Post Release

The Girl of Glass release blitz is over. All the blog dates have been fulfilled, and all the contests have been won.

I am now an author without an imminent release. I would love to say that I just get to sit back and write all the things, but that’s not true. I have two manuscripts to polish and get sent in to the appropriate parties. I have blogs to write and social media to manage.

But the most trying thing is chasing down reviews.

It’s crazy. First you try and get people to buy the book. Then you have to be all like, “Thanks for doing the first thing I wanted you to do. Now that you’ve done that, want to write nice things about my book baby?”

It’s terrible. It feels greasy. But reviews are a necessary tool. Continue reading

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The Ghosted Writer

Being an author isn’t easy. I don’t think any sane person would tell you otherwise.

The writing part can be fun. Sure, it’s stressful sometimes, and finding time to write can stretch other areas of your life to the snapping point. But creating your own world is amazing. Editing can be trying, but it’s doable. It’s the actual authory work that can really suck sometimes.

Building an author platform feels like shouting into the void. Promoting your own work feels like self-aggrandizement. And all those lovely things come after you find a publisher through the dreaded query process.

One of my series has been through three, that’s right three, publishers. The first folded before they managed to get my contract to me. The second folded under suspicious circumstances less than two months before the book was to be released. It was so stressful and awful. You go through the self-doubt and loathing of submissions, find your book a home, and have that home literally crumble.

And it happens more often than you’d think. Continue reading

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Spotlight: Girl of Glass, by Megan O’Russell

A spotlight for Girl of Glass!

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Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the…

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Taking on the Triangle

One of the biggest issues I’ve come across as a young adult author—I mean, aside from trigger warnings and diversity inclusion—is the dreaded trope.

A trope doesn’t become a trope by not being useful and relatable. But it’s a trope, so everyone uses it. You want to be unique and write something that’s never been seen before. But the risk of becoming overly bizarre and alienating your audience looms overhead.

It’s enough to make you wish you lived closer to the wine store.

There are a few things that I wanted to push for that are in the current fashion. Having a female protagonist who works in science, dealing with issues of inclusion, seeking to shed light on the state of the world—all of those have meaning to me and give depth to Girl of Glass.

There are some unique aspects in the use of a privileged heroine in a decaying world. Looking at the end of the world from the top rather than from the bottom. The humans becoming monsters to survive, monsters being more human than those who seek to destroy them.

But then come the tropes. The dreaded tropes.

Vampires. I love vampires. Lots of people love vampires. But how to make them different? And not in a “sparkle in the sunlight” sort of way. Continue reading

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Life Under Glass

My new YA mid-apocalyptic sci-fi Girl of Glass is now available in eBook and paperback form!

I love botanical gardens. So much so that I actually had a real need to look up the difference between “botanical” gardens and “botanic” gardens. Just so you know, there isn’t one.

There’s something about the muted heat in the greenhouses and the paths that wind between rows of plants with something new to marvel at every few feet that brings me immense joy. And the rich smell of damp earth mixing with the scent of growing plants in a way that undeniably declares the abundance of life under the domes; it’s better than any perfume.

I’ve visited botanical gardens, bio-domes, and royal gardens all over the world. Not just because they’re pretty. I find them to be hugely inspiring. All that life coming together in a small place, striving for a way to survive in a way you would never see it in nature; the beauty of life severed from the world. It’s astounding. I’ve even seen some flowers that—much like endangered species of animals—are being saved by being raised in gardens. Those endangered plants are what led to the creation of the Domes in Girl of Glass.

girl-of-glass-coverTwo worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

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The world is ending, but instead of burrowing into the ground for safety, the people have turned to glass Domes for protection. With the sun to feed their plants and thick glass to protect them from the dangers of the outside, Nola Kent is forced to watch the apocalypse happening in the world that surrounds her. Like a hothouse flower being kept from a harsh winter, Nola is expected to thrive and bloom regardless of the true condition of the world.

I’ve never thought of it as cruel when it comes to plants. They don’t know that their fellows on the cold side of the glass have been frozen and covered in snow. But lock a human with a strong will and a kind heart inside, and watching the slow death of the world becomes unbearable. Suffering is a terrible thing to watch, even with the security of knowing it can’t hurt you.

A strong girl living in the sunlight, surrounded by beautiful growing things. That was Nola’s reality, until the world dragged her out of it.

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Girl of Glass Late Breaking News!

Late Breaking News!

Pre-order for Girl of Glass has begun!
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Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
I am so thrilled for this story to be heading out into the world in ebook and paperback form December 6th!

You can find Girl of Glass on Goodreads, and you can pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

Hooray for pre-order!!

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Numb Face Fatigue

Life has gotten crazy. Good crazy. Great crazy even. But as I type this I’m too tried to feel my face. Which is unfortunate since I’m backstage at a show. I’m currently having trouble balancing dead stage face with creepy, too big smile face. It’s an issue.

I finished a novel today. Writing one, not reading one. I wasn’t supposed to finish it for three weeks but… poop happens. I need to revise and edit and all that jazz, but it’s written so yay! And Girl of Glass comes out in less than a month. Also in crossover for shows, which basically means doing ten shows a week while learning a new show in fourteen hour days. Soon I’ll start working on edits for The Chronicles of Maggie Trent with Curiosity Quills Press, and then the first official round of official The Tale of Bryant Adams should be coming down the pipe.

There are times, usually when I’m about to kick my face and I’ve been working for ten hours already, that I think to myself, “Self, you are crazy. You don’t need to do everything. For the love of all that is holy sit down and watch a movie.”

Occasionally the voice wins, and I spend an entire day on the couch vegetating and refusing to get up for anything but food. But most of the time I think of doing nothing and I cringe. Continue reading

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Spelling the Spells

Hello! This is Christopher Russell, Megan O’Russell’s husband. Megan and I have reached the end of her first series: The Tethering. This is a journey on which we embarked when Megan saw—in her mind’s eye—a boy waiting in a window. She had to find out why he was there. That led to the first book in the series, and it all just gushed forth from there.

Throughout the four books, I have been Megan’s chief spell linguist and co-fight choreographer. The fight choreo was pretty straightforward. I was involved in the martial arts from the time I was two-years-old until about eighteen and have since worked in the theatre, where I have performed dance and fight choreography in multiple productions spanning more than a decade.

But as I said, that was the easy part. Being the chief spell linguist was much more time-consuming, required much more creativity, and involved a lot of research. J.K. Rowling, for instance, took her spells pretty much directly from the Latin. In order to do so, she had to make sure the spells not only matched the desired effect, but that they also sounded good when spoken aloud. Think about it. How easy is it to hear the word “lumos” in your mind? It just rolls of the tongue. As does “expelliarmus.” Continue reading

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Typing and Tapping

I wish I could block out three hours every day to sit at my computer and write. In a window seat, or maybe at a fancy desk. With like tea, or wine and chocolate. Maybe a cat snuggled up on my lap while well-played jazz music floats through the air.

But that’s not how life goes. I’ve never had a window seat. I live in cast housing where I rarely have a desk and cats are banned. Having three hours of interrupted time doesn’t fit into my schedule. Having an hour of time rarely fits into my schedule. So I write when I can.

A half hour while I eat my breakfast. An hour between shows. And sometimes when I have lots of down time during shows backstage.

That’s right. While others are onstage belting, I’m sitting at my dressing room station, working on my laptop. I shove my makeup aside, turn my laptop on airplane mode, and work. Continue reading

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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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