I’m so, so, so excited to bring to you today an interview with one of my favorite authors of all time! I have loved Megan Miranda’s works, since I picked up her debut novel all those years ago. I can’t wait to share with you my interview with her about her newest book, Fragments of the Lost. If you want to see my fangirling review, click here to check it out AND KNOW THAT YOU REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT TO GET IT ON YOUR TBR.
About the Book:
Title: FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST
Author: Megan Miranda
Pub. Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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?
Okay, I just finished Fragments of the Lost, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it. What made it stand out so much for me was the fact that each chapter title and what the chapter contained was, in essence, a fragment of Jessa’s life and how that object/moment told a story, which was so unique. How did you come up with the fragments – did you know what they would be ahead of time or did they come to you as you were writing?
Thank you so much! The fragments mostly came to me as I was writing. Before I started, I made a list of things one might find in a room, but each happened pretty organically as I was writing. I put myself in the mindset of Jessa—every time she discovered a fragment, I was discovering it along with her. A lot of the pieces came together during revision, but I find that writing my way into stories like this leaves room for surprises, and lets me learn even more about the character—who they are, what they want, and what they eventually choose to do.
I’ve read every single one of your books- whether they were whether adult fiction or young adult fiction. How do you change over from writing one to another? Is there something that you do differently when you’re writing one genre vs. another?
The only way I approach them differently is in thinking about the narrator, and filtering the story through their perspective. So, whether a character is experiencing something for the first time, or whether they’re filtering the same type of events through all of their past experiences. Basically, I imagine I’m the character, and try to tell the story as they would be experiencing and processing it. I often will have specific music I’m listening to that helps get me in the mindset of that character, and also makes it easier to switch between projects.
If I remember correctly, you came from a science background, and you have incorporated that into a lot of your books. Did you incorporate your background into this book in any way?
As a subject, there isn’t science in this book, but I think I used some of that same mindset during the revision process. While I don’t do a lot of planning beforehand, I do a lot of outlining and analyzing when I’m getting ready to revise. I am a big fan of analyzing data after I write a draft, trying to see things from a remove before diving back in.
Jessa, our main character in the book, is forced to clean out her deceased ex-boyfriend’s things. I can’t imagine doing that! What would you have done in the situation – and would you have started playing detective like Jessa did?
There’s a moment early on in the story when someone else volunteers to take over, and I think I personally would’ve taken them up on that offer. But I also think Jessa wants to be in that room because there are so many unanswered questions, and it’s her only chance to absolve herself of the guilt she’s been feeling. So if I were in Jessa’s shoes, I think I also would’ve started playing detective.
What can we expect from you next (okay, what can I expect from you next because I’m dyingggggg to know)?
I have two new books currently in the works! Since I’m still editing them, I don’t want to say too much about them just yet, but one is YA and one is adult – I hope to share more about both of them soon!
Lastly, since this is Book Princess Reviews, do you have a favorite Disney Princess or favorite Disney character? If so, please tell us who and why!
I remember seeing The Lion King in the theater when it came out, and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. I’ve always had a soft spot for Pumbaa.
About the Author
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.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, US Only.
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