Friday, September 30, 2011
Megan’s Way by Melissa Foster
About the Book:
What would you give up for the people you love?
When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.
Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.
Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.
About the Author:
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of two novels, Megan's Way and Chasing Amanda. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, and is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan's Way. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written a column featured in Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
"Though Megan's heart ached for the pain her death would cause her daughter and most treasured friends, and she longed to have been the one to tell Jack that Olivia was his daughter, she felt horribly conflicted because she was also strangely enveloped by a sense of peace and wellness. She had passed through her life with gracious friends and an amazing daughter, taking with her a small part of each of their beings, and stashing it away in her very own soul. She wept, not for her own death, but for the life she had shared with each of them and for the cumbersome job they would now have of putting her body to rest. Megan passed through on May 1st, the same day she had come into the world. She hoped that her friends would continue to celebrate that day for themselves in years to come, as they had for her."
“She sat up abruptly. Okay. That’s it. I can’t tell anyone. What’s done is done. I can’t tell Olivia, and Jack and Peter don’t need to know. It would only hurt them. And what would they think of me? of my deceiving them? It’s better left unsaid.”
“His voice was just above a whisper, deep and solemn. ‘There are some friends who are always there for you, even when they are not present. There are others that are always present, and yet, somehow never there.’”
“One will be released, and returned after death.”
Megan’s Way is about four life-long friends whose lives are so intertwined it is hard to see where one ends and the next begins. Yet, they end up harboring the deepest, darkest, secrets from each other.
It is a game for me to figure out where the title of a book comes from. Sometimes I am consciously looking for it, and other times it sneaks up on me and all of a sudden, there it is – the reason for the title. That is what happened with Megan’s Way. I was so caught up in the story line that it snuck up on me. Megan is a free spirit that her friends would always describe as “what you see is what you get.” She didn’t hide or pretend. She lived her life as herself and to its fullest; something I think we all would like to do.
When she became pregnant, the only change Megan made in her life was to change the focus from herself to her daughter, Olivia. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer, her focus remained on what was best for her daughter. Megan had a sixth sense when it came to her daughter, Olivia. She knew and felt when she was in trouble or in need of her. I understand that sense and I really enjoyed experiencing it in the book. Not to give the story line away, when you read about their connection and learn about the secrets, it will leave you pondering.
I admired Megan’s decision not to continue treatment. I have often wondered about what my decisions would be and I always come back to the same decision. I lean in the direction of not taking treatments. The book gave me some insight into how it might affect those around me.
I will tell you that I spent a lot of time crying. This book is a must read, but first, buy yourself a box of really soft Kleenex!
A conversation with the author – taken from the book:
What was your inspiration for Megan’s Way?
Many years ago, my mother went in for surgery that I was told was for several benign cysts on her ovaries. It wasn’t until a year later that she told me that there had been an oncologist in the operating room because they had thought she may have cancer, and that she had already determined that had they found cancer, she was not going to undergo treatment. This was over ten years ago, when treatments were not as advanced as they are now. My heart sank when she told me, and I hung on to that feeling and mulled over what it would have been like for both of us – I could not let it go. That’s how Megan’s Way was born.
What was the underlying theme you sought to impart to your readers?
There are so many. I think it is important that we do something in life that we enjoy, and that we make decisions based on what we feel is best in our own individual circumstances, rather than what others think is best. In this case, Megan thought that prolonging her death would, in the end, be more treacherous to Olivia than her passing on sooner and more quickly, and her decision was made. Forgiveness, belief in one’s self, the depths of friendship, and cherishing each moment as we live it – that’s what I was going for.
Did your own lifestyle influence the book in any way?
In some ways, yes. I paint, and therefore wanted Megan to live a very artful lifestyle, hence the art shows and flea markets. I think instincts are overlooked far too often, and that’s why I gave Megan a sixth sense with Olivia. If we are open to them, I believe these lines can become strong within our own minds. I cherish the few close friends that I have, and felt it was important to show their feelings toward Megan’s death.
Do you believe in life after death?
This will either turn off my readers or entice them. The truth is: yes, I do believe in a certain type of life after death. I do believe one has a certain amount of time to reach out and touch our loved ones. Weird, I know – but that’s me.
With six children, when do you find time to write?
I had to wait until my youngest was in school full time, and then I wrote for six hours each day, but Meagan’s Way wasn’t my first novel. My first novel was The Knowing, which has not come to print yet. Megan knocked on my door, and I had to let her in and set down The Knowing for a bit. I continued to write while my children are in school and after they go to sleep at night, or while they are doing homework otherwise busy.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my second novel, Chasing Amanda, a mystery with a paranormal twist about Tracey Potter, a seven-year-old girl who is abducted, and one woman’s desperate search to find her. Molly Tanner has had visions all her life, but never have they been this horrifying, unveiling images of a young girl being held captive. Guided by her visions, she weaves her way through the secret cavities of people’s lives, creating upheaval in the small town when dark secrets are exposed.
May readers contact you? Are you available to speak with book clubs?
Absolutely! I love to meet and chat with readers. They can contact me through my website(s):
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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm.