Sucking in air, Heather said, ‘Fluffy—Mrs. Allen’s ferocious dog—chased me all the way down Pine Street trying to tear me to shreds with his razor fangs. I barely got away.’— Chelsea Fine, Anew (via slvhermit)
Scarlet scrunched her face. ‘Isn’t Fluffy a Chihuahua?’
Still panting, Heather said, ‘Yes. A demon-possessed, human-eating Chihuahua.’
Today as part of my New Adult Addiction, I’m talking to Megan Powell. Megan’s first novel, No Peace for the Damned was sold and published before New Adult was actually considered by many people, including me, to be a thing.
However, the more I’ve been reading of New Adult and the more I’ve been thinking about where New Adult will go in the future, the more I think Megan’s novel could be classified as a “New Adult Paranormal” novel.
In No Peace for the Damned, the main character Magnolia Kelch (who I love) is 22. And in the opening scene, she leaves home for the very first time (not for college, but because her family is evil and twisted). At the core, everything that happens in the novel revolves around Magnolia trying to make the right choices and figure out where she fits in the world now that she’s on her own. It’s funny and sexy and Magnolia is a great character who makes mistakes but keeps moving forward anyway.
Anyway, onto the good part. Welcome Megan. Tell us what your book is about in 140 characters or less.
A powerful young woman joins forces with a secret security agency to fight against her influential family’s supernatural terrorism.
Is this book part of a series?
Yes. NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED is the first in the Magnolia Kelch series.
The second one is called No Love for the Wicked and it will be out August 13th! But back to No Peace, what was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Chapter 29 was definitely my favorite chapter to write. It was also the very first chapter I wrote. I had that scene with Magnolia and Theo on the couch long before I knew anything else about the characters or the story around them. All I knew was that this incredibly sexy young woman, who felt separate from everyone around her, suddenly felt a genuine, normal connection to someone else. The excitement of that moment overshadowed any other insecurities so that when she revealed her tattoo without thought of the consequences, she revealed an innocence that would otherwise be out of character. That moment shows that more than anything, all she really wanted was to have something – anything – in common with someone else.
What about character? Who’s your favorite?
Definitely Magnolia. The book is told from her point of view so I really get to slip into her mind while I write. I love that she is strong and powerful, terrified and angry, whip-smart and completely naïve all at the same time. I remember very clearly being twenty-two and thinking I was the toughest person in the world with all these life experiences while at the same time feeling more vulnerable and uncertain than ever. It is a wonderful experience to be able to relive those feelings through a character with such unlimited potential.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not at all. In fact, it never even occurred to me to be a writer until the day I started writing NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED. I was all about the business world and making my mark in corporate America. Life, however, had other plans. After years of my children being in day care twelve hours a day, having a husband I saw only on the weekends (if we were lucky), and parents with health problems, I decided it was time for some serious priority adjustments. I left my career to be a stay-at-home mom in 2006. By the end of 2008, I was pulling my hair out and seriously questioning my sanity. I needed an escape as much as I needed an outlet for all my frustrations. January 2009, I started writing about Magnolia Kelch. Now, in 2013, as a published writer, I’m still wondering about that sanity thing.
That’s fantastic! What about the first work you had published, what was it?
The very first work I ever had published was a small (200 word) article on available youth sports in a small local paper. I think I got $5.00.
How did you get your agent? (Megan is represented by the fabulous Joanna Volpe, you may have heard of her…)
I met my agent at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop at Ball State University in 2009. I was introduced to her through a fellow writer who had read part of my manuscript and knew that this agent was looking for urban fantasy novels. For me, it was love at first sight. I think it took my agent a little longer, though. :)
I’m pretty sure that love at first sight thing was mutual. Did you query? How many (if any) rejection letters did you get?
I sent out a total of seven query letters before signing with my agent. Of those, I received three rejections, three requests for further pages and one none response.
You and I have recently talked about New Adult and the genre and how your book could possibly fit into that. What does “New Adult” mean to you?
To me, YA is all about firsts. First love, first time sticking up for yourself, first time trying something new and discovering what is really important to you or who you really are. New Adult, then, takes all those firsts and blows them out of the water. You think you found true love? Well, let’s see what happens when you and your love live in separate states, start separate careers, develop new priorities. You’ve found your moral compass? Great. Now let’s see what happens when those morals have to fight a war in a foreign country or take orders from a boss you’ve never met. New Adult is all about challenges and empowerment. It’s watching characters test what they know to be true and struggle to stay who they believe they really are.
I really like that description! Before you go, leave us with a quote from your book?
In that last moment of consciousness I had to chastise myself. I was not supposed to live in this world without violence and pain. And I was an idiot to have ever let myself think otherwise.
To learn more about Megan, here’s where you can find her on the internet:
Facebook: Megan Powell, writer
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Megan-Powell/e/B0081H2WE6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1371596265&sr=8-1