It’s a new year, and time to resurrect the author spotlight Q&As, so you can get to know a little about the authors behind our latest releases. This week, please welcome Megan O’Russell, author of YA coming-of-age fantasy THE GIRL WITHOUT MAGIC. Megan has also been kind enough to host a Rafflecopter giveaway in which one lucky winner will receive a New Kindle Fire 7 Preloaded with Young Adult Novels! Check out the end of the post for details.
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
My name is Megan O’Russell, and right now I’m on tour with The Wizard of Oz, so my bus seat is my home.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
My latest book is The Girl Without Magic, which is a Young Adult Fantasy novel. The inspiration actually came from a review of an earlier novel of mine. The readers said they could spend a whole series in one particular location, the Siren’s Realm, and it actually sounded like a great idea to me!
The biggest challenge came in respecting the glimpse of the Siren’s Realm I had given readers of my previous series, while building more of the world for the character of The Girl Without Magic to inhabit and explore.
What I love about the series is not only the strength and bravery of the leading lady, Maggie Trent, but also the infinite possibilities of world building that come with the Siren’s Realm. Think of it almost like Doctor Who. The TARDIS will always be there and always be the Doctor’s home, but every time he steps though the doors of the phone booth, he is in a new place on a new adventure. Those are the kinds of possibilities open to Maggie Trent.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I like to play the ukulele, hike, camp, travel, and read.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Wine and ice cream.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
I put commas in all sorts of weird places. Most of my time in revisions is spent figuring out why I have random, evil commas floating around.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Criminal Minds because I love Spencer Reid.
What movie do you quote the most?
The Harry Potter films as a whole
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Hmm. I love Disney and have an exorbitant amount of Pluto and Baymax paraphernalia.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Young Adult Fantasy.
What do you like to do on vacation?
Explore. See amazing things. Find Some good music. Climb a mountain. Sit on a beach. It all sounds lovely.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
I’d love to break into non-YA fantasy. I’m working on it. It’s going to happen.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
My computer? I never like to be without my computer. Other than that…snacks.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Sir Poops-A-Lot. “Look out below.”
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
I live on a bus, so I’m very sheltered from new things at the moment. I did read Dan Brown’s Origin and enjoyed that quite a bit!
The Girl Without Magic
Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.
The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.
Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.
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