We're here today with Megan O'Russell, author of the Tethering series. Can you tell us what the name of your latest book is, Megan, and what inspired it?
Megan: My latest book, The Siren’s Realm, is book two in the four part Tethering series. The idea for The Tethering came from a little boy waiting in a window for a girl to come back. I don’t really remember why that image came to me, but I needed to find out more about the boy. I wrote a scene and then another scene, and after a lot of revisions and changes, The Tethering was born.
Me: How cool! And what are you working on now?
Megan: Right now I have a few projects going on. A middle grade fantasy, book three in The Tethering Series, and a Christmas romance novella are taking most of my time.
Me: Sounds like you are really busy! Are there any authors, or books, that have influenced you?
Megan: Way too many to name. If I had to choose one author, it would be Madeline L’Engle. If I had to choose one series it would be The Chronicles of Narnia.
Me: As a lover of fantasy stories, I have to say I'm right with you as a CS Lewis fan. ;-) Are you reading anything now?
Megan: Right now, I’m reading The War of the Seasons by Janine K. Spendlove.
Me: Sounds like fun! :-) For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?
Megan: A boy who loves a girl and would do anything to protect her. And there’s magic. Lots of magic.
Me: Awesome! Every story should have some magic in it! :-) What is your favorite part of being an author?
Megan: Creating new worlds in my mind and finding a way for others to see what I see. Finding a way to make them know the characters the way I do. Searching for the right words to do those things is a challenge that I adore.
Me: That can be a challenge at times! Do you have a day job as well?
Megan: Yes. I am a professional musical theatre performer. I make my living playing make believe.
Me: Lucky you! :-) What would you say are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?
Megan: The hardest part is editing. I haven’t found the easy bit yet.
Me: Writing can be difficult at times, that's true. What genre do you place your books in?
Megan: The Tethering is a Young Adult fantasy novel.
Me: Cool! Anything else you'd like to tell your readers?
Megan: Please follow my author page and my publisher, Silence in the Library, on Facebook to stay up to date on The Tethering and my other upcoming works.
Me: And just so folks can find your wonderful stories, are there any links you'd like me to post?
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