Welcome, Megan Thomason to our fun-filled ‘the teenage years’ interview, here to show all readers that authors can be just as weird, loving, kind, or crazy as their characters. Read on!
One night … I snuck out and you’ll never believe what happened …
Hmmm… which story to tell ;)? I snuck out awfully often. Perhaps, the time we were out uh, decorating, some yards in the neighborhood with beautiful white tissue-paper… I rode in the back of a guy’s truck and he stopped suddenly. I went flying out the back. Ouch. Can’t remember how I explained away those injuries…
My other car was a ________________
My mom tried to pass off her practical Gold Mazda GLC on me (truly hideous), but I talked her into getting me a Mazda rotary-engine sports car… not an RX7, but a model they only had out for a year (can’t even remember the name). That thing was the biggest piece of crap. It spent way more time in the shop than I spent driving it. But it was cool looking and fast, and there was no way I was showing up to school in a something that looked like a cheap gold cardboard box. I regretted it when my mom didn’t let me keep my expensive-to-keep-working car through college and I had to get a scooter (and I think she regretted not letting me keep it when I almost got run over by a semi on said scooter).
Nerd? Geek? Jock? Snob?
Good question. I’m not sure I cleanly fit in any of those categories. I do know that I was often called smart and melodramatic. Everyone thought I’d end up a lawyer or actress, given the tales I’d spin… little did they know I’d use that talent to write books. And perhaps I was a bit of a troublemaker? I’d have to consult the statute of limitations on a few things before I put anything else in writing ;).
I almost got caught ________________
Before I moved to the basement of our house (which had fabulously easy sneak-out access to the outdoors), I tried to do a Tarzan move, hanging out of my second story window by a sheet, and while swinging, may or may not have cracked the garage window below, nearly waking my mother. Not my most intelligent move.
If my parents knew I did ____________________, they’d have grounded me forever.
Left late at night to drive 5 hours to see my boyfriend at college at his request (who was pretty much passed out when I arrived); stayed all of two hours; drove home… almost fell asleep at the wheel… and then got a ticket (yikes!).
Now, before we get to the last question, let’s look at Megan Thomason’s book …
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
Favorite one-line review about the book
“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story”–Kirkus Reviews
Favorite 6 sentences from the book
The moment the perfectly styled, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl awakens to the sight of her own dead body, she swears and slaps her corpse across the face. The gesture makes no impact. She checks her hands. Not a lick of vomit, despite the fact Dead Her’s covered with it.
“Stupid,” she yells at her dead-self. “If we were going to go, it should have been in grand fashion.
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But before you go, one last question …
If I could do it all again, I would …
I’d stay for my senior year of high school. I let my mom talk me into graduating a year early/doing early entry to the University of Washington (I think she may have wanted to be rid of me… can’t imagine why… I was so pleasant. :)). Not only did a miss out on fun things like prom and graduation with my class, but it was hard to start college after just turning 17 (I didn’t turn 21 until after I graduated college!).
Congratulations, Megan! Good luck with daynight!
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