daynight by Megan Thomason
Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.
Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.
Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.
Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.
“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)
“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review
“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer
“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer
“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer
“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer
“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer
“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer
“It’s like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer
“I’m a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn’t have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer
Me: Thank you for giving us the honor to chat with you. May you please tell us something about yourself?
I’m a happily married, mother of five who loves to write and read. Daynight is my fourth written book, but first published book.
Me: What inspired you to write this book?
As I hiked through the canyons of San Diego on an unusually hot day, I wondered what would happen if temperatures were so extreme that days and nights had to be switched. This was the impetus for Thera, the main setting for daynight. Quickly, Thera became a fully inverted Earth, with not only days and nights switched, but land and sea, direction of the sun, etc. I researched the extreme temperatures would have on the environment and what a society would have to do to adapt to it. Even the lingo was affected… Monnight, Tuesnight, etc.; daygowns instead of nightgowns; daymares and more… I had a lot of fun with it.
As for The Second Chance Institute, benevolent non-profit on Earth by day and totalitarian ruler on Thera by night, and their unusual agendas and methods… these are all products of my very warped mind.
Me: Is being a writer your dream profession?
Writing is a lot of hard work! I’ve always worked hard, so don’t mind the long hours and sleepless nights (previously, I had a very successful career in the software industry, which also required a big time commitment). I love immersing myself in my story, world and lives of my characters. Seeing my story take shape the way I envisioned is extremely rewarding. The flexibility of writing at home, in the car waiting to pick kids up from school, or wherever I am is a huge bonus. Despite all the perks, I’d probably say being a mother to my kids and wife is my dream profession :).
Me: I am a new writer and blogger and I am interested to know about author’s writing environment. Do you prefer writing in pen and paper or in computer?
I write on my 11” MacBook Air laptop in a program called Scrivener. Scrivener allows me to fully outline and plot my story, scene by scene; store notes and research; and compile electronic and paperback copies of my book. When I don’t have immediate access to my laptop, I furiously type notes into my phone.
Me: When you want to take a breather from writing, what do you usually do?
Spend time with my husband and kids. Read. Lots of volunteer work (producing and fundraising for my daughters’ theatre group; community service; church service). Projects—from random (miniatures or world class weapons collection) to useful (plan community Christmas party or a summer girls’ camp). I love hiking, but there’s not as much in San Diego as there was back in Washington where we moved from.
Me: We have agreed and accepted that all writers are also readers. What are the books currently in your nightstand?
Too many to list completely! I read all books electronically on my phone. I just finished re-reading Brave New World. I am amidst a re-read of The Handmaid’s Tale, am reading a sample of Vain; reading The Moon Dwellers and then have at least 50 sequels from series downloaded and ready to read, dozens of samples of promising new books, and a lot of books I started the samples, but didn’t like, so didn’t finish. I read more than 600 books in the last year. My 50+ favorites are listed here: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3493195-my-favorite-books-of-2012.
Me: Who are your literary influences?
George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Jane Eyre, J.R.R. Tolkein, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Anne Frank, Suzanne Collins, John Steinbeck, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, William Golding, E.L. Konigsburg, Lois Lowry to name a few…
Me: If you could be a literary character who would you be and why?
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit. I’d have big hairy feet, live a cool house in a hill with a round door, get to adventure with Gandalf the Wizard, meet Gollum and steal ‘my precious’, and fight a dragon. And live to tell about it! Sounds like quite the adventure! Plus, I’d have a movie coming out this year about me… (Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games would be a close second… get the boy with the bread, be good at archery, take down two evil regimes. I only hesitate because I’d have to kill a lot of kids and that would seriously mess up my happily ever after.)
Me: Any current/future projects?
I’m targeting a summer release for the sequel to daynight, arbitrate. It would be hard to give any teasers forarbitrate without giving spoilers for daynight, but suffice it to say that there will be just as many surprises, twists and turns. Readers will get to see a lot more of Thera, as well as get to know the main characters and a couple key secondary characters a whole lot better :).
In addition to the daynight series, I’m working on B*Lies, a story about a girl who makes the decision to run from her abusive father. If time permits, I’ll also do a re-write on the romantic comedy trilogy I wrote prior to daynight: the thin veil, the thin line, and thin skin. Although I love the stories and characters, I’d want to get the writing up to my current standards before publishing.
Me: What can you advice to those aspiring writers?
Read! If every author read every book in their genre (or at least the highly rated ones), there would be a lot less rehashed stories, better writing, and fresh concepts.
Plot! Certainly, there have been some successful books written off the cuff, but to have good pacing, story development, character development, building of tension, etc. it typically takes good plotting.
Flexibility! Revise, revise, revise. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Don’t get so stuck on your initial concept that you reject an even better idea.
Edit! Editing is hard. I typically go through my book over a hundred times, looking for something different each pass.
Proofread! Yes, I list this separately from editing. Have someone (or even better, many someones)—other than you—someone with a sharp eye and very keen grasp of the English language, proofread your book. The brain compensates for missing words, extra words, etc. and they are very hard to find. If problems are found after publishing, fix and update.
Work hard! If you thought the writing was time-consuming and hard, promoting your book takes as much, if not more time.
Start writing the next one. Your chances increase exponentially of having a ‘hit’, the more offerings you have.
Just for fun.
1. Forest or beach? Beach
2. Coffee or tea? Herbal tea
3. Cats or dogs? Cats (if you met our dogs, you’d be a cat person, too ;))
4. M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms
5. Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke
6. Printed books or e-books? E-books
8. Buses or trains? Trains
Author Megan Thomason
Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.
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