I'm so excited to have author, Megan Shepherd, on the blog with us today. I get to name drop and say I knew Megan way back when. Sort of. Because even though we did take a writing workshop together, before she was agented, with an early version of The Madman's Daughter, we ALL knew Megan was going places with her writing. And it wasn't too terribly long after that when she won the SCBWI-Carolinas writing contest and scored her big-time agent, Josh Adams. Within weeks she had a trilogy deal for her gothic inspired books.
When I finally got to read The Madman's Daughter in its entirety, it was as good to the end as I knew it would be, and I can honestly say it's been one of my favorite reads of 2014. Now, there's the second book in the series to look forward to, Her Dark Curiosity. Can we all say heck yeah!
And here's Megan to answer our Sweet Six questions!
|photo by Kristi Hedberg|
1) Tell us about your book!
The Madman's Daughter is the first in a historical thriller trilogy inspired by various Gothic classics, including The Island of Doctor Moreau, Jekyll & Hyde, and Frankenstein. The first book follows sixteen year old Juliet Moreau as she travels from London to a mysterious tropical island where her father is rumored to be working on dangerous and experimental science. She gets swept up in mysteries, murder, and romance while she learns the truth about her father.
2) What scene in your book do you LOVE the most?
There's a scene where Juliet goes a little crazy, like her father, and smashes a lot of specimen jars and gets covered in gross chemicals and bits of rotting specimens. Disgusting, I know. But I like how that scene shows how she's slipping into madness.
3) If you had to pick a character you LOVE (and not your own!), who would you pick and why?
I adore Cassel from Holly Black's Curseworker series, starting with White Cat. He's no saint, but he's a good guy at heart, and his family is insane.
4) What's the craziest/most memorable valentine you've ever received?
For whatever reason (dating the wrong guys I guess) I never got flowers before I married my husband. He gave me flowers our first Valentine's Day and it meant so much to me. Now he gets them for me all the time. (I picked the right guy!)
5) If you were a Brach's Heart, what phrase would be written on you?
SWEET MADNESS. Because love is better when there's a little craziness.
6) The all-important choice: flowers or candy?
Ha! Well, after question #4, I guess I have to say flowers, though I do love chocolate in all its forms.
Sweet madness, indeed! Thanks so much for joining us today, Megan, and don't forget! Today's the last day to enter the contest to win swag from the Reader Skit post which Megan participated in. Prizes are a signed copy of The Madman's Daughter, a signed copy of Denise Jaden's Losing Faith, swag from Jen McConnel, Jeanne Ryan, Denise Jaden, and Megan Shepherd. Enter below!