] All of the characters from Fracture are back in Vengeance, but it was really fun to see them all through someone else’s perspective. Many of them were primarily Decker’s friends first, so I really liked seeing them through his eyes.
I wanted the characters to be from a small town, because I think there’s something both comforting and difficult about being surrounded by people who’ve all known each other their entire lives—there are very few secrets.
As for the concept of Vengeance, when I started wondering what happens next after Fracture, I thought a lot about place. What happens in a place where there had been a miracle, but several deaths following that miracle? How much coincidence before people start wondering if a place is cursed? And what can that curse be used for?
[Manga Maniac Café] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Megan Miranda] Discovering what happened next with my characters. I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel when I first wrote Fracture, but I’m so glad I got the opportunity to do so. I really enjoyed writing from Decker’s perspective and seeing everyone, including Delaney, in a new light.
[Manga Maniac Café] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Megan Miranda] Since I wasn’t planning on writing a sequel when I wrote Fracture, I suddenly found myself bound to every detail in place in that finished book. I couldn’t change a character’s personality, or a backstory, or a detail of the setting, to help the plot. The story had a past. I had to work with everything I’d left myself with. And that was difficult at first, not having complete freedom of character. But in other ways, it was like visiting old friends.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Megan Miranda] This answer will probably change daily, depending on my mood. But when I wrote Vengeance, the song I listened to on repeat throughout the day was Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait.”
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Megan Miranda] My phone. I mean, never. Not even to walk to the mailbox. I should probably work on that.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Megan Miranda] A ceramic paperclip holder that my daughter made in school; a plot board to remind myself about where I am in a story; a box full of every different color pen or sharpie in the rainbow.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name some books that you enjoyed recently.
[Megan Miranda] The Living, by Matt de la Pena; Tell The Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Megan Miranda] When I’m not writing, I’m probably either reading, seeing friends, or hanging out with my kids.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Megan Miranda] I’m on twitter: @MeganLMiranda
Or you can find me at my blog: http://www.meganmiranda.com/blog/
I’m also heading out on tour this month. Here’s a list of where I’ll be. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! http://www.meganmiranda.com/blog/2014/1/6/february-tour-dates.html
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
About the book:
Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn’t matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker’s father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can’t forgive Delaney until he knows why.
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