Friday, February 25, 2011

Author Interview Series - Megg Jensen

Please welcome Megg Jensen to So, Write. Megg recently released her debut YA fantasy novel, Anathema. I've had the pleasure of reading this one and can tell you it's the type of book you devour in a day. Here's what Megg had to say about herself and her book.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

[Megg] I have been a parenting journalist since 2004, but my dream since I was a little girl has always been to write and publish a novel. I grew up on a farm and even though we watched every penny, my mom always bought me any book I asked for. Somehow that made books more special than any other item in a store and I read voraciously. In late 2008, I decided it was time for me to sit down and write a novel. I'd written two previously, but this time I was serious. I wrote Anathema in January of 2009 and never looked back.

What is Anathema about?
[Megg] Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her help can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

What gave you the idea for Anathema?

[Megg] One afternoon, my family was driving down to my parents' farm. My daughter, then five, told me she saw things in the clouds. I asked her what shapes she saw, but she sighed and told me she wasn't looking at shapes - she was seeing the future. (Obviously a wild imagination is genetic.) That little comment of hers sparked the basic idea for Anathema.

Anathema is your first novel. What do you feel was the most difficult part of the process from first draft to publication?

[Megg] The writing comes easily and I also really enjoy editing. The hardest part for me was making the decision to self publish instead of pursuing traditional publication. It took me nearly a year to come to the decision and in the meantime I did submit to agents, but I did not exhaust all of my options in traditional publishing. After researching both sides and really being honest with myself about what I wanted from my career, I chose to go indie. I can't imagine I'll ever regret it.

What type of reader do you think will love this book most?

[Megg] Even though my genre is fantasy, Anathema focuses more on relationships than a fantasy world. So while I'm dropping the reader into an unfamiliar world, I don't bombard them with the setting. This makes my book accessible to anyone who likes romance, mystery and intrigue. Is there romance? Sure. But it's definitely rated PG, so anyone twelve or thirteen and older could read it without fear of stumbling upon something inappropriate. Will guys like it? Hopefully, but it's definitely slanted towards the ladies.

Visit Megg Jensen at http://meggjensen.blogspot.com/ today to learn about her Anathema launch party contest where you can enter for a chance to win your choice of Nook or Kindle!!

Thank you for being here today, Megg, and good luck with your contest! 

13 comments:

  1. This was a fantastic interview. Megg sounds very grounded and her book looks/sounds amazing. Thanks, G.P.

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  2. Thanks Sheri! I'm excited to see what happens with your book. I think I'll be interviewing you sometime soon!

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  3. Good for you, Megg! So happy to hear everything is going so well for you. Best of luck with the book.
    And hey, this was a great interview, Gen! Loving it.

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  4. Hi Sheri & Cathy! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering my contest. :)

    Gen - thanks so much for the interview!!!! :)

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  5. Great interview. It's always so fascinating what little everyday things can suddenly inspire you.
    I guess writers have to just pay attention. Whether it's clouds or whatever...inspiration can strike even when you least expect it.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by, J. and Angelina!

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  7. I loved this interview especially the bit about where she got the idea from. I was also interested in her choice to self publish and I have tossed this around in my own mind. My fantasy novel at this moment sits at a publishers while I await the reject or whatever slip. So it is encouraging to see those who have self published and to know there is an alternative out there should I require it.

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  8. Great interview, Megg and Gen! Anathema is definitely on my TBR list. It's nice to hear the thought process of another indie author.

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  9. "the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head" what a powerful image, it sure makes me want to know more.

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  10. Great interview!! I wish Megg the best of luck. Thanks for this wonderful blog, I have learned so much from reading it.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  11. Thanks Helen! My thoughts on the subject are that the publishing industry is changing and they are less inclined to take a chance on an unproven author. However, I see some publishers (in the romance industry especially) adapting to the ebook world. While the dinosaurs figure out how or if they will change to meet what readers want, there is a window of opportunity for writers with an entrepreneurial spirit to fill the unmet need.

    @Magaly - I have a feeling you would like Anathema.

    @Sarah - Welcome to So, Write. Thanks for stopping by.

    @ Laura - It's always wonderful to hear from you. I think you will like Anathema , too.

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  12. Excellent interview! This looks like a really good book.

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