Happy Monday Friends of books and friends of all things New Adult! Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Megan Squires on her Blog Tour for her novel “Demanding Ransom”.
It’s a New Adult book with a lot of heart and Megan shares some random things about Demanding Ransom, that will definitely will make you even more curious about Demanding Ransom. If the cover is not speaking for itself right now already …
Ten Random Things About Demanding Ransom
by Megan Squires
(in no particular order)
I wrote Demanding Ransom in under a month. From start to finish, the story came together just shy of 30 days. I think my fingertips were on fire after that. The editing process took longer, but no significant changes were made to the overall plot of the book.
I was incredibly picky when it came to finding the perfect “Ran.” As in, I spent hours poring over modeling websites of all kinds to find the right fit (terrible job, I know). When we finally found Cameron, it was like, “That’s totally him!” It was so great to finally have our perfect Ran.
The model for Maggie is actually a young adult author and I met her at my book signing for my first novel, Traced. When I was writing Demanding Ransom, I had someone with Greta’s look in the back of my mind the entire time. It wasn’t until the cover process started that I realized she was exactly who I’d been imagining as our Maggie.
I got the idea for a book about a paramedic during a photoshoot for another book. When I was photographing “Joel” for the Traced series, our model mentioned that he was training to be an EMT. I thought, “That’s a pretty cool job,” and then, of course, my brain wouldn’t shut off until I’d practically written the outline for Demanding Ransom completely in my head.
The storyline with Mikey is close to my heart. I hate cancer. I lost my dad five years ago to kidney cancer, and it changed who I am. It’s something I can’t let go of. So I wanted to write a storyline that included the emotions I’d experienced with cancer: fear, hope, awareness, pain, love. I think we get to see a little more of who Maggie is as she relates to Mikey, and I think that’s what illness and tragedy does: it brings out pieces of you that you didn’t know existed.
That big plot twist. It was just as much a surprise to me as it is to all of you. I did not see that one coming, but I love how it ties into the plot so well and how it brings everything full circle.
Ran’s name was completely random. A lot of times when I’m thinking of character names I’ll look through the baby names list, and lo and behold, I found the name Ransom. I was so intrigued with this name and the meaning behind it that I kind of decided to write the entire story around it.
This is my favorite of the three books I’ve written. I know I shouldn’t say things like that—it’s like admitting to having a favorite child. But it is. There is something about this book that is so much closer to my heart than the others. The characters, the overarching themes—they all means so much more to me than any others I’ve written. I feel like maybe there is more of myself in this book, so it feels more intimate than the rest.
I’ve never been in the back of an ambulance. Well, a moving ambulance at least. I’ve sat in one during my son’s preschool trip to the fire station, but I haven’t actually been a patient in the back of one. (Though my mom was recently and said the paramedic tending to her was very Ran-worthy.)
I didn’t know there would be a sequel (Ransom’s Note, coming 2014) until after Demanding Ransom was all written. Demanding Ransom could be a complete story. But like I said, I’m kind of attached to the characters and my beta readers all demanded it. I think I want to know how Maggie and Ran’s future will play out just as much as everyone else, so I’m excited to see just what’s in store.
About Demanding Ransom
Sometimes life takes things away from you. In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.
Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.
But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.
Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Maggie feel. Maybe meeting Ran is life’s little gift for Maggie—a sort of consolation prize for enduring everything she’s had to go through.
But things don’t come easy for Maggie. Why should love be the exception? And just when everything starts to settle, it’s all turned on its head once again.
If there is one thing Ran has taught Maggie, it’s that you can’t sit on the sidelines of your own existence. When life takes something that’s yours, you have every right to demand it back.
Only for Maggie, that is easier said than done.
Note: Demanding Ransom is a New Adult Romance with non-explicit sexual content.
Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer – though her characters don’t often give her much opportunity to sleep.
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