Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Interview with Megan Frazer

MEGAN FRAZER'S Book is here!

Secrets of Truth & Beauty tells about Dara Cohen who, when she was little, was crowned Little Miss Maine. That was then. Now Dara's seventeen and she's not so little anymore. That's just one of her many problems. Another is that her control-freak mom won't get off her case about anything. Yet the one that hurts the most is the family secret: Dara has an older sister her parents tried to erase from their lives.

So what do we know about this author?

Megan Frazer studied English literature and creative writing at Columbia University. She lives with her husband and baby in Maine, where she is a high school librarian. She loves cheese and cooking, and both of these make their way into Secrets of Truth & Beauty. She was not, however, ever in a beauty pageant.

I wanted to know a bit more about Megan--you know some secret scoop on the author. So here's my not-so-brilliant questions. Megan did her best to make them sparkle. Thanks, Megan.

Of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?

Oh wow, this is a tough one. I love authors who are able to create these amazing worlds that are similar to but different than our own, like Roald Dahl or Madeleine L'Engle. I'm going to choose an adult book, though: The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. I think it's fantastic that you're reading along, thinking this is your average coming-of-age tale, and then all of a sudden, no big fanfare, the boys can fly.

I love those surprises in books. A touch of Magic, right? On to my second not-so-brilliant, but interesting (?) question. What fictional character do you wish you could be?

Even harder. The problem is that with most fictional characters, there's something wrong, right, or else why write about them? I guess if forced to choose, I would go with Virginia Woolf's Orlando, because she got to experience life through so many centuries -- and as a man.

(Incidentally, I hear that Orlando Bloom was named for this character -- it's just a sign of our cosmic connection that it's my favorite book.)

Yes, Cosmic with a capital C, Megan.

Now here' s a real inside scoop question. After chocolate what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?

Ice cream.

Thanks so much, Megan. And to all of you who want to find out the Secrets of Truth & Beauty go to Amazon and buy your copy today.

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