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Adventures in Authoring May 4, 2018

As I type this blog, I am sitting on my tour bus seat with my computer perched on my lap. (Don’t tell my chiropractor). During the seven months of tour, this seat has been my bed, my office, my sofa, my kitchen.

The thing is, if I didn’t have a writing career, if I were just being a full time actor and living a leisurely tour life, I would have so much time to read and play. But I have an author career to maintain. I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Smashing all my time into writing when I’m not eating and sleeping is a worth the sacrifice.

Generally, I wake up, crawl my way onto the bus, and sleep through quiet hours. Then it’s time for lunch, during which I work on managing my social media accounts. Afternoon on the bus is writing and editing time. Get to the hotel at 3:30-ish, work/swim if there’s a pool, scrounge for dinner. Get on the bus to go to the venue at 5:15-ish. Get to the theatre, cram writing work in between meetings, sound check, and the show. Get back to the hotel at 10:45-ish. Work until about 2am. Go to bed. Start the whole process over bright an early the next morning.

There are times where variations happen. If we’re in a city for more than a day, I can sneak away for a few hours if there’s a hiking trail available. If there’s a really great brewery, I’ll sacrifice a bit of my word count to sample the local brews. But really it’s a lot of time pushing through to get things done.

But it’s worth it because by the end of this tour I will have
Released two books:

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, #2)

The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)

Edited one project to turn in: (more…)

 

A Wrinkle in Summer March 23, 2018

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The summer after my senior year of high school was terrible. After spending a million hours a week dancing in preparation for college auditions, I ended up with two stress fractures in my shin. I was condemned to three months on crutches. Worse than just crutches, with orders to move as little as possible to rest my other, slightly less damaged shin.

My sister took some time off to stay with me and literally sit on me on the few occasions I tried to get to the bathroom unassisted. The only things that saved me were Dawson’s Creek reruns and Madeline L’Engle.

The local library had her full set of books, and I tore through all of them. And not just the Wrinkle in Time series. I got to be good friends with the Austins and the O’Keefes too. There was something about her writing style that was so simple and so mythical. You were never talked down to, but you knew everything that was happening. From visiting ice caps to traveling to strange planes, I always knew I could count on Madeline L’Engle for an amazing adventure.

To this day when people ask who my favorite authors are, Madeline L’Engle is always on the list.

But…I still haven’t seen the new movie. I’m just too scared. (more…)

 

A Taste Test February 23, 2018

It’s taste testing time.

No, sadly I don’t have virtual cookies to share, because that would be awesome. I’ve books.

I took the plunge and set up an Instafreebie account! Now you can download samples from The Girl Without Magic, Girl of Glass, and How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

It’s like a free sample of bourbon chicken at the mall. Come on, try a little. You know you’ll like it.

But in all seriousness, I’m really excited to try a new platform for reaching out to readers. Sometimes being an author is like screaming into the void, and any chance you have at connecting to other readers and even fellow authors is so amazing. It makes you feel less like a crazy person glued to your laptop and more like a human being telling stories as a way of contributing to society.

So please check out the links, grab your taste test, and if you have a moment, share with your friends.

After all, who doesn’t like free?

Girl of Glass: https://instafreebie.com/free/eJs9j
The Girl Without Magic: https://instafreebie.com/free/1QAlp
How I Magically Messed Up My Life…: https://instafreebie.com/free/t8BEH

thumbnail_Get Hooked on the book

 

A Burning Legend December 14, 2016

You know those family legends that get passed down, and you know the core of them, but the details get fuzzy? Well this is one of those.

My great-uncle or Dad’s second cousin or something like that, liked to blow fire. It was a party trick that he liked to show off, and I guess he was pretty decent at it. Well, he worked in garage and one day decided to show off for his buddies and blow fire in the garage. He didn’t have booze, so he decided to use gasoline…

Well, gasoline burns much faster than drinking alcohol. So, the fire raced down his throat and burned the inside of his stomach!

All pretty tragic, but he actually survived and ended up in the hospital. When he was finally allowed to go home, they gave him strict orders not to eat any solid food. (more…)

 

The Privilege of Compassion December 6, 2016

My new YA mid-apocalyptic sci-fi Girl of Glass is now available in eBook and paperback!

If you’re a person who reads, you’ve probably read a dystopian novel. From Hunger Games to Divergent, Lord of the Flies to Maze Runner we’ve seen plagues, corrupt governments, and all sorts of suffering as the world crumbles. But we always seem to look up from the bottom.

The stories of the end of our world are told from the point of view of the bottom. Those who suffer, starve, and bleed. Who fight for every scrap of food and wonder each night if they’ll live to see morning. The ones who the tumbling governments have chosen to abuse or experiment on.

But what would the end of order look like from the top? If you were one of the chosen one percent who were meant to survive, how would you view the decaying world?

Would you be like the rich in the Capital of Panem, seeing the poor as little more than animals that can be killed for entertainment? Would you be a doctor and create a terrible maze to study the ill?

Magnolia Kent can’t stand to see either of those terrible things happen.

girl-of-glass-coverTwo worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

Now Available:         Amazon         Barnes & Noble         iBooks         Kobo

 

Looking at a dystopian world from the point of view of privileged compassion is what began the story of Girl of Glass. What are the moral implications of the survivors? How much pain can you ignore and still call yourself human? But compassion is costly, and when the world is being driven into darkness, touching the shadows comes at a terrible price. Those are the choices Nola Kent has to make.

What would you choose? How much suffering would you be able to watch if you knew you could stay safely away from it? Could you lose the compassion that defines us as humans in order to preserve the human race?

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell

Girl of Glass

by Megan O’Russell

Giveaway ends December 16, 2016.

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BookQuity October 18, 2016

I have a literary agent! I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary!!

For those of you who don’t know why I so desperately wanted a literary agent, I have books out and am scheduled for two more series to be released. Think of it in theatre terms. It’s like going Equity, minus all those things that make me not want to join Equity, but that’s a different post.

In the book world, there are a lot of publishers that you can’t even submit to without an agent. It doesn’t matter if your manuscript is exactly what they’re looking for. No agent, no submission. But with an agent, not only do you get a person who is in your corner, but you can also submit to the big houses. You can get seen first by smaller presses. You have someone to negotiate your contracts. You are BookQuity.

I am BookQuity.

 

News and Ideas! September 9, 2016

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Bum ba da dum bum ba bummmmm!

The news is officially official! I have signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for a new series! The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days is set to be released in summer 2017!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide.

And I’ve had a brilliant idea for the release of the next book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound. (more…)