Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture, a debut novel that knocked my socks off. Check out my review here. I was delighted when Megan dropped by the virtual offices for a chat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Megan Miranda] Mom of 2. Loves football (watching, not playing), mac & cheese (eating, not cooking), and books (reading and writing them). Also, science.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book, Fracture?
[Megan Miranda] Fracture is about 17-year-old Delaney Maxwell who, at the start of the story, is trapped under the ice of a frozen lake for 11 minutes. According to the doctors, she should either be dead or severely brain damaged, but 6 days later, she wakes from her coma, seemingly fine. Except she’s not fine. She soon finds herself drawn to the dying, and she’s not sure whether she’s drawn to death or causing it…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Megan Miranda] I’ve always loved science, and yet I’m drawn to the stories we don’t quite understand—to the things that science can’t explain yet. To the fluke, or the anomaly—the person who is supposed to die, but survives. Outwardly, I think a lot of people look at it as a miracle, but I also got to wondering what it was like for that one person. Can they really walk away from disaster untouched?
As for the characters, those kind of just….come to me. I wish I had something more insightful there J
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Megan Miranda] I tend to start with characters and relationships first, and develop plot last. Finding and developing the external plot was by far the biggest challenge of the book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Megan Miranda] Growing up, I loved to read the darker classics—Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness, anything by Edgar Allan Poe—and those are some of the few books I actually read more than once. They are well-loved on my bookshelf.
Just like with coming up with the concept of Fracture, most of my ideas stem from the things we don’t understand yet. From hearing about things that science attempts to explain, but isn’t always able to prove. These always spark a lot of what if type questions for me. It gets the creativity flowing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Megan Miranda] Silence. I know that’s only one thing…but I don’t really need anything else. I prefer to have my laptop, but I wrote Fracture on a small Netbook just fine. And in the absence of a computer, I’m fine jotting things down in a notebook, too. Other than silence, I’m pretty flexible.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Megan Miranda] I can’t pinpoint the specific book, but I loved reading Michael Crichton. I was very interested in science, and his books showed me that you could really do both—science and writing—together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Megan Miranda] I have 2 young kids, so usually I’m doing something kid-related when I’m not writing. For the most part, I only write at night.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!
You can learn more about Megan by visiting her website, and by following her on Twitter.
Fracture will hit store shelves January 17th. You can pre-order a copy in both print or digital formats from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the widgets below: