Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quick Q and A's with Megan Crewe and Giveaway!

Megan Crewe is the author of the one of the most faboulous books of the year, Give Up The Ghost, which is now out!

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1) Give Up The Ghost is your debut novel. Can you tell us a bit about your road to publication for it?

It was pretty straight-forward, actually! When I'd finished and revised GHOST, I started querying agents, and after a few months of sending out partials and fulls got an offer of representation. My agent sent the book out to editors, and then there was a lot of waiting, a few close calls (editor loved it but someone higher up said no), some revision, and finally two offers. Well worth the wait!

2) In Give Up The Ghost, Cass has the ability to talk to ghosts, people who have died, but have not yet crossed over. Which leaves me to wonder if you could talk to any ghost of someone you loved who has died who would it be?

I would talk to the ghost of my maternal grandfather, who died when I was in junior high school. I always got along with him well, but I never really got to know him because I was still pretty young when he got sick. It'd be nice to find out more about his life.

3) Did Give Up The Ghost change in any big ways from first draft to what you see in the final version?

All of the important stuff stayed pretty much the same. :) The biggest change was removing a subplot that didn't entirely fit the story and replacing that material with other stuff that did.

4) Is there one specific thing that you hope that the readers of your book will take from it?

I hope they'll take the idea that there's more to people and situations than may first appear--that even if things seem hopeless there are ways to deal with them, that someone you never expected may be able to help you if you give them a chance.

5) If you could pick a theme song for Give Up The Ghost what would it be?

"Trouble" by Lisa Germano--I listened to it a lot while I was writing.

6) What is your favorite thing about being an author so far? Least?

My favorite thing is writing! I love making up stories and figuring out how my characters will react in certain situations, all the creative stuff.

My least favorite part is the waiting that's such a large part of publishing. Even once your book sells, you have to wait at least 18 months before it comes out. And during a lot of that time, there's relatively little you can do for that book. Which is why I distract myself with more writing. :)

7) Are you currently working on anything?

Of course! (See above.) I'm taking a little break to focus on GHOST's launch, since it's so soon, but I have a couple of YA novels waiting for revisions once that's done.

8) Is there anything else you would like to add?

I love to hear from readers, so if you'd like to know more about me or GHOST, feel free to stop by my website (http://www.megancrewe.com ) and contact me via email or my blog!

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Thank so much, Megan! Now, you can check out my review here, which I posted earlier this week, or go look for Give Up The Ghost in your local book store! :)

Also, I have some Give Up The Ghost bookmarks to giveaway to two lucky people. So, just leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered. :) I guess this will end...... next Thursday, the 24th.

26 comments:

  1. OMG!!! Lauren...guess what?!? My foot is in a wrap!!!!! Two idiots tackled me during soccer and now my ankle looks like it has a tennis ball next to it! Seriously! It's THAT big! I have to walk on crutches now...not a very nice experience...lol...my armpits and my arms hurt sooooooooo much! I have to wear them for TWO WEEKS!!! ARGHH!!! Okay, Now I'm getting off topic...What I WANTED to say was this: GREAT INTERVIEW!
    But don't enter me for the bookmarks...I already have some :-) I can't wait to read GUTG! It looks like such an amazing book! I've been vying for a copy ever since I found out about it! Don't cha think the cover is UHMAZING?!? Totally loving it!

    Reggie :-)
    (Who totally made sure that this comment was SUPER SUPER SUPER long!)
    LOL! :-)

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  2. Please enter me. Great interview. I have heard great things about this book, and I love the cover!

    lovestoread0708(at)yahoo.com

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  3. Don't enter me. I just want to drop by to say that I love GUTG and Megan rocks. I can't wait to know of her next YA novels. Thanks for the review, Lauren ^^

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  4. Please enter me!

    I love that her path to publication was so straight forward. It is refreshing to hear about someone who just wrote a great story, treated it professionally, and got published.

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  5. I'd love to be entered.
    Silvia_pi(at)hotmail.es

    Wow, 18 months' a lot. I didn't know it took so long. Well it's the same for us I guess; while waiting for a book to come out we can only read others while waiting patiently.

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  6. Love the interview and ofcourse i would like to be entered!
    I'm hoping that the novels she's working on are going to be FAB! :)

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  7. I looooove bookmarks! And I'm pretty sure I'm going to love Guve Up the Ghosr. :)

    Dani.
    lightningstreak123@comcast.net

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  8. Awesome thanks so much!
    Adrienne
    adrienne2093(at)comcast(dot)net

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  9. Enter me! I can't wait to read this!

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  10. I would like to be entered!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Great interview! Please enter me for the bookmark :D I can't wait to read GHOST!

    Chloe
    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Hi :)
    Thanks for the great interview.
    Megan Crewe is awesome.
    Also thanks for the great review of FIRE on your previous post.
    All the best,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    xoxo

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  13. Great Interview! I just got a copy of her book yesterday so can't wait to start it.

    BTW, love Reggie's comment :) and I already have a bookmark.

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  14. I think that 18 months is a LONG TIME!!!! wow and i can hardly wait for some kid at school to finish a book so i can read it!!!! and that takes what, like a week and 1/2 at the longest! lol
    I like the interview ? that you asked her. :) I love how all your interviews are so good. You help others to really get to know the author. :)

    I would like to be entered for this contest. I really am looking forward to reading this book!!!:) I think that the cover and the summary are so reach-out-and-pull-you-in that it makes you want to know every detail of the story. :) I love the plot of the story too. :)

    thanks :)

    koolkrew@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for the give-away!

    foltzsfantaticbooks at gmail.com

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  16. This looks so fun. I'd love to be entered in the contest.

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

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  17. I love bookmarks, please enter me!

    nina.happyendings@yahoo.co.uk

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  18. Sweet bookmarks and a book, awesome giveaway. I'd love to be entered. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  19. I'm dying to read Give Up the Ghost! I'd love to be entered to win a bookmark!

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Please accept my entry for the bookmarks! I can't wait to read this book! It's going to be good one!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

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  21. thanks for the bookmark giveaway! the book does sound interesting :)

    adbcoz (a)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Please PLEASE enter me, I've been wanting to read this one for ever it feels like lol

    PS --- 18 MONTHS OMG :p

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  23. please enter me!
    aliciagrubbe@yahoo.com

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  24. I'd like a pretty bookmark! This has to be one of my altime favorite covers. :D

    greenc70@gmail.com

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  25. I would LOVE to win this!!
    Thankyou!! :D:D

    -Lindsay

    lindsay15photo@gmail.com

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  26. I'd like to enter please!

    hanjie.1992@live.com.my

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