Thursday, September 2, 2010

Interview with Morgan Matson, Author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

We are so excited to share this interview with you. Morgan Matson is the author of a BCM Favorite: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour.  A friend of mine recommended reading the book one night saying she just couldn't put it down so I contacted Morgan and the next thing I knew I was so immersed in her book that I couldn't put it down either. Morgan has definitely risen to the top of my favorite debut authors this year and I cannot wait to read another book by her. 

We hope you enjoy this interview and if you haven't already read my review of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, you can check that out HERE

Also, go buy this book. You won't be disappointed!

BCM: As someone who enjoys taking her own road trips, what was your favorite stop for Amy & Roger? Have you been to each place that Amy & Roger visited?

MM: I did go everywhere that Amy & Roger went! I actually wrote the first draft, then flew to California (I lived in New York City then), rented a car, and traced the path in the book back across the country.  Of course, I experienced a lot of things on the trip that then made it into the revision.  Like the Loneliest Road in America – I found that totally by accident on my road trip, and once I’d gotten safely through it, I KNEW it had to be part of the story.  My favorite stop might be a tie between Memphis and Louisville.  I’d never been to either place, and just fell in love with both of them.

BCM: I loved the playlists you included in the book. I've found some great bands from them! Did you listen to those particular playlists as you were writing those scenes in the book?

MM: So glad you liked the playlists! :-) I didn’t listen to those particular playlists while writing– but certainly songs from all of them!  In the revision process, I would actually listen to the mixes I had listened to on my road trip, to try and remember the feeling of being in each of the places, while hearing that music.

BCM: What are you listening to right now?

MM: Kind of a random hodgepodge of stuff right now – Sky Sailing (the other project of the guy behind Owl City), The Boxer Rebellion, Passion Pit, Easton Corbin, and, for some reason, lots of old Randy Newman.:-)

BCM: Name three must-see places that someone should visit if taking a road-trip across America.

MM: The Grand Canyon, Graceland, The drive across Utah. (I know this isn’t really a specific place, but the beauty of it just STUNNED me.  It’s so arresting and makes you realize just how vast this country is, and how many different terrains it has.)

Also, if I might add one more…a lot of times, what I found most enjoyable were the small, local tourist stops – like the World’s Largest Hand-Dug well in Kansas.  Definitely get off the highway and check these out!

BCM: Name the last three books you read and loved.

MM: This Gorgeous Game, by Donna Freitas, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, If I Stay by Gayle Forman

BCM: What is your favorite Amy & Roger moment?

MM: I actually really enjoyed writing the Louisville section.  I love the moment Lucien comes around the corner with a chain saw and Amy’s trying to get Roger to leave.  I had a lot of fun with that one.

BCM: What can we expect from you next?

MM: I just finished the first draft of my next book.  It’s about a girl who works at her family’s movie theater in a small town in Pennsylvania, and takes place over the weekend that everything changes.  

Thank you, Morgan for this interview. It was so much fun getting to know you better! 

To learn more about Morgan her books check out these sites: 

Official Publisher Page  / Twitter

1 comment:

  1. What a fun interview! I haven't read the book, but this definitely makes me want to even more! :)

    Utah is a pretty state to drive through, but I definitely hate driving uphill in a family minivan that can't quite make it up there fast enough! Not cool!

    Pretty cool that Morgan drove and used her road trip & playlists as inspiration for the story!

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