Stupendous News!

Drum roll please!!!! I officially have a literary agent!! Huzzah! I am now represented by the fabulous Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary Agency!

I am so thrilled!

Not going to lie, it was a long road. Like worse than Dorothy trying to get to Oz long. Worse than a Rick Grimes trying to get to Atlanta with a pack of walkers chasing him kind of long road. But I made it! And there will be more excitement to come. I’ve had wonderful opportunities so far with The Tethering Series, Girl of Glass, and Nuttycracker Sweet. I’ve signed a great contract for The Tale of Bryant Adams to be released next year. Things were going well. Lots of fingers in different pies, lots of opportunities being seized. There’s just something in having an agent say, “I believe in your career (because the new expectation is that I will, in fact, have one), and I want to invest my time and expertise in you.”

The best part is I had this idea in my head that I wanted an agent by my last birthday. I knew it was a long shot since some authors try to find an agent for years and years upon soul crushing years, but it was a dream. The day before my birthday I got the contract offer for The Tale if Bryant Adams. No literary agent offer, but it was something to keep me from crying on my birthday cake. Continue reading

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Braiding the Plot

Have you ever hiked a braided river?

No? Well let me tell you, it’s rather like writing a book as a pantser.

For those of you who don’t know the crazy writer lingo, a plotter is someone who knows exactly what she wants to happen in every chapter of the book before she starts writing. A pantser is someone who writes by the seat of her pants. I know where I want the story to begin, I know where I want it to end, and there are a few compass points along the way. Then I just let it go and write.

It’s twisty and turny, and sometimes you end up in a tunnel and you just have to be like, cool, I’m in a tunnel. Hope they make it out alive.

Because if your characters who were supposed to make it to the end of the story as triumphant survivors die tragically in the tunnel, you have to make a decision. Do you want to let them die, deal with the consequences, which will probably involve coming up with a whole new justification and plot for the end of your story, or do you want to backtrack until you find the moment when the tunnel entered the story. Even if that entrance was a hundred pages ago as a mere mention of the sound of stepping on a hollow section of earth.

Now we can go back to the braided river analogy.


This is a braided river. A simple-looking gravel riverbed with braids of streams cutting through it. Sometimes six inches wide, sometimes an impassable six feet. And like a chess game, you have to plot six moves ahead if you want to keep moving ahead. Continue reading

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The Final Reading

So, I know I promised I would tell you my super exciting news. But not yet… The time has not yet come.

But there are other really exciting things going on!

The release for third book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound, is imminent. And while waiting for the release, I’ve been busy working on the fourth and final book in the series, currently titled The Blood Heir. The first draft is done, the first revisions finished, it’s gone to the constant Beta reader, and now it’s time for my favorite part of edits. The bit where I make my husband read the whole book aloud to me.

I know. I have the most tolerant husband in the world.

And I don’t just love read-aloud because I get to sit near my husband and listen to his wonderful actor voice say all the words I wrote. Continue reading

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Safety Shoes

So, many exciting things have happened this week. But I can’t really talk about the excitement of the week. But I really want to tell you all the things.

Umm… right now I’m rehearsing for a show, and I have fancy gold shoes.

Shoes are a good, safe topic.

So, I leave you with a picture of my torn and tattered fancy show shoes with the hope that next week I will be able to tell you a great story!


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Begin Begin!

In less than three months Girl of Glass will be released!! Ahhh!!

I know three months probably sounds like a whole lot of time, and really it is. I’ll have opened and closed a show and opened another before it’s time for the book release. My little baby nephew might have learned words by then. But still it’s a-coming, and preparations have begun!

At this point, it’s really just working on blog posts for the eventual blog tour.

(For the blogger peeps reading: the signup for the blog tour hasn’t gone up yet, and I will definitely share it on here and on my Facebook page when the time comes.)

The trouble with a blog tour is that you’re writing a whole bunch of posts about the same book. Continue reading

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Announcements and Impending Chaos!

I have news, and I can finally share it!

I signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide. Continue reading

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Scathing Success!

I’ve had a scathingly brilliant idea. Well, really my husband had the seed of an idea; I took it and turned it into a vast pool of an idea that will eat all my free time for the foreseeable future. There’s even a religion involved with an evolution story. It’s going to be…a lot and (hopefully) amazing. And I can’t wait to get started!

But it will have to wait, because I’m editing something that I can’t tell you about until it shows up on Publishers Marketplace! And soon the publicity for Girl of Glass will begin! And The Tethering just got a brand new, really great review!

Between all that and hiking some really great mountains, it’s been an amazing week!

How are all your literary and reading pursuits going? Have some exciting things to share? Comment below to shout your success!

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Editing – A Poem by Megan O’Russell

I will edit on a beach.

I will edit near a bog.

I will even edit,

Sitting on a log.


I will edit in the car.

I will edit at the camp.

When darkness comes,

I’ll be editing by lamp!


I will find an outlet.

The laptop will get charge.

When it’s time for editing,

No task is too large.


I will edit on the sand.

I will edit in the sun.

I will prove to everyone,

That editing is fun!


New edits now to make.

New books I long to show.

For a new, exciting project!

I cannot tell you though!

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Harry Potter and the Stage Play

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Even though J.K. Rowling decided to steal my mountain, I still love Harry Potter. I love the theme parks, and yes I do love Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything, not only cause spoilers suck, but my husband hasn’t finished reading the play and I’d like to stay married.

I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the script. I think a huge amount of it has to do with people not being used to reading plays. I do shows for a living, so that’s really not an issue for me. And I agree, I miss the descriptions that are in the book, but it’s a play. It’s up to the people on stage and the people who create what’s on stage to make the details for us, so of course you’re not going to get that in a script. It’s just not how it’s done. Continue reading

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A Playful Project

I’m trying to work on something new. I’ve written blogs, short stories, books, and lyrics. Even a book with lyrics. Now I’m trying to write a play.

Not like a deep and meaningful play that will change the way everyone sees the world and end all violence by opening night. A fun little kids’ show. About a princess… with a sword.

As an actor, I’ve performed in many, many kids show. And I love them. I really do. I fell in love with theater when I was three, so having the opportunity to introduce young kids to the beauty of live theater is amazing. My husband writes and orchestrates music and even has the ability (and experience) to make performance tracks.

So here we go! We’re going to write a show about a princess with a sword. And maybe a rapping bear. And a few confused henchman for good measure.

Wish me luck, merde, and break a leg. I’m starting on a new adventure!


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