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Tricia: Hi Maegan. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Maegan: I currently live in Texas with my husband, Brian (love you, babe!) We have a dog and two cats, and they are most definitely our kids. I work at a call center handling Emergency Road Side Assistance. I am double majoring in Psychology and English. Celine is my first book and I am so excited to see it finally becoming a reality.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Maegan: When I was really young. I am a much better writer than I am speaker, so I often write to express my feelings. I think I wrote the most in high school. I hung out with the artsy/ creative crowd and they were the push to write more often.
Tricia: Who are the Night Touched and how do they differ from normal vampires?
Maegan: Oh my favorite question! Night Touched were created by the First Born (the first vampire) to create the bloodlines from which all modern day vampires come from. They are more human than a normal vampire, which allows them to blend in to the human world. Each Night Touched has a mark that appears in a different place on their body. Harper’s appears on her chest above her heart. Celine’s appears on her wrist. Their marks glow different colors which gives insight to what kind of person they were before they died. For example, Harper’s mark is purple, which means that she was well grounded and balanced. She is compassionate and sensitive. That's all I can really say without giving a lot away.
Tricia: Tell us about Harper Kemp and the challenges she faces.
Maegan: Harper is our lovely protagonist. She believes that she is the only modern Night Touched in existence and she has learned to accept it. Without giving a lot away, Harper learns about Celine, another Night Touched, and she has to rescue her from The Slayers. Along the way, Harper falls in love and she has to make some pretty difficult decisions about it.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for The Night Touched Chronicles?
Maegan: It started as a story I had written called What Else is There? When Tori approached me about the idea of publishing, I really wanted to make of that story. I decided to take that story apart, and after a lot of reworking and fleshing out the rough parts, I had Celine.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing Celine?
Maegan: I am not great with details, but I am kick ass with dialogue (most of the time.) I had to make myself sit down and show the story instead of telling it, if that makes sense. I also get easily distracted and when you spend hours on Skype with your best friend, nothing gets done.
Tricia: What is your vision for the Night Touched Chronicles as a whole?
Maegan: I want Harper to get back to her place of serenity and acceptance, like where she was at the beginning of Celine. Granted, she was getting bored with the socialite scene, and I don’t know that she would go back, but that simple peace of being okay with who she is and the cards that she’s been dealt.
Tricia: What songs/artists are on the playlist for your book?
Maegan: It changes depending on the chapter, really. I created a playlist on Spotify called “Writing Playlist” and it is some of the most random music. My go to songs are “Your Biggest Mistake” and “Human” by Ellie Goulding. “Your Biggest Mistake” has become the unofficial theme for Celine.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Maegan: If you have a story in your head, write it. Self-publishing has made getting your book out there so easy and attainable that there is no reason for you not to do it. I would love to see all of you achieve your goal just like I have achieved mine!!
Celine is available on Kindle and will soon be in paperback as well. You can also visit Maegan on her blog. If you leave a comment on her most recent VLOG, you might win a prize!!!