Girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, girl and boy live happily ever after. Sound familiar? That is the typical love story that has had made many careers in Hollywood. Our Interrupted Love Story completely goes against this formula and is a true love story in every way imaginable. It takes the reader on a journey from how they meet, the obstacles they encountered, how they fell in love and how they dealt with the “threesome” of multiple myeloma.
Right from the first chapter it taps into the full gamut of emotions ranging from happiness and laughter to incredible, deep sadness. Even writing this we still get overcome with emotion at some parts of the book! Beyond the incredible sadness though is pure inspiration. Inspiration in the sense that Megan wrote this book as a way to capture and honour their memories; in the sense that Megan self published this book (yes, self published!) and in the sense that Megan is so genuine and true to the book.
We had a chance to meet with Megan and jumped on it! Reading the book, it is written in such a way that you feel like you are life long friends with Megan and Chad. Meeting Megan in person was exactly the same way. She is extremely warm and friendly, great sense of humour, fantastic fashion sense (we had to add this!) and very genuine. Excited to meet her, we arrived at Crema, a cozy, delicious café right by the water in West Vancouver that was her home away from home while writing most of the book. Having just finished reading the book, we were empathetic, heart broken, a tad emotional and eager to meet Megan for the “behind-the-scenes” scoop about the book and the woman behind it all. Below is what Megan has to say to our Pink Tank community:
How did the book come to be?
She finished the entire manuscript in a year. With the help of a couple editors, the manuscript became the finished work. After approaching publishers to take on her book, she ran into some road blocks and ended up self publishing her book. Voila! Our Interrupted Fairytale was born. Self publishing turned out to be a gift as she had control over the book, the title (which we absolutely love!), the “characters”, etc. She could literally create the book she envisioned. Right down to the colour of the wording (the colour of multiple myeloma), the “ribbon” running through the title (which also resembles a heart ECG) and the story as it truly happened.
What are you hoping people take away from reading this book?
“I’m hoping to give people a chance to meet and get to know Chad. And to show people that no matter how big the fight is, it will always be worth it”. Spoiler alert: He’s awesome, and you really get to know Megan and Chad’s relationship throughout the story. It’s not just a book bringing awareness of a certain disease; it’s a book with a life and an inspiring story behind it.
As Bloggers ourselves, we asked Megan what she does to battle writers block and if she had any creative suggestions?
“I focused on writing 1,000 words a day, every day until I was finished writing the book. It gave me a set goal to work with”. Serendipitous advice from a famous author she met while traveling on a bus to NYC.
She also found “listening to podcasts on screenwriting helpful, setting the difference between excuses and discipline (i.e. what you want to get done, versus what you’re going to get done)”. Willpower is a must for an author (and for anyone with a tangible goal!).
What was the biggest surprise in this whole process?
After much thought, she answered that she “was surprised with how well received the book is and that Chapters decided to take it on”. This was not just a “decision” but a strategic effort on Megan who successfully went into territory that only books backed by publishing companies usually take on. She did this with determination and focus (and great negotiation and people skills!) and asked them to give her a target to hit. She crushed the target and the book expanded into other stores in B.C.
Advice for the next generation?
“Being disciplined and not letting excuses get the better of you”. Simple but effective advice. Megan wrote this book in a year committing to 1,000 words per day. Every single day. She did all of this while working a full time job as well, we might add. This took extreme dedication, focus and commitment.
One thing you want people to leave with?
“Love is always worth it. Doesn’t matter the ending, if you love someone that deeply it will always be worth it”.
Time for some quick and rapid fire one word answer questions!
Vancouver is,,, “awesome. I changed my mind! It is my favourite place in the world”.
I am inspired by… “selflessness”.
I love… “sparkles”.
Favourite tennis stroke… “forehand roller”
Colour of her Jimmy Choos… “nude”
Heels or flats… “flats”
After meeting with Megan, we were more than inspired to write this blog post! Such an incredible story that honours the memories between two amazing people. We hope we have inspired you to run out any buy a copy or order it through Amazon. It will not disappoint. A quick disclaimer: make sure to have tissues nearby when reading!
Did we mention we’re giving you a chance to meet Megan Williams and chat with her yourself? On Thursday evening, September 4th, we’ll be getting together at Salt, Gastown to discuss everything and anything about “Our Interrupted Fairytale”. Tickets for this are $40.00 and include one glass of wine and tapas (and fabulous ladies with conversations!). The remaining 100% of the ticket will be donated to the charity. To RSVP, click HERE