I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for MEG & LINUS! Here’s a little bit about the book:
by Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?
Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.
But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .
From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.
Tell us about your book in 140 characters.
Meg has been dumped by Sophia. Linus has a crush on Danny. Meg thinks helping Linus is the best way to avoid dealing with her own feelings.
How long did it take you to write / formulate the plot for the story?
No longer than a few weeks. Once the idea popped up in my head, these characters were incredibly determined to tell me their stories as fast as possible. It was pretty much all I could think about, and while the plot underwent a few changes after the initial outline was done, the structure of it took shape very quickly. It’s a character based story, so I didn’t have to do a lot of world building and there weren’t a whole lot of plot twists to figure out. It was very much a process of getting to know the characters and figure out what they wanted and how they could get there.
Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?
Without spoilers . . . that’s difficult. It’s also difficult to choose because I had such a good time writing the entire thing. My favorite scene involves a snow alien. That was so much fun to write.
Tell us about your publishing journey.
To be honest, it was a short journey. I have a bunch of abandoned drafts. I could never really make anything work. Meg & Linus was a turning point for me, like a knot had loosened and suddenly the words just kept flowing out. It’s the first novel I’ve ever finished and I was incredibly lucky to have Swoon Reads choose it so quickly. I’m very well aware that I got really, really lucky.
What is your writing schedule like?
I do my best to write every day, for at least an hour. Usually late afternoon or evening. When I get into a slump, I try different things including adjusting my schedule to jolt myself out of it. For example by trying to get a few words down early in the morning. But I like having a set time to write. It just doesn’t hurt to shake that up every once in a while to make sure I don’t fall into a routine that is so repetitive it starts slowing me down.
Were there different titles for your book? If so, what were they?
No. It was Meg & Linus all along. I’m happy I wasn’t asked to change it, because their friendship is one of the most important parts of the story for me.
Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel.
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