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Interview with Megan Kelley Hall

November 9, 2008

Hi guys! Remember my amazing review for Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall? Well here’s an interview with the amazing author! My questions are in bold and the answers are in normal text. I truly recommend Sisters of Misery… if you’d like to read the review click here

You can catch Megan at her website (where the link to her e-mail is), blog, and MySpace.

 

Who is your favorite character from Sisters of Misery?

My favorite character is, of course, Cordelia. She is caring, brilliant, loyal, outspoken, eccentric, free-spirited, beautiful, independent and mysterious. She’s just the coolest.

 

How did you get the idea for Sisters of Misery?

I grew up right next to Salem and I wanted to write something like a modern day witch hunt involving teen girls. I also loved the idea of someone like Cordelia coming to a stuffy New England town and how she would (or wouldn’t) fit in. The story actually grew around the image of the “faces in the wall.” There’s a local legend in one of my neighboring towns that three kids were killed in a drunk driving accident and that their faces kept showing up on this old stone wall at the crash site. I’ve been haunted by that idea of the faces in the wall, which is why I built a story around it. (I just changed the faces and made them belong to women wrongly accused of witchcraft.)

 

Why do you think Trevor did what he did?

I think Trevor is a spoiled, obnoxious, arrogant jerk.  Sad to say, I’ve met a few Trevors in my lifetime. I’ve also met a few Kates.  Though, I made the characters MUCH worse than anyone I’ve ever encountered (thankfully!). Trevor only cares about himself and think that the world revolves around him and his wants and needs. I think everyone has met a “Trevor” at one point in their life.

 

Do you think Kate is ALL evil?

Yes, Kate is pure evil. But, I don’t think that she really had a choice. Her mother and sister were terrible people and I think that if she had been born under different circumstances (not as rich, not as spoiled, not as pretty, not as privileged), she may have turned out differently. But as I said before, I’ve met many girls like Kate.  I don’t know why, but girls can be much crueler (and scarier) than boys.

 

Who do you think Cordelia is most vengeful of out of all the characters in the book?

I think that Kate is Cordelia’s main target for revenge. But I also think she feels betrayed by Maddie, Rebecca and Abigail.

 

Was publishing Sisters of Misery a difficult task?

SISTERS started off as an adult fiction—about a woman going back to her hometown to find out the mystery behind her cousin’s disappearance, but my agent thought that it would be scarier to put Maddie in the situation as it happened. I think she was right! Definitely scarier! After several rejections as an adult novel, I ended up having a series of strokes, lost partial vision and had open heart surgery at 32 (all of this is a result of my childhood cancer and radiation treatment). During my recovery period, I realized that I needed to make my dream of becoming a published author a reality. I had already written for some magazines like Glamour, American Baby and Elle, but I didn’t have a book published.  So, over the next year I rewrote my book, got an agent, reworked my book again (and again!) and finally got a two-book deal with a big publisher. All of this happened within one year.

 

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I’ve always written weird short stories (I’m a big fan of the spooky story with lots of twists and turns) for as long as I can remember. When I was in the fourth grade, I wrote about strange creatures, people being followed by ghosts, reincarnation, all sorts of strange, spooky stuff.  In high school and college, I took every course on Shakespeare that I possibly could.  I loved gothic short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, William Faulkner and Nathanial Hawthorne. And then at Skidmore College, I studied Creative Writing with Steven Millhauser, who then went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. So, yes, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be a writer.

 

What is a normal day like for you?

It’s so super glamorous. I have Johnny Depp on speed dial, I go shopping with the cast of Gossip Girls, I trade parenting stories with Brad and Angelina over coffee.  Ha! I wish!! No, seriously, it’s not glamorous AT ALL! I love what I do and I love writing, but it’s very hard work and not as “cool” as I thought it would be. For some reason, I pictured myself as one of those über cool writers in coffee shops—you know the ones hunched over their laptops who trade fascinating stories with other writers—telling insider publishing jokes and basking in their fame.

My normal day is getting my daughter to kindergarten on time (not an easy task), running errands and doing household chores – ugh!, working for the literary publicity company I run with my mom and sister, trying to squeeze some writing in (I bring a notebook with me so that I can jot down ideas while I’m watching my daughter at the playground after school), answering emails (thank God for blackberries!), and hoping to have a spare twenty minutes to squeeze in a shower. So glamorous and cool, right?

 

Can you tell us what’s in store for The Lost Sister (11 months is too long of a wait!)?

Here’s the little teaser that is on the cover of book two. 

 

THE LOST SISTER

Some Secrets Won’t Stay Buried 

Sisters are born, not chosen…

Maddie Crane is grappling with the disappearance of Cordelia LeClaire, and trying to escape the grasp of The Sisters of Misery—an insidious clique of the school’s most powerful girls, whose pranks have set off a chain of horrific events, and who have Maddie in their sights… 

Beware the sister betrayed…

Now in a prestigious boarding school far away from her mysterious hometown of Hawthorne, Massachusetts, Maddie feels free from danger. But when an unmarked envelope arrives at her dorm containing a single ominous tarot card, Maddie realizes with terror that some secrets won’t stay buried. Knowing she must return to Hawthorne—a town still scarred by the evil of the Salem witch trials–Maddie prepares to face the fears of her past…and the wrath of the sister she wronged.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live and why?

