Today, as part of The Cornucopia of Dystopia event, we are excited to bring you an interview with the very clever Megan McCafferty, author of The Jessica Darling Series, and upcoming Dystopia, Bumped! If you'd like to read my review of Bumped, you can find it here.
The last time I answered this question I said: Only teens can get pregnant. So as not to repeat myself, I’ll say: Heathers meets The Handmaid’s Tale.
• What made you decide to write a dystopian novel?
Well, the truth is I didn’t set out to write a dystopian novel. Though there are certainly dystopian elements, I think BUMPED is more accurately described as satirical futuristic fiction. In any case, I didn’t focus on genre. I just thought about the story and the best way to tell it.
What sets your book apart from the other dystopians that are out there right now?
I think the humorous tone sets BUMPED apart. It can be unsettling for some readers who expect dystopian novels to be grim and some might argue that such a serious subject shouldn’t make you laugh. I think the humor makes this apocalyptic scenario even more horrifying.
• I really love the cover! Did you get any say in how it looked?
Me too! I had absolutely no influence on it. I love that it looks like nothing else on the shelves.
• How much did your own life experiences affect your writing?
Well, I certainly drew more from my own life when writing the Jessica Darling series. But everything in BUMPED is inspired by the real world. I did more than a year’s worth of research before I even started writing (you can go to my Goodreads page and look for my “research for bumped” shelf) because I wanted even my craziest notions to be rooted in truth.
• Are you working on anything now? Can you tell us about it?
I’m working on the sequel to BUMPED--I hope you don’t have to wait too long for it! There won’t be a third book, so no worries about another cliffhanger. As for what comes next, I’m not sure. I just hope whatever it is has an audience eager to read it.
Thanks so much, Megan for answering our questions! I know there are a TON of people anxious to get their hands on your book!
Bumped releases May 1, but you can pre-order it now!