I decided to start a new segment on my blog called “Inspiring Authors and Books”! I know I know, not the most creative name, but I couldn’t think of anything else. In these posts, I will select an author that I find inspiring and talk about her or his accomplishments! Most of the time I will discuss what book he or she wrote that made an impact on me as well. I’m really excited for this segment because there are MANY authors that I find inspiring and I want to spread their awesomeness with the world. So without further ado, here is the first author for Inspiring Authors!
Meet Megan Duke!
“Megan Duke was born in 1992 and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently resides there with her fiance, Trent. Megan has spent most of her young adult life writing. She attended fashion school at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Nashville for one year, but after realizing her true passion, she left school and pursued a writing career.
Megan is best known for the coming of age novel, Small Circles. Before releasing that particular story, or its companion: Three Sixty, she began writing a futuristic sci/fi trilogy called The Mind Breaker Accounts. Since then, she has planned to write two more companions to the coming of age novel, as well as finish the Mind Breakers trilogy with the final book planned for release in 2015.
For Megan, telling a story is more than just writing words. To her, it’s about sharing something that could possibly make a difference. Whether that be through futuristic fiction driven by the power of mind control, or a simple contemporary novel about friendship and happiness, it’s the impact that matters, so read on!
She continues to write every day.”
As noted above Megan is a young author who has already written FIVE books! And on top of that she has plans to write two more! I find that absolutely mind blowing! And as if that’s not enough she has a full time job as well!
If you guys didn’t know, I absolutely adore Small Circles! I am so lucky and blessed that Megan chose me to review her book, it literally changed my life. I really do mean it! I also loved the companion novel Three Sixty so definitely check it out. I’m actually currently reading the precursor, Ninety Degrees, and loving every second of it! So I definitely recommend!! Never before have I read a book that touched and impacted me the way that Small Circles did. I was able to relate to the characters, especially Paxton, in a way that I never related before. For those of you who have read the book and are wondering how I relate to Paxton, I can assure you that my situation wasn’t exactly like his, but I did relate to how he felt. WARNING: Personal events are discussed below, if you don’t care about that just skip the paragraph below and keep reading about how awesome Megan Duke is!
Not many people know this about me, but two years ago I became really depressed. I was never ‘diagnosed’ but it was pretty bad. I questioned a lot about the world and was just angry at everyone. I stopped eating because I hated how I looked, I began to harm myself because I thought that I deserved the pain, and I just hated the person who looked back at me in the mirror. My grades began to slip big time and I began to push away my family and friends. I actually contemplated suicide multiple times. I would tell myself everyday that I should jump in front of the train when it came to the station or take my mom’s prescriptions whenever they left me home alone, but I never did and that made me angry at myself because I thought that I wasn’t strong enough. Then one day my mom came up to me and asked if I was okay. I looked at her with the straight face that I was used to giving people when they asked me that and said, “Yea, why?” She told me that her heart has been heavy for the past few days and she didn’t know why. She then looked me in the eye and asked me again and I burst into tears and told her all about how I was feeling. My wall completely came down and I began to heal. My family helped me along the road and I am forever grateful to them. Sometimes I feel that dark cloud come over me, but I learned how to avoid feeling that way.
That’s why I love Small Circles, because I feel that Megan captures how lost and hopeless you feel when you’re in a depressed state. She also shows that it doesn’t go away all at once. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you, but you keep fighting because it’s okay to be happy. Everyone, no matter what they’ve done, deserves to be happy.
So thank you Megan. You have no idea what this book did for me and I am forever grateful that you chose me to review it. I cannot wait to tell you this in person.
Until next post!