What happens when a hazing prank goes terribly wrong and a teenage girl goes missing? The debut suspense novel, SISTERS OF MISERY
, brings us inside a seaside town near Salem, Massachusetts where Maddie Crane investigates her eccentric cousin’s disappearance. In the process, she ignites the wrath of the Sisters of Misery – a a powerful high school clique, whose activities mirror the witch hunts of the seventeenth century.
Stories hidden for decades come to light after Cordelia’s tragic disappearance. Cordelia’s mother, Rebecca, descends into madness. Maddie’s family members struggle with the consequences of the supernatural “gifts" they possess. And Maddie Crane must choose between the allure of the Sisters of Misery and loyalty to her family. I asked, Megan answered
A: What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?
M: When I was in college, we played with a Ouija board and tried to scare each other. Then later that night I woke up with an incredible weight on my chest, the blankets went up over my head and I heard heavy breathing in my ear. I thought it was one of the boys in our dorm being a jerk, but once I got the covers away from my face, I realized that the only person there was my roommate fast asleep on the other side of the room. The next day, I told my roommate what happened and she mentioned that she had stuck the Ouija board under my bed. I threw it away and have never brought one into my house since.
A: Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
I have a freakish fear of aliens, though I’m not sure why. I think it has to do with seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind when I was younger. I still can’t look out a window at night because I’m afraid of seeing one of those bug-eyed creatures looking back at me.
A: Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
M: I’m a big fan of gothic short stories, especially those written by Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and William Faulkner. They have definitely influenced my writing.
A: At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
M: SISTERS OF MISERY asks if people have changed at all from the times of the Salem Witch trials. I think my book shows that people really haven’t changed all that much - that persecution and ostracism are still alive and well in today’s society.
A: Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
M: Too many mysteries, not enough answers. That’s probably why I enjoy reading and writing. It’s nice when a mystery can be solved within the span of 200 or so pages.