Sunday, September 20, 2009

Author Interview: Megan Crewe

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Megan Crewe, the author of the just released novel Give Up the Ghost. Megan was kind enough to take time away from her busy book release schedule to answer a few questions. So here's my interview with her with my questions in bold.

Give Up the Ghost is your first novel. How does it feel to be a published author?

Incredible! I've been dreaming about this ever since I first started trying to write a novel in junior high, and I'm so excited to have it actually be happening. It's taken a lot of work, and it hasn't been a totally smooth journey, but every day I'm happy to be where I am.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Cass is like my cynical side amped to maximum volume. Her sarcastic sense of humor and the way she thinks about the world are a lot like me, but she's far more pessimistic and guarded than I've ever been.

Recently you had a contest where you asked readers to submit their secret deeds from middle school and high school. Do you have one of those stories of your own?

The worst thing I ever did to someone wasn't horrendous, but it wasn't particularly nice either. There was a girl I'd hung out with now and then in junior high who was kind of awkward and avoided by the "popular" crowd. Once I noticed the way other people reacted to her, I stopped talking to her and ignored her when she'd try to say "Hi."

Based on your bio it sounds like you do a lot of reading. Any current favorite books you can recommend?

A few books I've read in the last couple months are really enjoyed are Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

Can you tell us more about your two cats?

Sure! They're both about four years old, and named after characters in the book Watership Down: A Novel. Fiver looks like one of those Halloween black cats and likes to try to talk to people on the other side of our apartment door. His nickname is "Brat," for good reason. Hazel is an orange tabby and a real softie (I call her a teddy bear cat). We adopted her from the city animal rescue and she started out shy,
but has really come out of her shell.

Do you have a new project you’re working on?

I'm always working on new projects! :) Mostly paranormal and fantasy, always YA.

Best of luck on the new book! And thanks for stopping by.

If you'd like to learn more about Megan and the new book, simply visit her website. You'll find a lot of neat things there, one of which is a page of reader secrets sent in to Megan for a contest. My story is one of them. Can you figure out which one?

For those of you haven't seen this yet, here's a trailer for Give Up the Ghost:


And if you've made it this far it's time for the last giveaway of the blogoversary. Megan will be sending a Give Up the Ghost Swag Pack (ghost scent, friendship bracelet, paper lantern, bookmark, stickers, button) to one lucky winner. If you'd like to win, simply leave me a comment on this post.
+1 for comment (mention you would like to win)
+1 for linking to the contest (MUST post a direct link to count)

Rules: The contest is open until September 30th, 2009. One commenter will be chosen as the winner. You will have one week to claim your prize. Rules about claiming prizes can be found here.

36 comments:

Haiku Amy said...

Enter me please. haikuamy at gmail dot com.

Also I linked on my Haiku Amy blog in the sidebar.

Linna said...

I want to win this big prize! Please enter me. :D

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Haley Mathiot said...

enter me!

i've posted this at: http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2009/09/mondays-giveaways.html

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Elie N said...

Enter me too please. I am really exctied to read this book, some sway would make me even more excited!

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Stacie said...

Please count me in too.

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Chick Lit Teens said...

That was a really cute interview. I look forward to reading Give Up the Ghost.

Please count me in for the contest.

Wanda said...

I would love to win this. Please enter my name. Thanks.
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celi.a said...

Fun interview! I'd love to win the book & swag - please enter me! :-)

+1 I'm also posting this on my blog sidebar.

Thanks!

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Cynthia said...

awesome

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Nina said...

Great contest, and the book really sounds great! Please enter me!

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lag123 said...

I would love this. Please enter me.

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Jenny N. said...

+1 I would like to enter this. I would like some swag to go with the book.

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Ladytink_534 said...

Oh I'd very much like to win! This sounds like a great story.

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Lilibeth Ramos said...

Ghost scent?! Interesting, I'm in!

+1 linked to my sidebar: http://lilibethramos.blogspot.com

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Rebecca N. said...

I love the names of your kitty cats! Great interview! I would be ecstatic if I won this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Rebecca N. said...

I tweeted about it!

http://twitter.com/Sparkleglow/status/4323929580

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DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

ENTER ME !!!!!!!
This book sound really really really good

+1 for sidebar link
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Denise

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Bunny B said...

Count me in please!!

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YA Vampire Books said...

I would like to enter!
This book sounds great, it's on my wishlist!

sara
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P.S I'm international

BlackWolf said...

i would love to win.. please count me in...
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..this contest did't say if it was internacional :s..

xxsquigglesxx said...

I would love to win this!

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Froggy said...

+1 Please enter me in the contest, I would love to win!
+1 for linking to the contest - I added the link in my sidebar under contests

Froggy
froggarita@gmail.com
http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com
A Blog with Bite!
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Lauren said...

I would love to enter! =)

Lauren
laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com

Sarbear said...

What a great contest! I've been wanting to read this for so long now -- it would be amazing to win this book : ) I would love to win!

Please enter me:

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so...
+1 for comment (mention you would like to win))

Ashley said...

I loved the trailer! I've been wanting to read this book for a longgggg time.
booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

+1 Posted on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

Thanks for entering me!

throuthehaze said...

count me in please
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bridget3420 said...

I'd like to enter:)

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bridget3420 said...

Blogged

http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaway-list_9297.html

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kimmyl said...

I would love to enter to win. The book sounds great.
I also tweeted about your contest here:
http://twitter.com/kimyl

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
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+1 This sounds so good, please enter me as I'd love to read this - Thanks :)

Wrighty said...

I keep hearing such good things about this book. I can't wait to read it. Please include me too and thanks for another great giveaway! Happy Blogoversary!

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bookbutterflyangel said...

This book sounds so interesting. Thanks for hosting this contest!

+1 http://bookbutterflyangel.wordpress.com/contests/

~bookbutterfly
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Paradox said...

I'd like to win the swag pack!

+1 I tweeted about the contest: http://twitter.com/ParadoxRevealed/status/4484648284

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natalierenae said...

Great interview and contest!

+1 Comment
+1 Link on Contests Sidebar

E-mail: n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

~Natalie (Mindful Musings

Melanie said...

I'd like to win! I had a simaliar experience in high school as well. I've been on both sides of that story, unfortunately.

Alexa said...

Enter me please!

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