Badass Welcomes Megan Hart!
Interview and Guest Blog Post
(and a Giveaway too!)
BadAssBook Reviews welcomes Megan Hart today for an interview and a guest blog post. August 27th is the release of Megan’s book Tear You Apart, which we reviewed. I am a fan of Megan Hart’s writing — Tempted, Dirty and The Favor. So I am just thrilled to be able to ask Megan a few questions and hear her thoughts on writing such an interesting and emotional story. If you want a chance to win and read Tear Your Apart by Megan Hart, scroll down and enter to play!
Regina: The title of the guest blog post you wrote for us, “Why not a Happy Ever After,” perfectly captures one of the reasons I enjoy your books so much. My love for your stories doesn’t arise just because of a lack of a happily ever after but because the entire story is not geared toward a wedding and a baby carriage. Is this something you set out intentionally to do in your books—create characters with complicated back stories? Or do these stories just come about for you unintentionally when you are writing?
Megan: Yes, absolutely. I’ve written romances — straight up, no-shame romances where the entire story is about the hero and heroine and how they get together and fall in love, and there’s a Happy Ever After without ambiguity. I love those stories, too. But yes, I tend to write characters that are a mess. Flawed. I find the stories that show wrong choices more interesting than the ones in which everyone does the right thing all the time. I find human frailty and emotion more complex than anything else, and no matter how my books end, they are ALWAYS about relationships.
Regina: When discussing books written by you, I have seen readers label your books as “emotional erotica”. But for me, what is not emotional about sex? Why wouldn’t erotica be emotional? Having sex typically converges with major life emotions — unless of course, it is routine sex inside a long term monogamous relationship which you don’t write about! So I like what you do with your stories — for example Dirty, Tempted address emotional issues that converge with sexual relationships. But they also involve the pushing of boundaries of sex and romantic relationships. I am curious as to how your views on human sexuality influence the books you write.
Megan: I’d have to say that my views on sex and sexuality of course influence what I write, because…well, I’d say that most authors operate from an internal place. We write what we “know” – which for me isn’t always what I have done or would do myself, but what I feel is right for the story and characters. I have to believe someone would make the choices I write about them making, even if I wouldn’t, myself. I think that people like to have sex. A lot. And they do dumb things in the pursuit of it, but oh, god, isn’t that feeling glorious? When you’re totally into someone who’s into you, and all that you can think about is seeing that person, touching them, being touched by them…Love might make the world go ’round, but man, lust sure does grease the wheels.
Regina: Tear You Apart is brilliant in how it examines the changes between a couple in a long term relationship. I think many people looking from the outside and examining her would question why a woman sitting in such a perfect financial situation would risk everything for perhaps nothing. But to me, it made so much sense! And I gotta say I love how you wrote the main character’s view of herself physically in terms of how she thought men saw her in relation to other women. The scene I am thinking of is the opening scene where she is bedraggled, wet and feeling older in comparison to the other women at the art opening. It sort of was a representation of her relationship with her husband in a way. Given your examination of marriage in Tempted and Tear You Apart, I see your books as not critical of monogamy and marriage (but maybe?), but that you question the ideal of both as some sort of perfection. Do I get that right? Or is it more of just how a story involves and that monogamy and a marriage play a role in certain situations?
Megan: I think that the feeling of marriage and monogamy as being a burden or weight is common for a lot of people. Being tired of your spouse or partner is something that’s not uncommon. People change. It’s a cliche, but true. I’m not the same person I was at 25 that I am at 42. You find ways in a partnership to grow together, or someone gets left behind. Happiness is an elusive emotion. Contentment is often overlooked. Misery might be as short lived as joy, but damn, doesn’t it feel like it sticks around a lot longer? I’m critical of marriage and monogamy only in that I write fiction about people who need to make choices, and let’s face it, a book about a happily married couple with no problems would be sort of boring! And truly, I believe that just because something looks perfect, that doesn’t mean it is meant to make you happy. There are many, many reasons to stay married and love is only one of them. There are many, many reasons to get un-married, and love is only one of THEM, too. Relationships are complicated and messy even when they’re working. Because I like to write about complicated, messy things it’s natural for me to explore all the ramifications of that.
Regina: Thank you for your time. I cannot wait to read whatever you have in store for your readers next. If you are interested in winning a signed copy of Tear You Apart, please scroll down to play!
Why not a Happy Ever After? by Megan Hart
People who read romance count on a Happy Ever After. That guarantee, whether with something concrete like a marriage or more subtle like a declaration of love without plans to march down the aisle, is what makes a romance a romance. Not a love story. TEAR YOU APART is not a romance.
But it is a love story.
Tear You Apart is about two people, Elisabeth and Will, who meet and make an instant connection that neither of them understands. Possibly, that neither wants. Yet once that connection is made, it becomes impossible for either of them to deny or ignore it.
I’m on a train.
I don’t know at which stop I got on or where I’ll get off; I only know the train is going, going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. The trees and sky mesh and meld and become something else. I’m on a train and I should get off, but I don’t.
The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life, a good life with everything a woman could need and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have or even want.
Elisabeth is on a train, but she’s not on it alone. Will is there every moment, as caught up and consumed as she is. Together, they find something both had thought lost or non-existent. Together, they find each other.
But why, you might ask, write a story like Tear You Apart, a book that is about two people destined to find each other but not to end up together? Why write a love story set against a backdrop of what society views as wrong? Why tell a story about a man and a woman so tangled up with each other that they tear each other apart?
My answer is, why not?
Life is beautiful, but messy. People don’t always make the right choices. Right or wrong, in matters of the heart, there are very few times when anything is black and white. There are far, far more than fifty shades of gray.
Who will hate this book?
Readers who want only a happy ending, who desire only a story about people who make all the right choices, who don’t like to read about flawed, messed up characters…I bet they’ll hate Tear You Apart. And that’s okay. Because the world is big and full of stories that they’ll like much better.
Who will love this book?
Readers who understand that sometimes a person’s flaws are what make them more interesting. That the wrong choices can lead us to the right places. That just because the ending isn’t “happy” that doesn’t mean the ending isn’t exactly right for the story. Readers who like stories about how people change and grow…or not…and how we learn about ourselves sometimes more from what doesn’t work out for us than what does…Those readers, I think, will enjoy Tear You Apart.
For all those who give the book a shot, thank you!
Enter the Badass After Hours Tear Your Apart by Megan Hart Giveaway!
Megan is generously giving away a signed copy of Tear You Apart plus goodies! Enter Here!
Release Date: 8/27/13
Their passion will consume everything and everyone in its path.
I’m on a train.
I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life—a good life with everything a woman could want—and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled.
So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.
If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.
This is my choice. And I don’t know how to stop.
Or even if I want to.
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