Today we are hosting the Triple Threat Blog Tour with Megan Miranda, author of Hysteria! She dropped by to answer a few questions for us!
1.) Where did the idea for Hysteria come from?
I got a sense of character first, and the idea that she would have killed her boyfriend at the start of the book. But the idea that became the story started after I had been researching for a bit. I was looking into stories about memories and hauntings, and I got carried away thinking about all the things that can haunt, and in all the ways those things can haunt.
2.) The cover is so cool! Did you have any say in how it progressed? (If not, what was it like seeing it for the first time?)
I didn't come up with the concept, but when they sent me the image they were hoping to use for my feedback, I did a double-take. Then I got a chill. And then I thought… perfect. It captures the mood and the tone, and the "is this really real, or is this all in my head?" element perfectly.
3.) What’s it like to right about the blurred edges of madness?
It's like walking a very fine line. I want to make sure *I* keep a very firm grasp on what's happening to keep the story grounded, but to allow that fear and confusion to translate without becoming confusing (wait, is that confusing?)
Honestly, it took me a while to get there. I’d get notes back that marked large passages that said “too confusing” or “unclear” in draft after draft from both my critique partners and my editor. So a lot of the process was finding that line, walking across it, and learning how to balance.
4.) What projects are you working on right now?
I'm working on revisions for my 2014 book, which is a sequel/companion to Fracture. It's told from Decker's point of view and takes place about 8 months after the events in Fracture. It's about the idea of a curse, and how people can believe, and also how it can take people over….
I'm also working on a few different projects for what comes next. All have a bit of a thriller element to them, in very different forms.
5.) Just for fun, what’s your favorite:
Drink: Diet Coke
Food: Mac & cheese
Animal: It’s not that I don’t like animals. It’s just that they don’t seem to like me so much…
Song: Changes by the moment, depending on my mood. And also on what I’m writing J
Book: Impossible question! I always default to the best most-recent book I’ve read. Which, at the moment, is Gone Girl.
Vacation Spot: The beach