Saturday, March 18, 2017

0 Meghan Rogers, author of ENEMY EXPOSURE, on trusting herself, her work, and the people around her

We are delighted to have Meghan Rogers, author of ENEMY EXPOSURE, share intel with us about the second book in The Raven Files.

Meghan, what was your inspiration for writing ENEMY EXPOSURE?

I got a lot inspiration for this book from watching Orphan Black (which is a show about clones, in case you haven’t seen it). One of my favorite aspects of the show is the relationship between the clones. They’re all connected because of this thing that happened to them. I loved the character dynamics that came with that. I was rewatching the show when I realized I have Jocelyn in a very similar situation. She was kidnapped by KATO, but she wasn’t the only they’d taken. So what would happen if she could get to other girls who were taken like she had been? They would be connected by this extreme shared experience, but they would all be very different. What advantages and problems would that create? Will it be helpful to her, or detrimental? These are the questions I set out to explore.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

This book taught me a lot about trust. It usually takes me about four drafts before I have a book I feel good enough about to pass on to my editor. This book took me six. I don’t know why it took me six, but it did. I usually build in down time in between drafts so I can take time away from the project and get perspective, but I didn’t have time for that with this book. I had to trust myself, my work, and the perspectives of the people around me. And I can honestly say I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

My ideal writing environment is either at Panera or outside. Working at home tends to be very unproductive for me—I get too easily distracted by TV and the Internet. Plus leaving the house gives me a sense of urgency—at some point I have to go home or go inside. The fact that I don’t have all day keeps me going. I don’t listen to music—either quiet or ambient noises seem to work best. But I’ve also written in cars and with music too, so I guess when it comes down to it, I can write anywhere if I have to!


Enemy Exposure
by Meghan Rogers
Philomel Books
Released 3/14/2017

A spy and action thriller featuring a teenage girl who kicks butt and outsmarts with the best of them. To accomplish her mission, though, she'll need to team up with those she trusts the least in this latest Raven File case.

Jocelyn Steely (code name: Raven) may have escaped the clutches of KATO and won the trust of the IDA, but she isn’t out of danger yet. Her cover is blown and KATO agents are after her, but that won’t stop Jocelyn. After all, her goal was never merely to escape KATO. She wants revenge.

Dead set on rescuing the one girl that she—and the IDA—failed to save, Jocelyn is forced to recruit other KATO agents to her side. She must hand over just enough intelligence to gain their trust, while still preventing her plans from getting back to her former tormentors. Is she out of her league in this battle? Or does she have what it takes to derail KATO once and for all?

This high-stakes spy thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final mind-blowing revelation.

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Meghan Rogers has been telling stories since she could talk and writing creatively since she was first introduced to the concept in third grade. She spent her high school years completing her first novel and has been actively writing ever since. After college, Meghan went on to work with high school writers while earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is currently living in Philadelphia area and working on the next Raven Files novel.


Have you had a chance to read ENEMY EXPOSURE yet? Did you enjoy the new approach Meghan brought to Jocelyn's character? Do you or have you had trust issues with your writing? What did you do to learn trust? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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