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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Back by Popular Demand November 5, 2018

I’ve got big news!

The Girl Without Magic sale went so well, we’ve decided to do it again.

This week only, you can download your copy of this Young Adult fantasy novel for $0.99!

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You can purchase your $0.99 copy by clicking here!

If you’ve ever thought of purchasing one of my books, now is the time. Not only would you be getting a great deal, you’d also be helping my book to climb the sales charts where it can be found by other readers. I’ll be tracking the sales throughout the week, and I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.

And if $0.99 isn’t in the budget right now, (we’ve all been there, believe me), then I have some more great news for you! I’m working on finishing up a new short story that will be available as a free download this December.

(The news about the downloads comes through my newsletter. Click here so you can join the list to make sure you don’t miss my story and to be the first to receive updates on free and discounted works by other amazing authors.)

And I have eARCs now available for reviewers for book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams: Seven Things Not to Do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You.

So many author things going on this week!

And I have a great story to tell you for this week’s regularly-scheduled blog post, so basically I’m the most excited kid in town. And I don’t think it has too much to do with discount Halloween candy.

 

My Bio October 23, 2018

As an actor and author, I have to write a lot of bios.

Some, like for kid’s shows, are super easy.

Megan is thrilled to be on stage again. Her favorite animal is the narwhal, and her favorite food is ice cream.

Then there’s normal show bios where you have like two-hundred words to sound impressive so you go for:

Megan is thrilled to be a part of shmanky schmoo production. Previous credits include: Blah, blah, blah, blah. Am I impressive yet? Blah, blah. Love to my husband.

But the real kicker is the author bio. Sometimes you have about one-hundred words, so all you can do is list your books and say who your agent is and you’re done.

But sometimes they want you to fill a whole page so the reader can really get to know you. This, my friends, is dangerous. It’s all about balancing honesty with interest.

I’m going to list my books, that’s a given. I’ll put in a tagline about my work as a playwright and lyricist. I’ll probably toss in a bit about being a professional performer because, for some reason, people think that’s super cool and glamorous. (I agree with the cool, but the glamorous is a lie performers like to keep up. Really we’re just sweaty messes wondering when our costumes can be washed and where the nearest ice pack is, but whatever. It’s nice to believe that fake eyelashes and sequins really do make us fancy.) (more…)

 

In Re the Rut October 12, 2018

I’m not good at being in between projects. I lose track of productivity and get less done than when I’m horribly overworked.

I sent two manuscripts to my agent, sent a proof to my publisher, rehearsed and opened a massive show, and am about to open a second show, and I have no idea what writing project to work on next.

I have things I could do but nothing that anyone is asking me to do. There is no deadline. I have no tether to my time. I don’t know when the last time was that I didn’t have some author thing I had to be working on with every spare moment.

I’ve been on a book binge. If you haven’t read Throne of Glass, I highly recommend the series. It’s been keeping me up reading way too late at night and helping fill the void where work should be.

I’m working on the script for another Children’s show, and the first is being rehearsed for its very first production, which is super exciting!

So I guess that’s what I’ll do, dive into the script and lyrics and see where that goes. Maybe edit a new short story to give away to my mailing list subscribers from my author site. Maybe… I have no idea.

I’ll find a project to hold my focus soon.

Or binge read every book in Barnes and Noble. One or the other.

 

Tons of News! July 24, 2018

I have all the news!

No, literally, so much to talk about.

I have officially signed a six-book contract with Curiosity Quills Press that includes:

Book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams:

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Currently titled Seven Things Not to do When Everyone is Trying to Kill You, scheduled for release in April 2019.

Book two in The Chronicles of Maggie Trent:

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Currently titled The Girl Locked With Gold, scheduled for release in December 2019.

And… Drumroll Please!

Starting in 2020, The Tethering series will be rereleased!

I am so thrilled to have The Tethering going back out into the world, and to continue the adventures of Bryant Adams and Maggie Trent.

A huge thanks to all of you who have read my books and continue to come hang out on Life Beyond Exaggeration. It has been a pleasure to share the madness of being an author with all of you, and I am so excited to continue the journey.

 

Post Bus Life June 26, 2018

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I’ve been off the road and back from my adventure for almost three weeks.

That’s a really long time to be sleeping in the same bed, which is a really weird thing to say. I’m getting back into the swing of life with Oz 5000 open and life moving forward on the literary front. But I have noticed a few things that are super weird since getting off the bus.

Food. Fridges are a miraculous thing! You can put so much food in them, and when you come back the next day, you still have food! It’s amazing.

Also fantastic: having a washer and dryer in your house. I can have clean underwear whenever I want! What a thrill! (more…)

 

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane! May 20, 2018

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The national tour of The Wizard of Oz will enjoy its closing night performance in less than an hour, and then tomorrow it’s off to Europe for two weeks!

If you need to contact me in the meantime, please head over to my author website’s contact page and shoot me a message!

Also, to follow the trip awesomeness, head over to the following social media sites!
Megan on Facebook
Megan on Twitter
Megan on Instagram

 

Reading Reviews May 8, 2018

There are a lot of similarities between acting and authoring. The love of storytelling, artistic nature of the endeavor, the constant threat of rejection… and reviews.

Reviews as an actor have never really bothered me. You win some, you lose some, but at the end of the day, you have to do the show the director set to the best of your ability. Altering your performance to fit a review is horribly unprofessional, so you soldier on and keep your chin up.

It’s a little different for books. The book is out there, and there really isn’t anything you can do. Unless there are semi-colons mid-word (as was found in a big name book that will remain nameless), in which case your publisher has to scramble to send a new version out into the world, the book is the book.

But you’re working so independently on your books; you could let the review pressure trickle into your work. Declaring that you’re never going to use a love triangle again, you will avoid writing on all social issues, or banning magic from your books are easy traps to fall into.

I know a lot of authors refuse to read any reviews of their work, and I get it; avoiding psychological damage is important. (more…)