Hello, peeps! Today I am interviewing Meradeth Houston, author of Colors Like Memories. Let's dive in, shall we?
Me: Welcome to the blog! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. To start off, tell us a bit about your book.
Meradeth: A bit about the Colors Like Memories:
Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.
Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.
Me: Is this your debut work?
Meradeth: This is my debut! However, my second book in the Sary books will be available next April! The title is currently The Chemistry of Fate.
Me: How long did this book take you, from draft one to ready to submit?
Meradeth: I honestly have lost track on how long it took, total! A very, very long time. The first draft practically wrote itself, but then revisions probably took the better part of a year, I think.
Me: As an author, who has influenced your work the most?
Meradeth: Lots of people have influenced me: authors like Madeline L'Engle especially. My critique partners, and beta's especially, have also had a huge impact on my writing. We all need our support when it comes to writing, and they have certainly been mine.
Me: Random question time: If your main character was marooned on a desert island, what three items would s/he wish to be stranded with and why?
Meradeth: If Julia was stuck on a desert island, hmm, well, she can fly so assuming for some reason she's stuck, she'd have her necklace from Derek, a good book, and probably something practical like a tarp or blanket.
Me: Here's my favorite question to ask authors: "Do you believe in the dreaded Writer's Block?" If so, how do YOU get past it?
Meradeth: I do believe people can get stuck while writing, or just burnt out. I've had it happen. For me, what I need to do is figure out which is which: am I tired and need a break, or am I just stuck? The former requires a break, the second, just getting my butt in the chair and writing something, anything, so the words are flowing again!
Me: Care to tell us anything about your current work-in-progress?
Meradeth: My WIP is the third Sary book, and incidentally, a re-write of the first book I ever wrote!
Me: And last but not least: Do you have any words of wisdom for new and aspiring authors?
Meradeth: I'd have to say: read, a lot. Write, a lot. And be sure to have fun with what you're doing--because if it's not fun, then why do it?
Thanks so much for hosting me today Beth!
About the author: Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
-She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
-When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
-She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
-If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.