Meagan Spooner
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

2017-11-06T11:42:38+00:00

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

2017-11-06T11:44:34+00:00

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."
One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

2017-11-06T11:48:19+00:00

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

2017-11-06T12:09:41+00:00

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.
Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

2017-11-06T12:13:28+00:00

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.
Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

2017-11-27T09:17:02+00:00

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.
With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.

Booklist (Starred Review)

2017-11-27T10:01:57+00:00

Booklist (Starred Review)

With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.
This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.

VOYA

2017-11-27T10:05:07+00:00

VOYA

This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.
Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.

VOYA Magazine, starred review

2017-11-27T10:27:43+00:00

VOYA Magazine, starred review

Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.
An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?

Children's Literature

2017-11-27T10:29:04+00:00

Children's Literature

An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?
A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.


Marie Lu

2017-11-27T15:17:04+00:00

Marie Lu

A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.
Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

VOYA

2017-11-27T15:18:24+00:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

FAQ

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Publishing

Can you refer me to your agent/editor?
Can you be my critique partner?
I’ve written a book—can you tell me how to get it published?
Do I need an MFA in creative writing to be a published author?

My Books

Will Skylark and Shadowlark have a sequel?
Will These Broken Stars have a sequel?
Can I have a review copy of one of your books?
Can you send me a signed copy of one of your books?
Will you tell me what happens in the next book in one of your series?

Writing

You’ve co-written a book with someone else—will you co-write with me?
Where do you get your ideas?
How do you and Amie write novels together?

Miscellaneous

Can I interview you?
How can I help support you and other authors I like?
Will you come speak to my class/library/book group?
Will you write a review blurb for my novel?
Can I write fanfiction/draw fanart of your series?


Can you refer me to your agent/editor?
This is always difficult, because I would love to help other writers out. Queries and submissions are so nerve-wracking! The problem is that I can’t refer people without having read the manuscript and gotten to know the writer, and that takes time I can’t spare. What time I have after writing my own books, revising them, marketing them, blogging, tweeting, etc., is reserved for the critique partners I’ve had for years. So if you have a question about querying my agent, by all means, please ask! But I really can’t offer to refer you, sorry!


Can you be my critique partner?
Unfortunately this is also a no. I’m actually terrible at reading people’s work in a timely fashion, and so I can’t actually have many CPs or I just never get time to read all their manuscripts. My advice is that you seek out other writers at the same stage you are. If you’re just finishing your first novel, look for other writers who are doing the same, on blogs and on Twitter. If you’re getting ready to query, look for others at the same place. You’ll get the support and camaraderie of shared experiences, and you can go through the process together. My CPs, while all published writers now, were not even agented when we first started working together. I’ve been with them for years, and you can’t manufacture that sort of genuine bond.


Will These Broken Stars have a sequel?
Yes! That said, the sequel of THESE BROKEN STARS will not focus on Tarver and Lilac. Their story ends after book one,  but the action in book two will be picked up by two new characters, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase. (Don’t worry, they’re just as awesome as Lilac and Tarver.) Book two is called This Shattered Worldand will be available from Disney-Hyperion on November 11, 2014!


Do I need an MFA in creative writing to be a published author?
The simple answer: no. I don’t have an MFA, and I’ve sold six books. Depending on what you write, though, an MFA program could be really helpful to you. They can teach you about craft, give you experience having your work read and critiqued by others, and—perhaps most importantly—force you to spend a lot of time writing. You don’t need an MFA to have those things, though. If you want to learn more about writing, and work with other writers, but not invest the time and money required for an MFA, consider an intensive workshop like Odyssey or Clarion. I attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2009, and it made a big, big difference in my writing.

See this post for more on whether you should get an MFA.


You’ve co-written a book with someone else—will you co-write with me?
I wrote These Broken Stars (Disney-Hyperion, Fall 2013) with Amie Kaufman. We were friends long before we ever wrote TBS, and had been writing together the entire time, as well as critiquing each other’s work. We have a familiarity with each others’ strengths and weaknesses that benefits the writing as a whole. That’s not a bond or an understanding that can be forced or artificially created. Writing with someone else can be an intensely painful and frustrating experience if you don’t completely click with your co-author. (I have heard horror stories like you would not believe!) Of course, when you do click, it’s completely awesome—and very different from working on a solo project.

If you’re interested in co-writing a book, try talking with other writers who have read your work, and whose work you’ve read. Just make sure you talk about how it’s going to work a LOT before you start putting any words on paper!


I’ve written a book—can you tell me how to get it published?
This is such a big question that I don’t feel qualified to answer it! There’s no “one way” to get published. The way I did it is pretty common, but definitely not the only way. There is a wealth of information on the internet, though. My advice is to start following the blogs of writers and agents. Start collecting tips and information. Revise, revise, revise. If you send query letters to agents and only get rejections, don’t get mad at the agents—take another look at your book. It may need more work.

If you want some specifics about blogs and tools for writers, check out the Resources page. That may give you a good place to get started!


Can I have a review copy of one of your books?
Believe it or not, but I’m not actually the person to talk to about this! Authors often get very few copies to work with. If you’d like to request a copy of one of my books, please contact my publicist for review copies—for the Skylark Trilogy, this is Lindsay Matvick at Lerner Books. For the Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars and This Shattered World) this is Jamie Baker at Disney-Hyperion.


Will you come speak to my class/library/book group?
I love talking to readers about my books, and I also love talking to aspiring writers and giving them what advice I can. If you want to arrange an author visit, please email me to inquire about logistics and fees. Right now I am offering Skype visits with classrooms and libraries of up to 30 minutes for free—just email me and we can work it out!


Will you write a review blurb for my novel?
If you’re interested in having me read your novel and consider writing a blurb for it, those requests should be directed through my agent, Josh Adams, NOT sent to me directly.


Where do you get your ideas?
Writers get their ideas from everything, all around them. Books, TV, movies, friends, news, history, music… everything can spark an idea if you’ve got your mind open to it. So that’s the quick answer… you can read more about where I got the ideas for my books here and here!


How do you and Amie write novels together?
The books in the Starbound Trilogy are told from dual perspectives, with each chapter alternating between characters. Typically Amie writes the male characters and I write the female characters, but in actuality the process is a bit more complex than that. You can read more about how we write our books here.


Can you send me a signed copy of one of your books?
Unfortunately, no! Due to the cost of the book and the cost of postage, I can’t afford to give people signed copies of my books. However, you can always find signed copies at my home bookstore, as well as any bookstores where I’ve recently signed. You can find all that information here!


Can I write fanfiction/draw fanart of your series?
Yes, please do! I wrote fanfiction when I was first starting to seriously pursue writing as a hobby, and it’d be an honor to inspire others to do the same. Just be sure to say somewhere, either in the information about your story or in the caption of your image, what book/author inspired the piece.


Can I interview you?
Alas, due to my current workload, I’m not doing unsolicited interviews right now. If you work for a print or online magazine or other official publication, you can contact my agent or my publisher.


How can I help support you and other authors I like?
I love you just for asking! Buying our books and telling your friends about them is the best thing you can do, but if you want more ways to help, here’s an article with some ideas.


Will you tell me what happens in the next book in one of your series?
Nope.

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