December 14, 2012

Interview/Giveaway - Find You In The Dark by A. Meredith Walters

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

Well, my family and I just moved from the states to England. I spent the last ten years as a counselor for children and teens but now am taking the time to do the stay at home thing and focus on my writing. It's a hard transition to make, but one I'm really enjoying. My latest book, Find You in the Dark was born out the stories I experienced first hand through my clients and through my loved ones. Bi-Polar disorder hits home for me and I've seen the havoc and destruction it can can unleash. But I've also seen the resilience and hope people have and that's what made me want to write this book. I wanted to show that every one deserves their normal. Though not at the expense of those they love.

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?

I have been writing, literally my entire life. I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing. My first book was one I submitted for a contest in the second grade. It was about two lazy lions. But I wrote my first full length novel when I was fourteen. I was a serious vampire junkie. The Vampire Diaries had just been released and I devoured the series. I was addicted to L.J. Smith and R.L Stein. Anything supernatural had my interest. So the book was invariably about a group of vampires living in a small town. I wrote the whole thing in three spiral bound notebooks. I think one of my best friends from high school still has it somewhere...

Who is your literary hero?

Toni Morrison, without a doubt. I love her writing style. I remember reading Beloved and Song of Solomon in college and I was immediately pulled in by her amazing characters. Her plots are ugly. They're raw and dark. They make you think. But at the end of it, you come away learning a little something about yourself and about the world. You can't help but admire and respect an author who can make you think like that.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Structured, talkative, open-minded.

What was your inspiration for the book?

I had lots of inspirations. Some personal, some professional. I have loved ones that suffer from the illnesses described in this book. I've seen first hand how difficult their struggle is. As a counselor I worked with children/teens and their families as they tried to create their own normal. Witnessing the difficulties they faced was humbling. It was hard going into such a dark place to write Maggie and Clay's story. There were times when I almost didn't finish it. It depressed me. I found myself thinking that there was no way they could have a happy ending. Their reality was almost too much at times. But the more I delved into their heads, the more hopeful I became. I worked with a child for five years who suffered from severe emotional and behavioral issues. Many other professionals said the likelihood of this child living a normal and healthy life was slim to none. That the child would most likely end up institutionalized. But the child's parents never gave up. I worked with this child every day for five years and saw that hope is never lost. That love and support do matter. That change can happen, even if its small. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that these struggles, the every day battles for people with mental health issues is hard to see but they deserve love as much as anyone else. And that they CAN have their happy ending.

What do you normally like to read when not writing?

I'm a sucker for paranormal romances. I love Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison. I was really into the Anita Blake series for a while, but it got a little out there, even for me. And I grew up LOVING L.J. Smith.

Describe your main character in six words.

Maggie is Loving, strong, naive, stubborn, blind, loyal.

What are you working on now?

I've just completed a new contemporary romance called Bad Rep, which is out at the end of the month. It is very different from Find You in the Dark. I needed a little levity before plunging back into things with Maggie and Clay. I've also completed a novella about Rachel and Daniel that will be released early 2013. And then the sequel to Find You in the Dark, Light in the Shadows, is scheduled for a February or March release.

What scene was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the moments when Clay and Maggie were getting to know each other. Their day out swimming. Their coffee date. They had so few “happy” moments, that I enjoyed writing the ones they did have. I also enjoyed writing the Fall Formal scene. Even though there was angst and drama going on. I loved that it was the point when Clay and Maggie came clean with each other. That they finally allowed themselves to follow their hearts, wherever that may take them.

What scene was the hardest for you to write?

God, there are so many. The scene after the party when Clay loses it. Maggie's reaction and finding out about the depth of Clay's illness was difficult. I literally had to walk away while writing the cutting scene. It was an ugly, raw point in the book that was extremely hard to write. Clay was not a pretty character. His break downs were violent, horrible things. The way he took Maggie with him into the pit of his hell was difficult to write on so many levels.

Cat or Dog? Cat
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice Cream
Heels or flats? Flats
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot tea
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Movies at home
Soda or Juice? Soda
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Actual book or eReader? Actual book
Actual book or Audiobook? Actual book
Spring or Summer? Spring
Fall or winter? Fall
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short sleeves
Young Adult or New Adult? New Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolves all the way!
Ghost or Zombies? Ghost
Action movies or Chick flicks? Chick flick
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Horror movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Mountain views

About A. Meredith Walters...
I've been writing since I was a little kid. I've always gotten lost in the stories going on in my head. I've just finally started doing something more than thinking about them.

I'm the author of Irresistible Fear, the first in a paranormal romance trilogy about a girl and her demon boyfriend. I have also recently published my first contemporary romance book Find You in the Dark. A dark story about the love between a girl and boy with bi-polar disorder. I have an upcoming contemporary romance called Bad Rep, to be released before the end of the year.

I spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. My former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of my writing.

I recently moved to England and am trying to get used to driving on the other side of the road, eating fish and chips and all things British :-)

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades...normal life.

Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.

Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.

That together, they could face the world.

But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.

We have a copy of FIND YOU IN THE DARK to giveaway! This is an ebook copy so it's open international, as long as you have a way to read the book.

To enter all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment below. Good Luck!


  1. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. This sounds like a really promising read! I always find it interesting to read about scenes that gave the author difficulties. It's not always easy!

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  3. Really looking forward to reading this. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  4. I've heard good things about this book...I'm excited to read it, it is def going on my TBR list! Thank you for the interview and the giveaway.

  5. The cover immediately caught my eye. I have been hearing about how touching this book was from GR. I would love to read it!

  6. I really like the cover, and the synopsis sounds good. Mostly, I really loved the author interview. They are always (well, most of the time) rewarding to read. Thanks for everything!

  7. WOW! This sounds like it's going to be a great read!!! The blurb leaves just enough to be a mystery that has me definitely intrigued. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. This book sounds great! I added it on Goodreads. While I was there, I read through some of the reviews. It sounds like a very intense and emotional story - can't wait to read it :)


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  10. I love paranormal romances and vampires as well! I haven't read the Vampire Diaries books yet but of course I love the show! This book sounds great although I admit if it made you as the author too depressed to finish it at times, I'm worried I'll be so depressed reading it! LOL The scenes where Clay and Maggie get to know each other do sound cute. I hope they eventually get to their happy ending even through all the tough times they have to get through.

  11. How come I haven't heard about this book? Was I stuck in a cave or something? Anyway, I can't wait to read Find You in the Dark now!

  12. Syliva Fantastic ! looks like an amazing read !

  13. This is the first I have heard of this book but it sounds like a great read. The title and cover are very eye catching!

    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

  14. This sounds like a wonderfully dark read.

    I always like author interviews, we get a lot of info about the background she has to write it.

    The cover is beautiful - tense and emotional but also hopeful the way they're clinging to each other:)

  15. This sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  16. This sounds interesting. Added to my tbr list!

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  17. This looks beautiful and I would love to read it. Thank you for sharing about yourself, Meredith. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  18. FIND YOU IN THE DARK does look like such a great read thank you.


  19. This books sounds so heartbreakingly amazing <3
    I'd love to read this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


    Angela (:

  20. The cover looks great, and is definitely an attention getter. The book sounds really good, and I'm happily adding it to my book list. Thanks for the contest.

  21. I can't wait to read this book. it sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  22. Wow, that seemed really intense to write it. I am impressed. I can't imagine what it took out of you to write.

  23. The inspiration for this is interesting, especially for a YA novel...I'm curious to see how the relationship plays out as well as the idea of being dependent on someone else to make you happy.


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