Abandoned by her mother at a young age, seventeen-year-old Sydney Warner is always vying for attention. She's a thrill seeker with a penchant for extreme sports and a fascination with death.
Withdrawn and broody David from English class is the boy of Syd's dreams, but love soon becomes just another extreme sport when Syd finds out that David has cheated on her. Betrayal, loneliness, and a shard of glass set Syd on a course of self-destruction.
Will new friends and her love of the stars be enough to pick Syd up from rock bottom and guide her to the path of forgiveness and redemption?
About the Author
Hi, I’m Megan (pronounced with a long ‘e’). I am the mother of two crazy beautiful girls, living in the rainy, but lovely Pacific Northwest. I’m the most unorganized person I know, but for me, it works. I have an unhealthy obsession with sock monkeys, love pizza, soccer, the color black, kickboxing and the sun. As far as my writing goes, I like to write about the hard things in life, stories that make people think and feel— that resonate with them for days. Part of my goal is to live life profoundly, with enough passion and adventure, maybe a little chaos, so that I may become a great writer. I aspire to never stop learning and growing and to continue trying to perfect my craft. One of my favorite functions as a published writer is to inspire others. I love visiting schools and libraries and motivating aspiring writers to finish their stories and never give up their dreams. When not writing, I’m trying to get my kids to clean or do homework, watching my older one play soccer, my younger one’s music gigs, listening to sad songs, hanging out with friends, strolling the ocean beaches, or Aside from writing fiction, I also, though sporadically, dabble in poetry, blog regularly, vlog irregularly, having three video series: Chronicles of an Aspiring Writer, Middle Aged Angst, and currently Creative Chaos all
I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pacific Northwest WritersAssociation, the Apocalypsies, and co-president of the Class of 2k12. I am the author of two young adult novels, Never Eighteen released from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2012, and Dissected, released November 12, 2013 from Sock Puppet Press.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a mother of two teenage girls. I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, even though I love the sun I can’t imagine living anywhere else because it’s driving distance to everything, the ocean, lakes, forests, mountains, rivers…every getaway spot you can think of.
Though I’ve loved reading and writing my entire life, I didn’t sit down to write a novel until 2002 and didn’t really try to make a go at publishing until 2007.
I love traveling, spending time with friends and family, walking outside, monkeys, soccer and football, my favorite food is pizza and my favorite color is black. How’s that?
What is the name of your most recent book? What is the synopsis?
The book I’m currently writing is tentatively titled A Tattered Life. It’s about a teenage boy, Jaden Hatch, who comes upon a journal while picking up debris after the tornados of 2011. Jaden is a jerk through and through. He’s a jock who has everything going for him, looks, talent, a mom who loves him, a beautiful girlfriend. He treats everyone like they owe him something, his mother, girlfriend, the girl he’s cheating with, his best friend…and he gives nothing in return.
When he finds the journal, he begins reading and discovers the girl behind the words is living in misery. She’s bullied at school, abused by her stepfather, her mother is an alcoholic, and she has to work to take care of her family and is basically the mom to her little sister.
At first Jaden thinks it’s funny, but soon becomes involved in her journal entries and her life to the point that it’s starting to change him. Upon reaching the last entry, he uncovers her plan to commit suicide and decides he has to find her, though he has no idea who or where she is, before it’s too late.
What genre are your books?
I write mostly contemporary young adult fiction about teen social issues.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
As I said above, I began writing novels in 2002. I began after the death of my mother-in-law as a way to grieve and pass the time, as I’d quit my job in order to care for her with hospice after she was diagnosed with cancer. At first, it started out as a hobby, and I had two young children, so I only wrote sporadically. When I realized I had a full length novel forming, I kept at it and finally finished in 2007.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I was going to try to put another book out later this year, but I think it will have to wait until 2015. My next release should be Girl in Motion, about a teenage girl who wants to play high school football to gain the attention of her estranged father.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The middle. I always seem to have a beginning and an end, but always get stuck in the murky middle.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, as I mentioned before, I like to hang out with friends, I also like to watch shows on Netflix, read voraciously, take walks, they always inspire, and I love traveling.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
For some reason I’ve grown accustomed to writing at my kitchen table right by the sliding glass door. I love the natural light. I have a home office and have tried to move in there and work at my desk, but always find myself back in the kitchen.
The when is a little more difficult? I write when I can. In the morning if I have time before the day job. In the afternoon if the house is quiet. At night if I’m not too tired.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Any authors or books that inspired you and your writing?
Originally, I would say JK Rowling, but more recently 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. Those books really resonated with me and are probably the reason I started writing contemporary YA fiction. I would also have to throw in Judy Blume and Stephen King because those are who I remember reading the most as a young person.
What’s your favorite piece of advice for writers?
To always try to get better. Go to conferences, classes, forums, surround yourself with writers. We will never be perfect, but there is always room for improvement.
Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I like to get a brand new hard cover in the mail. I don’t know, there is something about getting a book when it’s just released that is exciting to me.
What are your book/reading pet peeves?
It is a must to take the slip cover off the book while reading. Also, my sister always reads the end of the book before she starts so she knows if she’ll want to read the whole thing. I don’t know how she does that! I would never want to read it if I already knew what was going to happen. Talk about a spoiler alert! And I don’t really like long chapters. I like that books these days have nice short ones.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Tough one, but Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? was one of my favorites. I had a book of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales which I loved. I was partial to The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid. The real tales, not Disneyized versions.
Is there anything that you would like to mention to your readers and fans?
Just to remember that if you like a book, tell someone. Not just my book, but any book. Word of mouth is still the best form of publicity for authors. Most of us are not backed by our publishing houses and have to do most of the work ourselves and of course, if we’re self-published, we’re doing all the work ourselves. Another thing that helps spread the word is Amazon reviews. It doesn’t take but a couple sentences. Thank you for your loyalty and support and I hope you like Dissected.