50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Megan Whitmer

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Megan WhitmerMy guest this week is author Megan Whitmer, who writes young adult (YA) fiction. Megan lives in Kentucky with her husband and two daughters, loves all things Southern, and has a soft spot for football, kissing scenes, and things that sparkle. She’s a contributing blogger for YAmisfits.com, allthewritenotes.com, and herkentucky.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends her time looking for funny t-shirts and wishing someone would pay her to tweet. And they should; @MeganWhitmer is da bomb.

Her debut novel, Between, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in July 2014. You can learn more about Megan at meganwhitmerwrites.com.

What I haven’t told you yet is that when Megan wrote Between, it stood on its own. However, the folks at Spencer Hill were so excited about it that they asked her to expand it into a trilogy, which got me thinking:

When a publisher wants to turn a standalone book into a trilogy, I’m guessing the average author’s prevailing emotion is somewhere between “elated” and “holy hell that’s a big project.” Would you say that’s accurate?

Totally accurate. It’s flattering and terrifying. On one hand, the editors at Spencer Hill Press loved my world and my characters enough to turn my standalone into a trilogy. On the other, turning Between into a “book one” meant MAJOR plot changes. While the overall goal of my main character, Charlie, is now the trilogy arc, her goal in book one is new. It took a lot of work to make so many changes without losing what made Between unique.

My editors and I joke about how I’ve written five books called Between in the last ten months just to come up with the one people will be able to buy next year, but it’s been totally worth it. It’s so much better than it was a year ago, and I’m happy I don’t have to let go of my characters yet!

Now Megan can’t really talk about the details of Between until the official release of the cover. So in the meantime, I thought a return to my favorite trilogy of all-time was in order:

Huge thanks to Megan for stopping by this week and for giving me the opportunity to say I know a trilogist.

Wait, is that a word?

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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