Interview Author Megan Hart + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Megan Hart , The Geeky Lover Posted on June 21, 2011 @ 6:00 am 24 comments
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I’m very happy to welcome one of my all time favorite authors, Megan Hart here at Book Lovers Inc today. I have a shelf dedicated to her books and I treasure every single one of them. Megan’s newest novel, Collide is out in stores today and she is here today to tell us a bit about her work. My review of Collide can be found here.
Please give Megan a warm welcome and check out the giveaway at the end. 

BLI: Megan can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Megan: Sure! I was born in Pennsylvania and have lived here almost my entire life. I live in the woods but spend a lot of time at the Delaware shore. I love the beach! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’m so glad I’m able to make a go of it.
BLI: Many of your fans equate your stories with extraordinarily emotional reads about flawed people who enter into relationships that are very complex. Is there any specific event that triggers the ideas for your stories? Or does the muse strike at any time for you and you take note and build on it when the time is right?
Megan: Lots of people ask me if I write from real life, and the short answer is “Yes!” The longer answer is that everything that I see, hear, read, smell, taste, touch, experience or hear about other people experiencing…every conversation, every book, movie, random magazine article…every person I meet randomly at a party, a bar, a convention…all of that gets mixed into the blender in my head, and it gets churned up and comes out in different pieces that sometimes fit together to make a story.
BLI: What can we expect of Collide?
Megan: I hope readers will enjoy Collide for being a sexy, romantic story with a few twists along the way.
BLI: Emmaline is prone to fugue states, which in psychiatric terms is a Dissociative disorder. This type of condition basically causes a reversible amnesia which can be associated with travel or wondering. Can you tell readers a little more about Emm’s character and maybe expand on her condition?
Megan: Well…the premise for Collide came about from a late night conversation a friend and I had, about what we would do if we could go back in time and umm…become romantically involved…with someone from the past. Who would we pick, and why? The book started to form then, but I needed a reason for Emm to experience that time travel. I came up with the idea that she travelled mentally, rather than physically. (Unlike in say, The Time Traveler’s Wife, in which the time traveller physically moves through time in his actual body.) Once I decided it was going to be a mental shift, I needed to figure out a way for that to make sense. The brain is a strange and wonderful organ, and so much isn’t known about how it works. So I went with her having fugues, since they can’t really always diagnose brain injuries or their symptoms.
BLI: How did you come up with the medical condition Emm has to live with? It is rather rare. How did you research this topic?
Megan: I did a bit of online research and asked my medical consultant, but the bottom line is: I was writing about time travel. That’s not “real.” Brain injuries and diseases can cause many, many different symptoms and conditions — even the same diagnosis can show with very different symptoms and causes. So. Basically, as with most everything I write, I made it all up.
BLI: Johnny Dellasandro is a reclusive artist who sounds to have lived a somewhat hedonistic lifestyle in the 70’s. Emm becomes obsessed with Johnny and becomes involved with him 30 years in the past after experiencing one of her fugue states. Would you describe this novel as an erotic romance or an erotic time-travel fantasy? (Or maybe a little of both?)
Megan: I’d say it’s a bit of both. Collide, to me, is a very romantic story about two people whom the universe has thrown together, and nothing can keep them apart. They’re meant for each other, even before they know it.
BLI: Johnny is a very complex character. I really needed some time to get comfy with him. He is very distanced and aloof at first- for me it was hard to connect to someone you actually don’t know. Why did you decide for this approach for his character? To introduce him in such an indirect way?
Megan: Johnny in the “Now” has a lot to deal with. I mean, you’re talking about time travel. He already knows Emm before she even shows up and meets him — but to her, he’s a stranger. How would you feel about seeing the love of your life, and she doesn’t even know who you are?
BLI: What created the appeal of Johnny for Emm even though he’s not at all the charmer at first?
BLI: You know we have some HEA lovers in our staff and they want to know if they will get their HEA fix in Collide?
Megan: Absolutely!

BLI: You have written connected stories in the past, are you planning story that will be connected to Collide?

Megan: Collide is sort of connected to Broken (just a little) as well as sort of, kind of, a little bit, to my upcoming The Space Between Us. I don’t have plans at the moment to write a connecting book to Collide itself, but I’m sure I will.
BLI: You have penned novels in both first and third person. Do you have a preference?
Megan: Nope, I’m bi-viewpoint.
BLI: What can readers expect next from the desk of Megan Hart?
Megan: Hmm, tough one, since whatever I’m working on is not usually what will be out next. Umm…more…stuff?
BLI: Can you summarize Collide for us twitterstyle (140 characters or less)?
Megan: I cannot. I fail.
BLI: What did you always want to ask your reader? This is your chance!
Megan: I’d like to know: where’d you get that blouse? SO CUUUUUUTE!
BLI: Thank you, I know! (whispers H&M)


Megan generously offered a pack of swag to a lucky commenter and I will add a copy of Collide (or any other of her available books if you already have it).

