Author Interview: Megan Hand & Giveaway!

Author Interview: Megan Hand & Giveaway!

Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
But she won’t know anything…until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends' deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

Content Warning: This book is rated Mature YA/NA for language, sexual situations, and some violence.

File Size: 485 KB
Publisher: M Hand Publications (March 30, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Lending: Enabled

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

Welcome Megan, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us!

Thank you for having me, Lori!

SRNA: Reading Bitter Angel, I got the strong feeling of precognitive dreams. Do you have them yourself?

MH: I do, all the time. In fact, that is usually how my stories come to me, in half-awakened dreams, I like to call them. But I have had actual real-to-life dreams that were much more like déjà vu.

SRNA: Where did you get the idea for Bitter Angel?

MH: Bitter Angel came to me in exactly that way, a half-awakened dream. However, it was originally supposed to be a short story. The story was supposed to end when she woke up. Since you've read it, I’m sure you understand now why I couldn't end it there. :)

SRNA: Did you set out to write a New Adult book, or did your characters tell you what to do?

MH: My characters are usually already in college, probably because I have a massive case of Peter Pan Syndrome. I would live in college if I could. Seriously. For the rest of my life. Because of this severe non-life threatening disorder, I have difficulties writing any other age group. And, at the time that I started writing as an adult, I wrote this age because there was so little literature in that age group. Now our Kindles and bookshelves are overflowing with the NA genre, and I am a super giddy girl because of it!

SRNA: Are you a panster or a plotter?

MH: I am definitely a panster, which goes against my Melancholy personality type. I live off of lists and schedules and diagrams in my regular life. I spend time everyday, plotting out my hours and minutes. But when it comes to writing, I can't go by an outline. I tried it once with my first book, and it was a major fail. Plot lines changed, new characters entered, background details threw me off. It was a disaster. Since then, I have not bothered with the outline, though he is my friend in other areas of my life.

When I start a new story, I will usually dream out the scenes in my head. When I have words but am not around a computer, I have a digital recorder that I carry with me everywhere I go, or a legal pad. I loves me some legal pads. :) Also, I tend to write in chronological order. I have written some stories out of order, and it was the same turnout as the outlines—disaster.

SRNA: Do you listen to music while you write? Are there any artists or songs that particularly inspired you during the writing of Bitter Angel?

MH: I do! You’ll probably laugh when I tell you I listened to some hardcore rap/hip hop to get me through those clubbing scenes in the first half. My two most played songs during those scenes were G6 and Black and Yellow (LOL). During some of the intense parts in the end, I listened to the Black Hawk Down soundtrack, because there were no words, just the intensity of the instruments.

SRNA: What else have you written/published?

MH: I have two novels under my belt that came before Bitter Angel. They are now deemed crap/learning manuscripts and will not see the light of day. I believe there is always a learning process with writing. I like to take time and perfect my work. That still doesn't mean everyone will love it, but hopefully they will at least think it is well-written.

Now that Bitter Angel is out, my goal is to put out two books a year. It usually takes about 3-4 months to write/tweak, then betas, editing, more betas, more editing, formatting, etc. Two books a year is a doable goal for me, I hope. :)

SRNA: Are you working on anything new?

MH: My next project is a very emotional NA Contemporary Romance. I’m very excited about this one!! It’s been a labor of love, to be sure. My first and second books were this same story. But they weren't great and needed much more than tweaking. I refused to give up on these characters! So this will be my third complete rewrite of my first novel, and I already feel that this third time is the charm.

SRNA: As a self-published author, what's your biggest piece of advice for promoting your book?

MH: I am a personable person. Everyone does this differently. From my perspective, I love connecting with bloggers and building relationships. I try to spend some time on Facebook and Twitter everyday, and if I see a post from a blogger I've been following, I like to take the time to say "hi" or respond to something they posted. I try. I'm not perfect at it, and maybe it won't score me any more points in the end, but that's the only way I can do it. I want people to know me as a person, not just for my book and vice versa.

SRNA: What made you decide to self-publish as opposed to seeking out an agent?

MH: The Indie decision was a thought-out, personal one. I did query a few agents about a year ago, and I was terrible at it. The idea was extremely daunting. Then the waiting and the waiting and the waiting. And then there's always the fact that someone else will control your story, that someone else controls the timelines of your publishing, etc. I want to publish more than one book a year. I want to put out what I love and what readers want, not what one tiny group of people think will sell (which is very little NA, a huge OOPS on the publishing side). Overall, I feel this is where I fit. I love it here, and I hope, in time, people will come to love my stories.

SRNA: What's the single best piece of advice you can offer aspiring authors?

MH: Write, write write! Read, read, read, then write, write, write. It's Numero Uno about the writing. Reading is secondary. All the rest will come. The publishing, blogging, connecting with bloggers and readers. Bottom line, if you don't spend time on your characters and love them like you know them, others won't love them either.

SRNA: What would you like to say to your fans?

MH: I would like to say a big fat THANK YOU to those who have bought and read the book so far!!! And big squishy hugs <3 I'm a hugger. Can't help it.
Thank you so much for having me, Lori!! *awkward hug*

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