Welcome to Daynight Author Megan Thomason! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.
Daynight Interview with Author Megan Thomason:
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
Full of conflict, romance, twists and turns, daynight will delight YA readers seeking “a dangerous, dystopian adventure story”—Kirkus Reviews.
Do you bake? If so, box or from scratch?
From scratch! Baking/cooking is my only domestic skill :).
Slow drivers, bad drivers, whining, grammar misuse, plots where boy and girl go from hating each other to loving each other in a nanosecond, repetition.
What book is on your night stand now?
All my books are on my phone and there are hundreds. I’m currently re-reading ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood and reading ‘Moon Dwellers’ by David Estes. I have at least 25 samples of new books and 50+ sequels to series loaded up and ready to go for when I have more time.
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I am currently writing the sequel to ‘daynight’, ‘arbitrate’, targeting a summer 2013 release. In addition, I’m writing ‘B*Lies’, the story about a girl who decides to run from her abusive father. If I ever find time between the writing new books and promoting published books, I may do a re-write of my original trilogy (which I wrote for my daughters and their friends): ‘the thin veil,’ ‘the thin line,’ and ‘thin skin’ and publish them. I love the characters and stories, but the writing isn’t to the level I think it needs to be.
Describe the cover in 10 words or less.
Half Earth, Half Thera (an inverse earth/setting for daynight)
Did you lose any characters along the way?
Yeah. It’s always a shame when one loses one’s characters. The question is whether they can be found ;).
If you could get front row tickets to watch any performance live, who would you like to go see?
DBags from ‘Thoughtless’ (I’m a Kellan Kyle fan) But given that’s (quite unfortunately) not realistic: The Killers, My Chemical Romance, or Imagine Dragons would be awesome.
What are three words that best describe you?
Driven Sarcastic Melodramatic
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show?
Vampire Diaries–not because I think it’s a bad show (I actually really like it), but because I’d watch even if it wasn’t good to see Ian Somalhalder’s smirk :).
Facebook or Twitter?
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, what did you do about it?
Yep. I edit until I get unblocked.
What is your writing process like? Do you follow a regular routine?
Plot. Write. Edit. Re-write. Update plot. More editing. More re-writing. More editing. Proofreading. It’s an endless loop. I can write for up to 14 hours solid, so I have to be very careful to set alarms on my phone so that I don’t miss picking my kids up from school, taking them to activities, etc.
What is your favorite genre to read/write?
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Yes… I’ve stumbled and flailed in pretty much every possible way. But, I learned a tremendous amount in the process. I recently posted my best practices and research here, in hopes that others will not waste as much time as I did :): http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3560814-for-authors-aspiring-writers-hard-learned-best-practices-i-did-your-r
Do you skip around, peek at the ending, or do you read straight through a book?
Do you have any suggestions to add to my reading list?
Here’s a list of my favorites from 2012: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3493195-my-favorite-books-of-2012
Favorite places to vacation?
Europe (Italy’s my favorite, but also love England, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria), Belize, Australia
Where do you like to read?
Anywhere! I get a lot of reading done while waiting (to pick up kids from school, doctor appointments, waiting to fall asleep).
What’s the last truly great book you read?
It was a re-read (but I hadn’t read in 20 years or something): Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Absolutely exceptional in every way. Funny, clever, shocking but poetically written ending.
How do you react to a bad review?
Honestly, I try to learn from the critical reviews. If I sub “critical reviewer” for “hater” in this quote, I see the blessings: “
What does your workspace look like?
My 11″ MacBook Air laptop on my lap (my office is far too messy to use for anything but storage).
What are 3 of your all time favorite books?
Pride and Prejudice, The Hunger Games, and Brave New World
Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight explores themes of morality and control imposed by The Second Chance Institute—benevolent non-profit on Earth by day, and totalitarian ruler on Thera by night.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
As I hiked the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day I pondered what would happen if temperatures were so extreme that days and nights had to be switched. This became the impetus for Thera, the main setting for daynight. I researched the extreme temperatures would have on the environment and what a society would have to do to adapt to it. Even the lingo was affected… Monnight, Tuesnight, etc.; daygowns instead of nightgowns; daymares and more… I had a lot of fun with it.
The Second Chance Institute, benevolent non-profit on Earth by day, and totalitarian ruler on Thera by night, and their messed up agendas and methods, are purely a figment of my twisted imagination.
What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult dystopian
How do you replenish your writing spirit?
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
I’d love to hear from you! Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/megan_thomason Follow the daynight series on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daynight.series I am a huge reader, too. Friend me or follow my reviews on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6578897.Megan_Thomason Read a sample and/or purchase daynight at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6NG014
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I love my readers and am extremely grateful to all the ‘early adopters’ of daynight who have not only taken the time to read, but to review and spread the word. My husband got cornered in the elevator at work recently and asked if his wife was an author. She heard about daynight through her knitting club! I love it!
As a thank you to my readers, for every 25 reviews posted on Amazon.com I release ‘extras’ for ‘daynight’ or teasers for the sequel ‘arbitrate’ (targeted for a summer 2013 release) on facebook and twitter. I’m a couple reviews away from posting full color, full character fashions from daynight. An up and coming costume designer/producer friend, Emma Connelly, graciously spent her winter break putting pictures to my words and they are amazing!
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
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