All you have to do is leave a comment/question for Megan.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email address or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, July 2nd and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Karen H in NC June 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hi Megan,

    You are a new-to-me author and after getting acquainted with you here today, I'll be looking a little closer at your work. Thanks for an interest interview.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

  • page turner paulina June 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Summer is right around the corner and a good hot romance is just what I'm looking forward to reading. Collide sounds like a deep emotional story that I'm sure readers would throw themselves into the book!


    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes June 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for the contest.
    I have enjoyed a couple of your books and would love to read this one as well.
    Love to read emotional stories that make you care about its characters, and they are the books to be read again many times…*S*
    Thank you again for the contest!


  • Corinne June 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I LOVE Megan's books…"Switch" still remains my fav. "Collide" would be a great summer read. Glad to catch this interview & thanks BLI for the awesome contest..Good luck to everyone!!


  • Vidisha June 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Awesome giveaway!

    gfc follower

  • Lisa June 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    me & my hubby REALLY enjoy Megan's books. I think they are a great way to spend some adult time together when our son is asleep. I have not gotten my hands on Collide yet but would LOVE to! Sounds like the perfect beach/summer book.



  • Chele Blades June 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I sooo love Megan Harts books…i really enjoy how she usually has a character in the wings that becomes a main character in an upcoming novel…then they all kinda blend together whether happily or not…just depends…love the real life feel to all the characters (flaws and life changing mistakes)

    thanks for the giveaway

    respectfully a fan

  • shadow_kohler June 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    what an awesome giveaway! i love megans books. i cant wait to get this one. 🙂 thank you for the book giveaway!

  • Estella June 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I love Megan's books!

    Your covers are beautiful. Who does them?

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • GeishasMom73 June 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I'm not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to say that I read Collide over the weekend and LOVED it! I really loved the ending of the book (don't worry – no spoilers). I read it in one sitting because I had to find out how everything would be wrapped up.

    Congrats on the release of Collide Megan!

  • Anonymous June 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    It's reviews and interviews like this one that make reading book blogs so dangerous…to my wallet. I'm off to get some Megan Hart backlist.

    (Waves to Megan from Maryland – not far from the MD/PA state line.)

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  • JenM June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This book sounds really interesting to me. I'm not a fan of physical time travel in books, but the idea of mental time travel is very intriguing. I'll definitely have to check it out.

    jen at delux dot com

  • Jen B. June 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love the cover of Collide. It's sort of dreamy. I think it is so interesting that the heroine has fugue states. What a different twist. Megan Hart is such a great author. Her books are so full of emotion.

  • Birgit June 22, 2011 at 2:46 am

    This is fascinating – I had no idea such medical conditions exist! There must have gone an awful lot of reserach into this book, which btw sounds really intriguing!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Tore June 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Thanks Megan for the interview. I am looking forward to reading your books.Please enter me in contest.

  • Jess June 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win the goodies and a copy of Collide. It sounds like a great read.

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous June 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Megan! It's Pam from (Allentown) PA here, stopping by to say 'hello'. I was thrilled to see that you have a new book out! I can't wait to grab this one. I love a good time travel. I agree with all of these other lovely ladies, it sounds like the perfect summer read.

    -Pamela J.

  • samantha35 June 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    great giveaway
    follow via gfc

    Love Megan's books- cant wait to read this one!

  • ClaudiaGC June 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Love Megan's books! And her covers are always so hot and tasteful!

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Natalija June 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Greetings from Italy & thank you for the wondeful interview.

    Megan, what type of books do you like to read? Is there someone who inspires you?

    natalija (dot) shkomare (at) gmail (dot) com

  • -petit June 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I read some short stories by Megan and I love it! I really want to read Broken and Collide! They seem to be a great reading.


  • BooksforCompany June 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Oh l have my fingers crossed for this giveaway!! One l would LOVE to win, so want to read this book and definitely will look out for others by Megan.
    Thank you
    booksforcompany @

  • JessS June 28, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Okay, I haven't read any of your books before but they sound good, especially the complex characters. I was wondering which of your books you would recommend to me, or anyone who hasn't read your work before? Or do you have a favourite?
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Tatiana L. July 3, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thank you the giveaway!
    Has she ever thought about having her books translated into other languages?


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