Praise for arbitrate: “There are a lot of books I finish and feel happy, this one I finished and my head is swirling, in a totally awesome way! Not only does it have a great story with characters that you like (and some you just hate as they are the enemy) but the book also gets you thinking, thinking about the implication of effects of different actions and courses in life. This story has action, fighting, plots and plans, romance, love triangles, family, betrayal – has it all.” –Emily Barton, Emmy Mom One Day at a Time blog, 5 stars “You have hit this one out of the park.” –ARC Reviewer “For the record, I LOVED Kira’s choice!! And the whole thing just blew me away! Very, very well done!! Now when can I get my hands on generate?! Can’t wait ” –ARC Reviewer “Read my ARC of Arbitrate and consider my mind blown! I started it the minute it was sent and couldn’t put it down.” –ARC Reviewer
daynight Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving–forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death. Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead. Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner–Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan. Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs. Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is an award-winning, bestselling novel and first in thedaynight series. Praise for daynight: 2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews “Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews “Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review) “Thomason’s description of Thera’s totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver… SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people… The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.”—ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars Author Megan Thomason Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone–over 600 in the last year–or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.
Please tell us a little bit about you.
I live with my husband and five kids in San Diego, California. We’re transplants from (rainy) Seattle. As you can imagine, my family keeps me busy. I write while my kids are at school (and in the car while waiting to pick up kids, and at doctor appointments, and at sports games…I bring my MacBook Air everywhere). To relax, I read at night to the tune of hundreds of books per year. We love to travel. In the couple years, we have been to Belize, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, the Caribbean, and Israel.
Why did you choose to pursue the art of writing?
I helped my husband plot and edit a middle grade book he was writing and loved the process. So when I came up with the idea for a teen romantic comedy, my daughters begged me to write it for them. I’ve been writing ever since. Now, I have stories that will “haunt” me until I write them down—often in the middle of the night.
What was the inspiration for Arbitrate?
I got the idea for daynight (book #1 in the daynight series) while I was hiking in the canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day. I wondered how hot it would have to get before days and nights were forced to be switched (sleep at day and use the night for productive hours). From there, I pondered what kind of government would rule the night and the idea for The Second Chance Institute was born.
With arbitrate, I wanted to make sure that it was not a rehash of the daynight plot. The tone needed to be different, characters had to adapt to harsh circumstances and grow from them, and the story arc needed to be fresh. I had a very distinct idea of where I wanted it to start (one year later), end, and for a pivotal scene in the middle. From there I brainstormed for weeks, writing down ideas as they came to me. I loosely plotted it, and then as I started writing I adjusted the plot as I had better ideas. One key difference between daynight and arbitrate is that while daynight mostly takes place in Garden City, Thera, arbitrate’s scenes take place across dozens of cities on both Earth and Thera.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
Hot Tamales, Diet Coke, and regular chiropractor appointments. Now, I’m punishing myself with a strict “no sugar” diet for a while.
Is there a singular character that really touched your heart and why?
All three main characters’ stories touched me in arbitrate (I spent a lot of time crying), but for a singular character…I will say Madison. She’s a new character that appears and her backstory is heartbreaking. She has had to endure more in two lifetimes than most people could even fathom for one. I’d like to do a novella that tells her story in more detail.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Yes. Book #3 of the daynight series, generate, will be released in 2014. As mentioned above, I’d also like to do a novella centered around Madison’s story and another centered around Kira and the guy she chooses at the end of arbitrate.
How has this story touched your life?
This book (arbitrate) is by far my favorite. I love how it turned out, love the ending. It was a big challenge to write. The story is incredibly complex. It is told from three point of views in both the present and near past (within the last year), across dozens of locations in two worlds. There are many, many subplots in the book that all weave together to tell the tale. Writing it caused more than one migraine as I sat with maps and detailed timelines and made sure that I wasn’t leaving loose ends. I felt immense emotion for each of the characters (good and bad)—the main characters and secondary characters. I laughed, cried, and yelled. There were certain scenes that I couldn’t (and still can’t) read without getting choked up—that were vital to the story but very hard to write. Then there are aspects to the dystopia that really made me think—about our own society…about the pictures “painted” versus reality.
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