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Q+A with Meradeth Houston
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Meradeth: I began writing when I was around 11. I was reading a book I really enjoyed (one of Madeline L’Engles’) and couldn’t get the world out of my head. Somehow the whole idea of “wait, I could write about this!” took root, and that got me started. My own stories, very different from what I was writing, came shortly thereafter.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Meradeth: I’ve always loved the conflict of the normal world with the “other.” Something different that forces people to take a step back and contemplate what they’re seeing, and why that might be strange to them. Paranormals, with their mix of the real world with supernatural creatures, does this perfectly, and I can’t get enough!
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Meradeth: Oh, flying, for sure! Growing up in California has forever left me hating traffic, and I’d much rather fly somewhere! Plus, did you see those awesome flying scenes in Maleficent? Who doesn’t want to do that?
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Meradeth: Because it’s action packed, has some seriously swoon-worthy twins (well, the non-evil one at least!), and has a main character that they will have a great time getting to know. Plus, her best friend is amazing!
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Meradeth: Oh, I’m always so terrible at this! Haha! I don’t know actors very well, I hate to admit. Plus, finding real people who look like those who you know perfectly in your head is always tricky! Anyhow, I think I’ll have to go with:
Gabby: Shailene Woodley makes a pretty close match. I love her girl-next-door look, and if her hair was a bit wavier, she’d be close enough!
Jassen: Godfrey Gao. Because he’s some serious kinds of hot!
Beatrice (Bea): a younger Ashley Greene would be great, mainly because she shares the high energy spunk that Bea has.
Nathan: Zack Roerig would make a great former-roommate for Gabby. The two have been at odds for a very long time…until Nathan starts getting interested in Bea, which leads to some interesting situations!
Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston.
Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.
When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
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