Author Interview with Megan Duke
I had the honour of asking her a few question recently, keep reading to see what she said!
GWB: So first let’s talk about Owen’s death (by the way I’m still not over it), I didn’t see it coming! Was it hard for you to decide he would die or was it something you knew would happen all along?
And was it hard to write about his death, or the funeral?
Megan: I knew from the very beginning that Owen was going to die. It got harder the closer I got to the end. I kept wanting to add stuff in-between to make his life last longer, but knew that I couldn't. The funeral scene in particular wasn't emotional for me to write, but when I went back to read it, the tears were real. Especially when Larson speaks.
GWB: One of the things I love most about Small Circles is the characters! They are all so amazing and different, how do you come up with them? Do you base them on people you know?
Megan: I put a little bit of myself in each of my characters, as well as my friends. I didn't base one character on one person. Every character has certain qualities that are familiar to me, such as the things they say or situations they're put it.
GWB: When did you know you wanted to write? And is there a certain book that inspired you to write?
Megan: I've always loved writing. I started writing short stories in middle school, and in high school I started my Mind Breaker Accounts trilogy. Without Me was what really made me love it, but when Small Circles came about, I knew this was what I was meant to be doing.
GWB: Do you have any advice for young aspiring writers?
Megan: I always give the same advice, which might be stupid or wrong, but it worked for me. I never forced anything I wrote. I don't believe in writer's block. If I was having trouble writing a particular scene, I'd step away from in and nine times out of ten, I'd just take it out of the story. Small Circles was the easiest thing I'd ever written in my life. I didn't have to think about it. It just happened.
GWB: And last but not least, could you recommend one book that your readers would love?
Megan: I LOVE contemporary fiction, especially for teens. There's no way to recommend just one, so I'll make a short list :)
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sprout by Dale Peck
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley
What They Always Tell Us - Martin Wilson
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vinzinni
and recently, I just read
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
and Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
They were incredible!
GWB: Thank you so much for letting me interview you!
Megan: Thanks for the questions :)
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