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Muse It Up MG/YA Blog-A-Thon



Today I'm hosting author Meradeth Snow










Thanks so much for hosting me, Kim! This is my last interview in this month of awesomeness, and I also wanted to say a big thanks to all of the wonderful ladies that have worked together to pull this off! It’s been great getting to know you all!
Okay, so during the past month, I’ve been able to not only met some fun and interesting new authors, but hosted my first interviews, and answered some questions about myself. One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is getting to see what these awesome authors do other than write. (I mean, books first, of course, but I love getting to know about the lives of authors, too!) If you haven’t seen some of the other interviews, do go check them out! See, here’s the thing: I love seeing how people balance it all. Because, really, it’s an art in and of itself. We all have lives, jobs of one sort of another, hobbies, crafts, things we love. How all of these come together (and still allow for time to write, edit, and publish a book) is totally amazing.
For myself, this balancing act always reminds me plate-spinning. I’ve made this analogy before on my blog, but some days it feels like I’m rushing around like mad, trying to keep way too many plates spinning on their narrow sticks. Invariably, one of them crashes to the floor now and then. I hate it when that “plate” is my writing, and it slips through the cracks for days or weeks when life becomes too hectic.
So, how do people still manage to write and be creative? I’ve learned from some of the other interviews that this involves a dedicated time after everyone else is in bed (or before they get up—but I’ll be honest and say this’ll never happen for me!). Or they have an awesome place to retreat to in the mountains that allows them some dedicated writing time away from it all. So many different ways to eek out those precious moments at the keyboard, and so many stories that get told because we take that time and have stories to tell.
And really, what I want to say, is that it is SO worth it. Maybe sometimes it means letting another “plate” fall during a day, but when it comes down to it, taking that time to be creative, to tell a story, it’s precious, and awesome, and awe inspiring. Keep up the good fight!

Title: Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

Cover: (TBA)

Tagline: Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of. In order to save her best friend's life, she's going to have to face her past, but her ghosts won't make it easy. Especially his.

Bio: Meradeth Houston is finishing her degree-to-end-all-degrees in anthropology. Don’t ask her how long she’s been in school . She is also an instructor at her university, and spends most of her time working in a laboratory. Please drop by her blog (http://meradethhouston.blogspot.com/) or website (www.MeradethHouston.com). She’s also on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MeradethSnow) and Google+, and always interested in meeting new people.
Contest: If you’re interested in a copy of Colors Like Memories when it comes out, please leave a comment here or any of the other blogs I’ll be visiting this month. Or leave a comment at each of the blogs, for more entry chances! I’ll draw a winner from comments and announce it on my blog at the end of the month. Please leave me a way to get in contact with you!

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marvad
Sep. 30th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I like to use the analogy of herding cats. I don't know who made that up in the first place, but it's brilliant.

As the original perpetrator of the MG/YA Blogathon madness this month, I truly learned to meaning of the phrase.

I wouldn't have missed it because I did find authors like Meradeth whose path I might not crossed otherwise. Thanks, Meradeth and Kim for joining in on the kitty rodeo.
merbear95695
Sep. 30th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Marva! It has been quite the kitty rodeo :) But it's been great getting to know so many awesome authors!

Thanks so much for hosting me, Kim!
redtoffee
Sep. 30th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Such a haunting story. I would love to win it!

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