I would live in Hawaii in a heartbeat. It’s truly Heaven on earth. Amazing! Now if I could just convince my husband…

 

If you could only choose one: to read books or to write books, which would you choose?

That’s like asking someone to choose between eating and sleeping. Both are essential to my life. Reading is a lot easier than writing, that’s for sure. But, when I’m reading, I get that insatiable urge to write. They really go hand in hand.

 

Thanks for taking the time to interview me for your blog! I hope that your readers enjoy SISTERS OF MISERY! Let them know that they can feel free to drop me an email or a note any time– I LOVE hearing from readers!!  Thanks so much, Vanessa!!

 

Have you read Sisters of Misery? What did you think? Are you excited for The Lost Sister? Is Megan the coolest or what? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall

September 28, 2008

Title: Sisters of Misery

Author: Megan Kelley Hall

Rating: ★★★★★

Number of Pages: 308

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2008

 

 

 

 

Contains: Mystery/Suspense, Drama, Relationships, Romance, Coming-Of-Age

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 10

Writing: 10

Wow Factor: 10

(WOW… PERFECT 10!)

Summary: Maddie Crane has the perfect last name, making it easy for her to be socially involved with the most powerful girls in school, the Sisters of Misery. However, she doesn’t have the perfect life. Her dad walked out on her and her mom when she was just a child, leaving behind financial problems. Abigail, her mother, sticks Maddie into every social situation she can, yet barely pays attention to her. Maddie gets the change of a lifetime when her aunt, Rebecca, and cousin, Cordelia, move into Hawthorne, MA with her, Abigail, and Maddie’s grandma Tess. Cordelia is beautiful, full of life, and adventurous. Maddie and Cordelia become best friends and that strains Maddie’s friendship with Kate, the meanest of the group, and the rest of the Sisters of Misery. The Sisters of Misery do not like this intruder to their small town and they want revenge. In a turn of events, Cordelia goes missing and no one knows where she could be. Can Maddie find her in time or is it too late? Maddie will have to piece together the mystery that is her town, its past with witchcraft, and the people she thinks are her friends in the race to find her beloved cousin.

My Review(spoiler-free!): What can I say? I’m in love with this book. It literally blew me away. Completely. Utterly. It was beautiful. It was scary. It gave me this feeling of fright, amazement, and a need to keep reading… I was still up at two in the morning just finishing it because I needed to know what would happen next, flowing from beginning to end. Maddie is understandable and probably my favorite character. Cordelia’s beauty and self-assuredness make Maddie braver and make her see her “friends” with new eyes… and opened up my eyes to what Maddie has had to be involved in since she was a little girl. I was suspicious all throughout the whole novel of what happened to Cordelia and who did it. The ending was astounding. I could not believe what I was reading. It all clicked then and made it all more amazing. All the characters were well-written and in depth. The writing was beautiful, Mrs. Kelley Hall really has a way with words. I wrote down many cool words I learned by reading this book… some include: decrepit, dilapidated, siphoned, Houdini, and tourniquet. I’d never read a mystery book so good. The plot was creative and something I’ve never read about. It was interesting and I think the witchcraft involved make it all that much better. The beginning of every chapter had a little insight of what that chapter was about and the gemstone that went with it so with that and the past chapters I was predicting and always coming out wrong. You can not predict this book, but what you can (and should do) is read it! I certainly loved it and can’t wait for the sequel… The Lost Sister!

My Thoughts(contains spoilers so please don’t read it unless you’ve read the book. I don’t want to spoil it for you!): Oh lord, this book was great. I could not figure out who Cordelia was romantically involved with. I had Reed, Finn, Kate, Trevor, everyone pinned to who took Cordelia and I was aghast to learn she’d left herself because of Abigail. The ending was like “wow wow wow” I just stared at my ceiling for like five minutes thinking about everything that went on in this book. I liked Reed but at the same time I didn’t. I kind of wanted Maddie to end up with Finn because he was so helpful at the asylum with Rebecca. I did not like Abigail one bit. She was just didn’t care about Maddie really. The things Rebecca planted were very mysterious and I tried to figure them out. Megan tricked me into thinking it was all these people and never really Abigail. Kate was evil; she was just so mean. She made everyone feel bad and I just wanted her to be the one disappearing. I think Trevor is a scum for raping Cordelia, but these characters were just the way they were because of their surroundings and their past. I just really loved this book and want everyone to read it and love it too.

 

Do you want to read this book? Have you read this book? What did you think? 

Stick around… an interview with Megan Kelley Hall (the author of this book) is coming up shortly!