Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
Kayla: What inspired you to write Fracture?
Megan: The idea for Fracture came from questions I had—mostly about the brain, but also about what defines who we are. I’d hear stories about people who had a tumor, or had a tumor removed, and their personalities would change. I wondered how much of us is defined by our DNA, and how much is something more. I wondered how others would treat a person who had changed. The plot, and Delaney’s “change,” all originated from these questions.
Kayla: How does it feel to have your first book finally out?
Megan: It still feels pretty surreal sometimes. On the one hand, I feel like I’ve been waiting for the book to come out since forever (okay, really it was more like a year and a half), but, looking back, it feels like it all happened so quickly. I saw it on the shelf of an airport bookstore recently and had this weird moment where I just stared at it thinking WHAT IS HAPPENING. But on most days, I’m pretty relaxed about it.
Kayla: What does your family think of you being an Author?
Megan: My kids are wildly unimpressed. Haha. They’re 4 and 5, and all I hear from them is “your book doesn’t even have pictures.” So, yeah. Everyone else thinks it’s pretty great.
Kayla: What is your all time favorite book?
Megan: AHH, I can’t answer! Basically, it depends on my mood. Number the Stars was the first book that I remember loving wholeheartedly, so I have a soft spot for it. But I feel like I have a new favorite book every month or so…
Kayla: Did any parts in Fracture take you by surprise? If so, what parts and why?
Megan: Well, since I flew by the seat of my pants for the first draft, pretty much all of it took me by surprise. Then again, the entire draft ended up not working—but elements of it, especially the characters, survived. I think my characters surprised me most of all: who they were, who they became. This is also why I love first drafts… I’m never exactly sure who I’m going to discover.
Kayla: What upcoming projects are you currently working on?
Megan: My second book comes out in early 2013, but that’s totally done. I’m currently simultaneously working on 2 separate projects…. I’m really excited about both of them. They are pretty different from each other, but I’d say that everything I write falls under the large umbrella of “YA thriller” in some way.
Kayla: Do you have a lot of reader interaction? If so, what are your readers saying?
Megan: Oh, definitely. Having a conversation about the book is interesting, though, because I don’t want to change what people take away from it. When they read it, it’s theirs. What’s most interesting is that they sa
y very different things. Usually about which characters they love and which they hate, and who they sympathize with and who they don’t, and what they were hoping would happen, etc. Which really just reinforces for me that I need to write the book true to me and the characters, because there will always be as many differing opinions as there are people who read it.
Kayla: Are you a morning or night person?
Megan: I’m marginally more of a night person. But I have to get up early. So….
Kayla: If you could give any aspiring writers any advice, what would you say?
Megan: Basically to keep on writing. To hear the feedback. To be willing to throw something out and try again.
Megan: Thanks for having me, Kayla!
Kayla: You are so welcome! Thanks so much Megan for doing an Interview with me, I wish you the best of luck! I loved Fracture and can't wait to see what you have coming next :)
Megan Miranda was a scientist and high school teacher before writing Fracture, which came out of her fascination with scientific mysteries—especially those associated with the brain. Megan has a BS in biology from MIT and spent her post-college years either rocking a lab coat or reading books. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor. Fracture is her first novel.
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Below is a picture of Megan Miranda and I when she came to my school to speak last month! She signed my copy of Fracture, and was so very nice :)