photoInterview with Meagan Spooner

Kat Kennedy: This is Kat Kennedy here to interview author Meagan Spooner for her second book, Shadowlark, in her Skylark series. Meg!  Good to have you back on the blog! It feels like you’re just coming home.

Meagan Spooner:  Thanks for having me! It is JUST like coming home. But you’re in my chair, you know.

Kat Kennedy:  Yes, well, we’re a horrible family, ya know. So I’ll move in five minutes just after you’ve gotten comfortable.

Meagan Spooner:  Of course. I guess I’ll just sit on this dusty milk crate in the corner, then.

Kat Kennedy:  No!  You can’t sit there!  That’s where the ghost of Stephanie past is sitting!

Meagan Spooner:  I thought it felt extra ectoplasmy.

Kat Kennedy: No, she just always gets like that when you’re around.  You’re one of her favourite people.  So your second solo book, Shadowlark is coming out, is there going to be a third book in the series?

Meagan Spooner: Yay! Goo!  But to answer your question, yes, there is! The title is still currently a secret, but there will be a book three to round out the trilogy.

Kat Kennedy: It’s Spylark, isn’t it? The Spylark Who Shagged Me?

Meagan Spooner:  ARGH, Kat, what did I tell you about going through my private documents? Naughty thing, you.

Kat Kennedy:  Really, really horrible family with serious privacy issues – like I told you. You seem so relaxed this time around, what’s your secret? Bathing in the tears of your fans?

Meagan Spooner:  Well, there’s a little bit of that. I do love making readers cry. But mostly experience, I’d say. When you’re a debut author, you have no idea what you’re doing. And the inside scoop is that no one tells us what we’re supposed to be doing! So we end up trying to do everything, in the hope that we can help our books get just a little bit more of an edge.  But I think that tendency fades a little as you get more comfortable in the business. You can start concentrating on what really matters, which is producing good work. If you write good books, the rest will come.

Kat Kennedy:  Publishing steroids?  Because you know they test for those, right?

Meagan Spooner:  Totally. Show me a debut author who isn’t doping with Goodreads contests and Twitter chats, and I’ll show you a unicorn who poops rainbows. ;)

Kat Kennedy: All unicorns poop rainbows! You seem to be a pretty prolific writer. You have this series, These Broken Stars and I’m sure there are a few other projects going on there.

Meagan Spooner:  You aren’t wrong!

Kat Kennedy:  It’s like you’ve exploded all over the place in a glorious, glorious fashion! Wow, I totally didn’t mean for that to sound ejaculatory…jeez, these things just come out of me.

Oh god!  When will the double entendres stop?!

Meagan Spooner:  Oh, Kat. How I’ve missed you.

Kat Kennedy:  LOL.  I’m so, so sorry.
I apologize to you.
I apologize to your fans.
I apologize to your ancestors.
what project are you most excited about?

Meagan Spooner:  Oh, gosh. That’s like asking a parent to choose publicly between their children as to which are their favorites!

Kat Kennedy:  My daughter is my favourite.

Meagan Spooner:  It’s very easy to be excited about THESE BROKEN STARS right now, because it’s at that stage where bloggers are coming back with their early reviews, and we’re starting to get critical reviews, and so far it’s all good. But I’m also working on the third book in the Skylark trilogy, and there’s something about wrapping up a three-book arc of a story that’s immensely satisfying and appealing.

Kat Kennedy:  Wow.  So it’s basically all happening for you. On a scale of 1-10, how much should readers freak out about Lark’s fate? Are you gunna go all GRR Martin on her butt?

Meagan Spooner:  In book two, her trials are more emotional than physical. Clearly, because there has to be a book three starring her, so she can’t be missing most of her limbs and/or life.

Kat Kennedy:  Phew. I just had to know because I’m part way through it. THANK YOU!

Meagan Spooner:  In book three, I cannot make any promises about her fate whatsoever. I’m actually still working on the end of the series as we speak, so it changes a little every day.

Kat Kennedy:  You just want to make me cry, don’t you?

Meagan Spooner:  But I am not a roses and kittens and happily ever after author. I love bittersweet. So consider that fair warning!

Kat Kennedy:  Oh damn it!

Meagan Spooner:  And yes, yes I do. I always end up crying at the books I love most, so for me, making my readers cry is a mark of success!

But for me, it’s not actually about making readers sad, that’s not the goal.

Kat Kennedy:  What is the goal, Meg?!

Meagan Spooner:  It’s about affecting them. Sometimes I cry at books when nothing sad whatsoever is going on–it’s just that I find myself so transported and so bowled over by the story that that’s the only way my feeble brain can express it! So that’s always what I try to do in my own writing. I figure out how I want my readers to feel, and that’s how I figure out what to write.

Kat Kennedy:  Wow. I’ve never heard it explained like that before. But that is kind of really, incredibly awesome. OMG!  That is totally what you did with Skylark! I am for real having a mind blown moment right now.

Meagan Spooner:  I never want to leave readers sad. Maybe they pass through sad on the way to where I DO want to leave them, but it’s never the end result goal. Aww, yay!

Kat Kennedy:  You’re right!  That is totally the way you write!

Meagan Spooner: Success!

Kat Kennedy:  Okay, sorry, I will tamper down the enthusiasm. I just remember that scene you wrote where Lark is experiencing the sky for the first time. I swear to god, I almost got vertigo.

