Tuesday, July 10, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Megg Jensen


So I found an interesting looking book one day on Amazon called Anathema, and woohoo it was free! I decided to grab it. Well, then I found the author on Facebook, and in working to get my blog up and running, I was reaching out to authors and offering to do book reviews and interviews. Well Megg Jensen was super nice about it and even pointed me to her new book at the time, Sleepers.

Having reviewed that, I discovered she writes exciting YA fantasy romance! As the icing on the cake, I got to pick her brain about it *grin*. She’s a really nice gal with a great attitude and I’m very happy to share with you what I learned about her! She’s also been very generous in offering up an e-copy of her latest release, Afterlife (book 2 in the Swarm Trilogy), and a signed bookmark! Enjoy :-)


What made you start writing? Do you write full time?
I started writing when I was seven and it was something I never stopped doing. Even though I didn’t pursue writing as a career until ten years ago. I spent seven years working full time as a freelance parenting journalist. In 2008, I began writing Anathema.

Why Fithians, Dalagans, and Magic? How’d you come up with the world of Sleepers?
My worlds build themselves as I write. I take a copious amount of notes, and spend a lot of time daydreaming. I also ask myself a lot of “what if” questions – something that drove my parents nuts when I was a kid, but comes in very handy now.

You’ve put your characters through some pretty trying experiences for only 16 years of age. Is it hard for you to write those parts, being so attached to the characters you’ve created?
It is hard. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t cried while writing certain scenes. Some characters are harder to let go than others. Then there’s some I kind of enjoy torturing. Lol.

With Afterlife now released, it looks like you’re weaving the Cloud Prophet Trilogy into this one. Does that mean this is a spinoff? Would it be beneficial to read Anathema and its sequels first before continuing the Swarm Trilogy?
The Swarm series takes places twenty years after the end of Severed. I always had it in the back of my mind that they would tie together, however readers don’t have to read the Cloud Prophet Trilogy first. It’s something they can go back and discover later. There’s a deep tradition in fantasy to write many stories in the same world, but leaving it up to the reader to choose what to read, and when. A good example is Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels.

What made you go the Indie route? Did you ever consider publishing traditionally?
I did pursue the traditional route before self-publishing. Agent after agent after agent told me they loved my work, but that a YA epic fantasy was nearly impossible to sell. In the fall of 2010, my friend Karly Kirkpatrick talked to me about self-publishing. I thought she was insane. Within the next couple of months, I realized she was insanely brilliant. I absolutely love self-publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I also think traditional publishing is a great thing. I’m not one of those indies who wants to burn down New York publishing.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
Never, ever give up. It’s a cliché, I know. But it’s the truth. If I had given up on my books because I couldn’t find an agent, I wouldn’t be answering these questions right now. I wouldn’t have just celebrated crossing 20,000 in ebook sales. I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful writers and readers. Perseverance is a virtue in publishing. All writers need to have it.

To you, what’s the best part of being an author?
The best part is connecting with readers. Yeah, it’s great that they read my books, but that’s not why. I am, at heart, an avid reader. Some of the relationships I’ve formed with readers are some of my most precious.

As an author, you obviously have a passion for books. What do you read in your own spare time?
I love to read thrillers, fantasy, paranormal, zombies, nonfiction – really anything I can get my hands on. Some of my favorite authors are James Rollins, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sarra Cannon, and Carrie Ryan.

What other stories can we look forward to from you in the future?
I will be epublishing The Sundering in the fall, which is the final book in the Swarm Trilogy. After that? I’m not sure. I have so many ideas swirling in my brain right now. Whatever is most appealing the day I hit the publish button on The Sundering is the book I will write next.

Thank you so much for having me!!!!



Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.

Find her here.


Afterlife Now Available!

The fire inside Lianne threatened to consume her, but she fought back and won. Unfortunately the collateral damage of her decisions won’t stop haunting her. She embarks on a secret trip to find Mags and return her son, but her search leads her into another nest of lies.

Everyone’s safety is in Lianne’s hands as the Malborn, an enemy more fearsome than her own people, looms over them. Will Lianne be able to unravel the secrets in time to save the ones she loves the most? Or will her lack of faith in her own decisions lead to disaster?


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5 comments:

  1. The afterlife sounds like a great book to read and I know the author writes great as I've read Sleepers. This is a fab giveaway!

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  2. I like reading about the author's imagination.

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  3. I love fantasy stories because it is so easy to get swept up in the fantasy worlds. It's like an exciting vacation without ever leaving the house or really getting into dangerous or unusual situations. They are a great escape.

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  4. Reading is my escape and fantasy and paranormal are perfect escapes! That and cowboy romance but that's kind of obvious! LOL

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  5. fantasy = free imagination..
    love it !! ^^
    thx u for the giveaway...

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