Megan Frazer is the author of Secrets of Truth and Beauty, which will be published by Disney-Hyperion July 7 2009.
How did you get the idea of writing Secrets of Truth & Beauty?
I was watching Little Miss Sunshine, just in amazement of the behind the scenes pageant stuff. I’ve always been fascinated by that world, ever since I sat behind Little Miss New Hampshire at the Nutcracker one year. Anyway, I thought, “What would happen if one of those girls got fat?” and the idea took off from there. It ended up being about much more than that.
What is the best thing that has happened to you since you became a writer?
Since selling I’ve become part of a real community of writers, mostly with the 2009 Debutantes (www.feastofawesome.com), but through other venues, too. The YA world is so supportive and lively — I love it.
Where do you usually write?
Wherever — and whenever — I can! I’ll type on my laptop, I’ll write on scraps of paper. I wrote most of Secrets while commuting on a train. I think it’s a good thing that I don’t need to be in a specific place or atmosphere. However, I do like to go to new places to read over drafts. Somehow that does give me a new perspective.
What message do you want Secrets of Truth & Beauty to portray?
I didn’t set out for Secrets of Truth & Beauty to have a specific message. What I didn’t want to write was a book that was simply about either a) Dara losing a lot of weight or b) not losing the weight but gaining self-acceptance. I wanted her weight to be a circumstance, but not the point of the book. For me, her family issues were much more important.
Was it a difficult process getting your book published?
For me the process of submitting to agents was relatively painless because I was actually planning my wedding. My agent offered representation days before the wedding, so to say I was distracted is an understatement. Then the sale went fairly quickly. It was overwhelming because even though I had studied publishing a bit in school, it did feel like a new world. Now, as for what happened after the sale, that was difficult, but in a good way. I have a great editor at Disney-Hyperion, and she really helped me to get the book into shape, but it took a long time.
Are you currently working on anything?
Yep, but I’m one of those superstitious authors who doesn’t like to talk about works in process.
What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
I plead the fifth!
What was your school life like at seventeen?
I was a really driven student, so school itself was a big focus of mine. I was definitely overextended: swim team, field hockey, class treasurer, peer outreach, community service. I was also really wrapped up in my friendships. It was a great group of friends, but of course we had our dramas, and I was kind of angsty, and was constantly over-analyzing things.
In what ways are you similar to Dara?
She is driven like I was, and I think she is sarcastic, but more to herself than out loud, and I am like that. People are surprised when I start to get more comfortable, and more sarcastic, with them.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Ooh! Sarah Cross (author of Dull Boy) asked me this, too, so I have thought about it a lot. I would like to have super, acrobatic fight skills. And to fly.
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