Meagan Spooner:  That whole arc of Lark’s, her ouranophobia, was really fun for me. It’s not something most people have ever experienced, and I certainly haven’t. So it was a lot of research and reading accounts from people who have suffered that phobia.
For me, it’s so hard to imagine being afraid of the sky. So it was one of the biggest challenges in that first book, putting myself inside Lark’s head.

Kat Kennedy:  Well, I’ve only experienced vertigo once, but you nailed it.  And I know it’s not exactly the same – but it felt the same.

Meagan Spooner:  I have a definite fear of heights, myself, so I used that a lot while writing about her fears. And it was actually after writing SKYLARK that I started rock climbing, to teach myself to not be afraid of heights. You’ve got to experience your fears, like Lark does, to get over them.

Kat Kennedy:  Or you could turn to alcohol. I know which path I’d choose. Unless you’re afraid of alcohol…

Meagan Spooner:  Well, true. But it’s so expensive. Gosh, wouldn’t that be a crippling phobia?

Kat Kennedy:  I think I have a phobia of having a phobia of alcohol. I wonder if that has a name yet…

Meagan Spooner:  Methyphobia is a fear of alcohol. Dipsophobia is a fear of drinking.

Kat Kennedy:  So… dipsophobia-phobia

Meagan Spooner:  Man, what did we do before we had the internet?

Kat Kennedy:  I dunno, killed animals with rocks, I guess. Anyway, thank you for coming to talk with me today! As always, it was enormous fun catching up with you!

Meagan Spooner:  Of course! Thank you for having me, it was a blast as always.

Kat Kennedy:  Good luck with Shadowlark AND These Broken Stars!

Meagan Spooner:  Thank you!

About Meagan Spooner

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Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Northern Virginia, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.


ShadowlarkShadowlark (Skylark #2) by Meagan Spooner

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Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice.


Blog Tour Stops

Don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!

Monday, September 23

Excerpt – Xpresso Reads

Tuesday, September 24

Interview – Two Chicks on Books

Wednesday, September 25

Review – Good Books and Good Wine

Thursday, September 26

Guest Post – Fantasy Book Addict

Friday, September 27

Review – Ageless Pages Reviews

Saturday, September 28

Interview/Live Chat – Cuddlebuggery

Monday, September 30

Review – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Tuesday, October 1 {RELEASE DAY}

Guest Post – The Book Smugglers

Friday, September 27

Review – Ageless Pages Reviews

Saturday, September 28

Interview/Live Chat – Cuddlebuggery

Monday, September 30

Review – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Tuesday, October 1 {RELEASE DAY}

Guest Post – The Book Smugglers

Wednesday, October 2

Review – Anna Reads

Thursday, October 3

Interview -Literary Rambles

Friday, October 4

Review – YA Sisterhood


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Meagan Spooner is being super generous in funding a giveaway for this tour stop!  She’ll be giving away a finished paperback of Skylark or Shadowlark depending on the winner’s preference. She’ll be ordering it from Book Depository, so the winner must live somewhere Book Depository ships!

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Kat Kennedy

Co-blogger at Cuddlebuggery
Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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18 Responses to “Blog Tour: Interview with Meagan Spooner + Giveaway”

  1. roro
    Twitter:

    Extatic for shadowlark

  2. I haven’t read this series, but I read and LOOOOOOOOOVED These Broken Stars. It was incredible and now I’m excited to read this one. TFT giveaway!
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  3. Tammy
    Twitter:

    I haven’t started this series yet but I need to after your great interview with Meagan.

  4. I really love this interview!
    Makes me so eager to start this series!

  5. sarah c.

    great interview!!! I have been wanting to read Skylark!! It sounds so good!!!

  6. I haven’t read this series but from Meagan Spooner I’ve read These Broken Stars, which she co-wrote with Amie Kaufman and, I’m going to be extremely honest, it’s my favourite book of the year.
    So, I’m super excited to read Shadowlark and explore Spooner’s writing. Plus, it sounds SO good :)

    Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

    XX Ner
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  7. Claira Pam

    This interview definitely makes me want to read this series!! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  8. Vivien

    I did read Skylark! It was so unique and kind of creeped me out. Cannot wait to read Shadowlark!

  9. I haven’t read either one, but I plan to soon! I’m currently broke though so I can’t buy anything, which totally sucks. Loved the interview. :D
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  10. erinf1

    sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing this series ;)

  11. Ashfa

    Haven tread the series but looks awesome!!

  12. I loved Skylark- I quite like how there’re elements of fantasy and well as dystopian :)
    And so, yeah, I’m pretty excited for the sequel to come out!
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  13. Filia Oktarina

    I haven’t read this series, and i just jnow about this series.
    Thanks for sharing, make me know about this series. Love it :)

  14. Crystal

    Nope, haven’t read it. But it looks interesting!!

  15. I haven’t read Skylark yet, but this sounds like an amazing series! Thanks for the chance to win the book!
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  16. Paola Benavides
    Twitter:

    I haven’t read Skylark but I’m excited to start it!

  17. I absolutely LOVED Skylark. The twists were so unexpected and I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on SHADOWLARK.
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  18. January

    I haven’t read Skylark yet, but I want to soooo bad!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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