The Daynight blog tour is hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer, information and the full tour schedule can be found here: Daynight Tour. I have the pleasure of bringing you an interview with Megan Thomason, the author of Daynight.
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.
Author bio taken from Megan Thomason’s Goodreads author page.
1.) Can you describe Daynight in a sentence?
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.
2.) Daynight has such an interesting concept, and I’m curious about how the idea of There was born. Can you share your inspiration?
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.
3.) Who would you say was your favorite character to write? Did you have a least favorite?
Favorite: whoever I am writing at the time? That’s true, but since I’m naturally sarcastic, I probably had the most fun writing two minor, but very important comic relief characters—Bailey Goodington and Jax Christo. I’ll give the nod to Jax who is master of double-speak, delicious eye candy, and (since I’m knee deep in the sequel), gets even better with time.
Least favorite: Blake’s father, Hank Sundry. The guy’s a terrible father and has a serious tunnel vision (revenge) issue that makes him oblivious to reality.
4.) When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I wrote endless stories as a child, was one of the few who loved to write essays in college, and had a post-college career in the software industry where I wrote business, marketing and product plans. But it wasn’t until my husband decided to write a middle grade fantasy novel, Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud that I considered writing my own book. I helped my husband with plotting and editing and loved being absorbed in the characters and story. Afterwards, I came up with an idea for a teen romantic comedy and my daughters begged me to write the story, which ended up as the trilogy: the thin veil, the thin line, and thin skin. From there, I decided to take on the much more ambitious project of daynight and have been absorbed in the world of Thera and lives of Kira, Blake and Ethan ever since.
5.) I know some authors who need music to be able to write. Is there anything you have to have?
When I’m sugar binging, Hot Tamales (chewing helps me think for whatever reason). When I’m not, just my 11” MacBook Air :). Sometimes I write to music, sometimes not.
6.) What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Are their any cons?
I have so many favorite things about being a writer. Immersing myself in a new world and new lives; the rush when the words flow and things click; and the thrill of finishing the last chapter. But the very best thing is having people connect with the story and give great feedback. A few weeks in I got my first professional review back much earlier than expected: starred review from BlueInk Review. It was incredibly satisfying to have someone validate a work that I poured blood, sweat, and tears into for a very long time. More great moments continue to happen as reader reviews come in—from people all over the country I’ve never met—and thus far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive (4.6 average rating on 48 reviews at the time of this writing)!
There are definitely some cons to being a writer. It’s a lot of very, very hard work. Writing is hard, editing is harder, and promoting the book seems to be the hardest! Pleasing everyone is impossible. I had lots of different ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’ readers, and everyone wanted something different. The girls: more romance. The boys: more action. The classic readers: more deep symbolism. In the end, everything I wrote, I wrote for a reason—because I felt it necessary to fully tell the story and set up for the sequels.
7.) What are some of your favorite books?
Some of my favorites or books that had a big impact on me… Pride & Prejudice, Hunger Games, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Crime & Punishment, Anna Karenina, 1984, Brave New World, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice & Men, and Lord of the Flies. My favorite 50+ reads (of 600+) of the past year can be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3493195-my-favorite-books-of-2012.
8.) If you could sit down and chat with any author (living or dead), who would you choose?
Suzanne Collins (with Jane Eyre, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Aldous Huxley right up there)
9.) Besides writing what else do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my husband and kids. Reading. Doing lots of volunteer work (producing, fundraising for daughters’ theatre group; community service; church service). Projects—from random (miniatures or world class weapons collection) to useful (plan community Christmas party or a summer girls’ camp). Hiking, but there’s not as much in San Diego as there was back in Washington where we moved from.
10.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I’m no expert, but I just compiled all my hard-learned best practices and ideas into a blog post on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3560814-for-authors-aspiring-writers-hard-learned-best-practices-i-did-your-r). For the writing process itself, I always recommend the following:
- Read! If every author read every book in their genre (or at least the highly rated ones), there would be a lot less rehashed stories, better writing, and fresh concepts. I read 600 books in the last year. You can find my top 50+ favorites here: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3493195-my-favorite-books-of-2012.
- Plot! Certainly, there have been some successful books written off the cuff, but to have good pacing, story development, character development, building of tension, etc. it typically takes good plotting.
- Flexibility! Revise, revise, revise. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Don’t get so stuck on your initial concept that you reject an even better idea.
- Edit! Editing is hard. I typically go through my book over a hundred times, looking for something different each pass.
- Proofread! Yes, I list this separately from editing. Have someone (or even better, many someones)—other than you—someone with a sharp eye and very keen grasp of the English language, proofread your book. The brain compensates for missing words, extra words, etc. and they are very hard to find. If problems are found after publishing, fix and update.
- Work hard! If you thought the writing was time-consuming and hard, promoting your book takes as much, if not more time. Put in the hours.
- Thicken your skin! It is unlikely you like every book you read, so you can’t expect everyone to like your book. I’ve adopted the saying: “If you’re trying to please everyone, then you’re not going to make anything that is honestly yours, I don’t think, in the long run.”–Viggo Mortensen.
- Start writing the next one. Your chances increase exponentially of having a ‘hit’, the more offerings you have.
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.
“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)
“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review
“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer
“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer
“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer
Blog Tour Giveaway
- $50 Amazon Gift Card
- Signed copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Signed copy of daynight
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