Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour because I was so pleasantly surprised by this book and I highly recommend it! And I was lucky enough to have Meg join me here for a small interview so you can all get to know her a bit better!
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Title: At the Corner of Magnetic and Main
Author: Meg Welch Dendler
Published: September 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Penny had been stuck in the same diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Her diner was comfortable and safe. Serving ice cream to those who dropped in on their way to the next level of existence, she helped to ease their transition into The Light, the one place she can’t go. Her afterlife was perfect.
But when the ridiculously handsome, bad boy biker Jake Thatcher shows up and becomes stuck as well, Penny rediscovers feelings that she thought had been buried with her body.
Life is still life, and love is still love. But was her existence really perfect, or was it something else entirely?
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This book totally took my by surprise! I am not a romance person at all, so when I read the synopsis about “bad boy biker Jake Thatcher,” I was slightly concerned that there might be a bit too much romance in store for me. But that definitely was not the case. This story was both funny and heartwarming and definitely not romance heavy. I found myself feeling like I was right there in the diner, having a bowl of ice cream with Penny and Jake. I really enjoyed the writing style and I loved all of the characters. Also, at one point Jake quoted the TV show How I Met Your Mother, and anyone who quotes Barney Stinson is OK by me. I was actually disappointed when I reached the end of this book, because I wanted to spend more time with the characters in their cozy little world. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Meg’s next book, because I have found a new author whose storytelling I absolutely love!
Hi Meg! Thanks so much for the interview! Tell us a little bit about “At the Corner of Magnetic and Main.” Where did you get the idea for it? Are there real life people or places that inspired you?
The idea came from the actual diner that sits at the corner of Magnetic Street and Main Street in my town of Eureka Springs. I mentioned how great the food was and where it was located on our Facebook page, and a friend said that it would make a good book title. I started on the “what-ifs” of what that story would be about, and I was off and running. The characters in the story are all fictional, but all of the locations in town that are mentioned are either real or closely based on real places.
Cool! That diner sounds awesome! There were a couple of scenes that made me laugh out loud and some that really warmed my heart. What is your favorite scene in the book?
I love many of them, but I think the scene with Angelina the Magnificent is one of my favorites. It was the first scene I actually wrote in detail. The character herself was inspired by my author/artist friend Angela Larsen, who suggested that the location of the diner would make a good book title. Overall, it’s kind of a quiet book, but Angelina kicks everything up a notch.
Yes, Angelina caused quite a stir in this story! This is your first time writing an adult novel. How has it felt to branch out and try something new?
You know, I wrote articles for magazines and websites for years, so writing adult material is nothing new. I think it’s all about the story. Once you know what the story is and who it is for, then you know the audience and what level to write for. Marketing-wise, it is trickier because everything with my books has been geared toward a kid-centered audience. And I’m not done with the Cats in the Mirror series, so there’s more on that front to come. I also have two more adult novels in the works. You just have to jump up and meet each challenge where it is and do what it requires. Going back to the fourth book in my kid’s series after editing on At the Corner of Magnetic and Main was tricky. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn’t write the same kind of long, complicated sentences. The story is always the thing. You just have to adapt exactly how you tell it to meet the readers where they are.
Alright, now for a couple random questions so the readers can get to know you…and because it’s fun! What would I find if I visited the space where you do your writing? Are you someone who functions better in order or in chaos?
I need order and absolute silence. No music. Nothing. I’m easily distracted. My office is a bit cluttered. There are always tubs of books and sofas covered in stuffed toys that I collect, but I have my back to all of that when I’m writing. I try to keep my desk as orderly as possible, but if I’m in the middle of a first draft, there are going to be little slips of paper and sticky notes everywhere while I pull it all together. There’s probably a cat in the room (we have four), and my dog is most certainly lying across the doorway, on guard.
I need to work in silence, too. I get distracted way too easily. What would you do if you found yourself as a ghost stuck in this world like Penny and Jake? Would you go exploring or find a nice place to settle down?
I know I would find a nice place to settle down. Okay, maybe I would explore a bit first, but Penny and I are very alike in that we prefer to be calm and quiet and at home. If I had my way, I’d only ever leave the house for the grocery store and book events.
Sounds just like what I would do! And we can’t forget one of the most important questions….What is your favorite flavor of ice cream???
You know, I hate to admit it, but I’m not a big fan of ice cream. Maybe because my teeth are really sensitive. When I was a kid, I would save my pennies and ride my bike up to Baskin Robbins and get a daiquiri ice on a sugar cone. It was a big treat. When I have those craving moments now, it is usually for vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and peanuts and M&M’s. I just have to chew carefully.
I’m a classic chocolate ice cream fan myself. It was fun to see your answers to all of my questions! Thanks so much for joining me, Meg!
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