Monday, April 2, 2012

Persistence Helps Megan Curd to Cross That "Bridger"

Young adult author Megan Curd never wants writing to feel like a “job.” For her, writing is like having a party in her head, and who would want to ruin the fun on that? Like most parties that come and go quickly, the ideas for her YA stories fly out of Megan’s mind at a furious pace.
Bridger flew out of me – in four weeks. I had my first draft done. It was unreal. Since then, I’ve slowed down my writing times, but only because I have a lot more on my plate. If I can sit and write, I can crank out 2-3 thousand words in a day. I have to block out and plan more with an 8-month-old. Still, it’s totally worth it!”
Indeed, this new mom is hip with her audience, having read YA since forever. When a good friend urged Curd to “write what I know,” she did. As a voracious reader of all things YA, writing this genre came naturally.
“That’s my passion when I read, and it’s my passion when I write. I love spending time with young people and getting to know them. I think that no matter how old I get, I’ll always have a young spirit,” said Curd.
Spirited she is, with Curd coming out of the writing gate with long stories from the start. She notes that she jumped right into the deep end of the pool with Bridger, and learned along the way.
“I hope that now I’m a much stronger writer, and that as my journey progresses I continue to become more adept at my craft. Having so many great people in my corner is a huge help, too! I’m very thankful for Twitter and all the awesome writers I’ve met because of it.”
With Bridger, Curd went the traditional route of querying for an agent. She queried “everyone” and got very lucky. The experience was swift, and within three months, Curd had landed an agent and was more than ecstatic at being able to do this so soon.
“I know people can query for a year or more and never find that coveted ‘yes’. It doesn’t mean your story isn’t good enough. Keep honing your craft and that yes will come. It’s all about persistence.”
But staying together with her agent was not to be, as happens frequently in the writer-agent realm.
“While we parted ways, she remains a friend of mine and it was a good time when we worked together. For now, I’m enjoying just publishing my works on my own.”
Curd, who is in the process of writing a new book, plans to jump back into the querying pool upon completion.
“If I don’t get any bites, I’ll just release it myself. This time around, I won’t place as much stress on finding an agent. I know I can publish on my own and it’s satisfying for me. There’s just part of me that would love to land the agent and get a traditional book deal as well. I guess we’ll see how things go!”
Curd’s book, Bridger, follows Ashlyn McVean, a girl who doesn’t believe in fairy tales… until she’s tossed into the middle of the grudges her grandmother created long ago. Here, Ashlyn finds out she’s one of only two people who can cross between faerie realms, and while she’s dealing with trying to figure out her abilities, she’s navigating a new relationship with boyfriend, Liam. Being on a centuries-old hitlist is stressful enough, but finding out that her new abilities could spell trouble for Liam is a double blow. Everyone she loves is now put in danger, leaving Ashlyn to decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love and, ultimately, realms.
Currently, Curd is wrapping up the Bridger sequel, Traitor, whilst taking care of her family and finding the time to write.
“I try my best to juggle the two jobs with as much finesse as possible. My husband is great and helps with my son a lot, so that I can sneak away and write.”
We hope Curd continues to find the pockets of time to write more. You can find her on her website, blog, Goodreads, and Twitter, and Bridger on Amazon,