23 March 2011

{Interview} with Megg Jensen & Anathema Book Giveaway

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 March 2011 at 9:09 AM | |
I have been lucky enough to get to know a few really great Debut Authors in the past month and I'm really excited to say I will be posting interviews and giveaways from them all in the coming weeks!

To start things off for my author interviews I am honored to introduce to you Megg Jenesen author of Anathema (The Cloud Prophet #1) Megg lives in Illinois with her family where she writes her fabulous stories and works as a journalist. Read on to learn more about this fabulous writer and be sure to enter the contest at the bottom for an Autographed copy of her book!


1) Where did the idea for Anathema come from?
We were driving to my parents' farm when my daughter Tessa told me she could see things in the clouds. I asked her what shapes she saw, but then she sighed and said, "Mom, I can see the future." Obviously she has my creative gene. It was that tiny conversation that gave me the initial spark for Anathema.

2) What was your writing process/schedule like
I'm an at-home mom of two. When I wrote Anathema, I relied on the times when Tessa was in school Luke napped. Otherwise, I wouldn't have had the time I needed to dig in. As for my process, I'm a pantser. I have an idea of where I want to start and where I want to end, then I allow the story to unfold organically. My characters don't always behave, but I've found that some of my best work comes from letting go.

3) what made you choose self publishing?
I attempted to find representation for a year, first for Anathema and then for The Sleepers (another YA fantasy). I can't even count how many fulls were requested & read, but nearly every rejection was the same: "You're awesome. Your book is fantastic. But..." After many, many, many great rejections, I really began to consider self-pubbing when my friend Karly Kirkpatrick jumped in. Once I decided I wanted to self-pub, I actually pulled my manuscript from the two agents who were still considering my full. Crazy? Perhaps. But I haven't regretted it for one second.

4) Are any of your characters like anyone in your real life?
Hmmmm, no, not really. I did steal names from people I know, but beyond that I don't know any of my characters in real life.

5) What's life been like since the book was released?
Chaotic. Crazy. Wonderful. This is the life I've always wanted and now I have it. How can I truly complain about any of it?

6) What are you working on right now?
Anathema's sequel Oubliette. Then I'll finish the third book in the trilogy. After that I have another YA fantasy trilogy starting with The Sleepers, a contemporary YA with a girl who fights ninjas, and a stand-alone fantasy that could be YA or MG, I haven't decided yet. I plan on writing for the rest of my life and luckily I have more ideas than time.

7) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Never give up and always be true to yourself. Write because you need to, because there's nothing else you'd rather be doing. Choose a publishing path that's true to what you want for your career. I don't think everyone should go indie, nor do I think everyone should go traditional. It's a HUGE decision - and not just an emotional decision, but a business decision. Don't ever jump into anything without your eyes wide open.

8) With out giving any spoilers away, can you tell us which was your favorite part of the book to write and why?
I loved writing the kissing scenes!!! Why? Because even though I'm thirty-five, mentally I'm still fifteen.

9) Tell us about your cover and how involved you were in the design process.
My amazingly beautiful cover was created by Robin Ludwig Design. I contacted her because I thought her portfolio was outstanding. I gave her an idea of what I wanted on the cover and she sent me some stock photos to review. Then I explained Reychel's eye color, how I wanted her to be more mysterious inside the cloak, and chose the title font. I sent it all back to Robin and when she sent my cover back to me, I cried. Seriously. I could never, ever have imagined anything more perfect. If I would have created my own cover, Reychel would have been an ugly stick figure.

~~ And finally, this was one of my favorite questions to ask when I worked in retail management YEARS ago, and I still love the answer that I get for it...so....Megg....

10) If you were a box of cereal what kind would you be and why.
Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. I'm sweet and a little nutty.


And now for the extra fun stuff -
Who wants a copy of Anathema?
I thought you did!
Simply fill out the form below and you'll be entered.
This contest is open to to US mailing address' only.

CONTEST RUNS MARCH 23RD TO MARCH 26TH 11:59 am, CST
you must be a follower AND Tweet the contest to be eliglble
(if you do not have a twitter feel free to share it on Facebook or your blog)

CONTEST CLOSED

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview. I love knowing the "story behind the story."

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  2. Thank you for the chance to win!

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