Friday, November 17, 2017

{Blog Tour} FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST by Megan Miranda—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Fragments of the Lost
by Megan Miranda

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
 Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • iBooks • TBD

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with Megan Miranda


LM: What was your inspiration for writing Fragments of the Lost?

Megan: I’m really interested in the different ways stories are told, and what those structures can reveal. I’d been thinking a lot about the things people leave behind, and the stories we tell about people from our own memories. We moved a few years ago and went through the process of cleaning out our house, deciding what could be tossed and what we needed to keep. But somewhere in the moving chaos, we forgot about the existence of a couple of boxes left behind in a storage unit. Going through these boxes so much later, I was reminded of the power of physical objects in recalling such vivid memories.

LM: How did writing Fragments of the Lost differ from writing previous books you've written?

Megan: Since this book was structured around individual objects, it was conceived in two parts: the story happening in the present, with Jessa searching for the truth; and the memory surrounding each object, mapping the rise and fall of their relationship in the past.

LM: Tell us a little bit about Jessa—who is she?

Megan: Jessa has grown up in the shadow of an older brother who has always seemed perfect to her. Because of this, she believes she’s always been viewed in relation to someone else—either as Julian’s younger sister, or as Caleb’s girlfriend. Piecing together the mystery at the heart of the story becomes a mission not only to uncover the truth about Caleb, but herself.

LM: What scene from Fragments of the Lost are you most proud of and why?

Megan: The Fragment called “His Glasses”— this was a powerful moment for Jessa in the past, when she realized she had fallen for Caleb, but it’s also a pivotal moment for her in the present. And she has to reconcile both the past and the present, and her conflicted feelings about both, in that scene.

LM: Give us a little behind the scenes story about this book!

Megan: If you read the opening chapter of the book, where Jessa describes Caleb’s room, you would discover that it looks surprisingly similar to my office. Both are on the third floor, set apart from the rest of the house, with slanting gray walls, a ceiling fan on the strip over top. As I was writing, I did a lot of investigating in my own room. As the story progresses, some of the discoveries Jessa makes in the room are very similar to unusual architectural elements of my office…specifically in the closet.

LM: If this book had a theme song, what would it be?

Megan: How to Save a Life – The Fray

LM: Do you set a daily writing goal? How long did it take you to write Fragments of the Lost?

Megan: I don’t set word counts, because first drafts are very much discovery drafts for me, so sometimes forward progress is really cutting a bunch of scenes that aren’t right. But I do sit down at my desk every day at the same time—I work fairly structured hours each day. I think it took somewhere between 9 months and a year from initial idea to a solid draft I felt ready to turn in to my editor.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Megan: I have a 9 and 11 year old, so usually when I’m not writing I’m hanging out with them. I also read A LOT. And if I can get to a beach, I am particularly happy!

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add; anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Megan: Thanks so much for having me! And to readers of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, I hope you all enjoy the story!

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Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Megan is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency





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Huge thanks to Megan for answering my questions today!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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