Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Between Blog Tour: Megan Whitmer Interview and Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan Whitmer about her upcoming debut, Between, for today's post.

Q.
I love the idea of mythical creatures being real. I really do love a fun conspiracy theory to cover them up, too. I mean seriously, unicorns have to be real. Right? Can you tell us little about the inspiration behind writing Between?

A.
The way that certain urban legends continue to pop up has always fascinated me. There are people who are absolutely convinced that the Loch Ness Monster is real, that mermaids are out there, that Bigfoot is going to be found - no matter how much evidence there is to say otherwise, people keep "seeing" these things that supposedly don't exist. Every time there's a new sighting or new evidence of some sort, I wonder about it - couldn't it be real? And if it's real, how is it that we can't prove (or apparently disprove) it? That's where the Fellowship came from. They hide these things from us.

Q.
What mythical creature is your favorite? (Mine is pretty much a tie between a Pegasus and a unicorn.)

A.
That's because you have excellent taste. Unicorns are definitely near the top of my list. Picking a favorite is really tough. I think I'd have to go with pixies.


Q.
I've found that sometimes my favorite characters to write are not the protagonist. Which was your favorite character to write in Between?


A.
Oh my gosh, that changed daily. And even now, as I'm writing the second book of the Between trilogy, I'm changing opinions about some of the characters from Between! If I have to pick a favorite character from Between TODAY, I'll go with Alexander. He's the last of the Fellowship's founders living in Ellauria, and he's determined to keep the Fellowship intact at any cost. He's generally sort of a jerk, but he has moments of tenderness that I love. He's been a bit of a mystery, even to me. I enjoy writing him because it's fun to try and figure him out.

Q.
What was the hardest thing about writing Between?



A.
It was originally a standalone and we turned it into a trilogy,, so it went through so many incarnations that it was hard to remember what actually happened at times. Characters who died in the original book don't die anymore. Motivations changed because of the plot changes. It was a challenge to keep everything straight in my head. I made lots and lots of notes all over the place.

Q.
I might be a minority in the writing community where I actually enjoy both the drafting phase and the repeated rounds of editing. Which part of the writing process is your favorite and why?

A.
Editing. I hate drafting with a deep, deep fiery passion. I have to force myself to keep moving forward during the drafting phase, or else I would sit and rewrite the same few sentences over and over. I love editing because you can take that shape of a story you drafted and turn it into something awesome.

Q.
Because I have a small son I'm trying to keep an eye on I tend to write at the table in the dining room or in the living room. Where is your favorite place to write?

A.
I love my office, but when I write in there I end up doing a lot of business-y stuff like answering emails and making to-do lists. If I write in my bed, I get way too comfortable and want to go to sleep. So I've learned that when I need to focus on writing my book, I need to go to the kitchen table. It's weird, because that's the least isolated spot in the house, but it works for me.

Q.
I have a tendency to write when I get a chance, but others have a set schedule. What is your writing schedule like?

A.
During the school year, I write when the girls are in school and then after they've gone to bed. During the summer, it's much harder because there's not much structure to my day. I try to write whenever I get the free time, but that's much harder for me. I like to have a good chunk of time to settle into writing.

Q.
Is there anything unexpected that you learned about the publishing process?


A.
I was completely unprepared for how much work Between would require even after my editor said "It's finished." In my head, I wrote that book and went through all the edits and finished it, and then it was time to move on to the next book. But that isn't really what happens. You get and ARC proof. You get ARCs. You make promotion plans. You organize giveaways and write guest posts and complete interviews and set up Skype calls and do a million other little things that have nothing at all to do with writing that book. It's wonderful, and I love it, but I had never thought of the business side of writing before.

Q.
What project are you currently working on, if you can divulge that information?


A.
Book two of the Between trilogy! Yay!


Q.
Because I'm a huge reader and constantly looking for more books to devour, what are you currently reading?

A.
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, and I reward myself with it when I reach certain word count goals. It's soooo gooooood.


And that's why I ask about books. I haven't heard of Blackfin Sky before and now it's on my to-read list. Score!

Available July 29, 2014

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You can find out more about Megan Whitmer on her social media sites and preorder Between at the following locations.

 
 

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