Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Giveaway and Interview - Fracture by Megan Miranda


I am excited today to have Megan Miranda, author or Fracture, here visiting! (Okay, she is not actually here here........). Megan has answered some questions for you all AND I am giving away my advance copy of Fracture because I loved it so much I just HAVE to share it!

About the book:

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine - despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

The Interview:

1. Your teenagers in Fracture are all so believable. Were you drawing from your own teenage past at all?

Thank you! I don’t think I was drawing on my personal experiences, necessarily, but in hindsight, I think there are some things that are just…universal. Jealousy and guilt, love and heartbreak—I think they are unifying emotions that we can all relate to, regardless of age. When I was trying to write things that I had never truly experienced, I found myself tapping into the underlying emotions of it all.

So the actual experiences? No. The general teenage-ness? A bit.

2. When describing Delaney’s brain injury (or lack thereof) in Fracture, it was obvious that you knew what you were talking about. What kind of medical research did you do when writing?

Well, I had been a science-loving kid, and then I became a science-studying teen—and eventually a science-doing adult. I had picked up a lot of things here and there, but I had to do a lot of fact-checking. And I had to do more research on some of the specific tests they might run, which I didn’t have any first-hand experience with. I also tried to read a lot about people’s first-hand experiences as well.

3. This appears to be a stand-alone novel. Is it? Or can we expect more about Delaney and Decker?

This is a standalone novel. I never envisioned it as anything else. I did write a short story from Decker’s POV during the time Delaney was under the ice and the 6 days that follow (available here: (, but I feel like Decker and Delaney’s story is complete.

4. When you’re not writing, what are you reading? What books have made your favorites list this past year?

I love, love, love to read. I’d say that my taste in books has expanded since I began writing—I try to get a taste for everything. Some of my personal favorites that I read in 2011 are: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, Ship Breakerby Paolo Bacigalupi, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Please Excuse Vera Dietz by A.S. King, and Room by Emma Donaghue.

5. So let’s say it’s the weekend. You are free from reaching any word count minimums or deadlines for the moment (we’re pretending here…). What are you up to?

When I’m not writing, I’m usually spending the time with my family and friends. I have a 3 and 5-year old, and we have a great neighborhood full of kids, so we’re usually involved in something kid-related.

6. You chose not to include any of the typical paranormal/supernatural ‘creatures’ in your book, but there are certainly plenty out there! Favorites?

Oh, it totally depends! I like the vampires of the Sookie Stackhouse series, with their history and politics and the way immortality affects their view of humanity, and I love the ghosts in A Certain Slant of Light (side note: gah, what an amazing read), and then there’s The Book Thief, which is narrated by death. Does death count as a paranormal creature? Because if it does, that one’s definitely my favorite.

7. What are you working on right now?

I’m editing my second book, another standalone, set to come out in early 2013. It’s in the same vein as Fracture, in that it walks the line a bit between science and paranormal, but it’s also very, very different. It’s about memories, the line between the real and the imagined, and friendship.

~~~ Thank you SO much to Megan Miranda for 'visiting'! ~~~

The Giveaway:

And now for the giveaway! I am giving away my personal ARC (advance reader's copy) of Fracture. Since this is an ARC, it does not have the cover art, but the inside story is the same. Since I will be shipping this, you must live in the US. As always, you need to be 13 or older to enter. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway end on January 17 - which is also the official release day of Fracture!

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  1. Great answers! Now I'm even more interested in reading this.

    Thanks for recommending it, Christen.

  2. Ooh, I've read the opening chapter - wow! Hope to have the rest soon so I can blog a recommendation on!

  3. I can't wait to read this book. Seriously. I heard about it on Nova Ren Suma's blog and fell in love with the idea and can't wait to read it. Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I love the Book Thief, too! And it's so cool how you love science but you love writing, too. (:

  5. Fracture is one of the books on my "Gotta Read" list! Thanks for the giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  6. This is a lovely interview, you ask some great questions !

  7. I really can't wait to read this book. I love the cover :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. LOVE the interview! Fracture is one of the 2012 releases I'm looking forward to most. I'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse vampires, too. #12 is one my other can't-wait releases for this year. :)

  9. I can't wait to read this! :) Great interview!

  10. This book sounds great. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  11. AWESOME interview & thanks for the giveaway! :D

  12. Been dying to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Really great interview. I have had my eye on this book for a while. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I have heard such great things about Fracture. I myself have it at the top of my list to read. Great interview!


  15. I hadn't actually heard much about this- thanks for another addition to my To Be Read mountain! I've been loving your blog!

  16. This is the first time I am hearing about this book but I looked it up and it sounds great. I would love to win this giveaway.

  17. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I'm dying to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. this looks like a good one, Christen! Great interview!


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