Publication date: May 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.
When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Favorite TV Show?
~X-Files. Though I have recently become addicted to Once Upon a Time.
Best Movie You’ve Watched Recently?
~I know this is technically not a movie, but they’re movie length, so I’m going with the 3rd season of the BBC’s Sherlock. Loved it! (But waiting for the next season may kill me!)
~Do book characters count at celebrities? Because I don’t really crush on real-life celebrities (though Ian Somerhalter is nice to look at!). But in reality, Jem from the Infernal Devices is much more swoon-worthy to me!
Cats or Dogs?
~Either. I love animals. But I’d love a dog right now!
Thai or Chinese?
~Thai. Bring on the peanut sauce!
Can you tell us about your book Surrender the Sky in 15 words or less?
~Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love. (17 words…close enough? J).
What was your favorite scene to write?
~I can’t say much without some serious spoilers, but it involves some kissing. And mistaken identities. And some really pissed off twins.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
~When Gabby tells Nathan (her former roommate and kind-of-enemy) that her best friend knows he’s a Sary. It was pretty funny, and well, I was bummed when a shift in the storyline made it impossible to keep.
Is this a standalone or will there be a sequel?
~There are three stand-alone titles in this “series” (Colors Like Memories, The Chemistry of Fate, and Surrender the Sky). They all loosely tie together, with a fourth book that will bring all the different books together. They don’t have to be read in any particular order.
Do you have a favorite quote from the book?
~I don’t have a favorite exactly, but this one makes me smile: “He smiled, just a little, but it unwound some part of me deep inside. He should have died uglier—lots uglier. It would have made resisting his question easier.”
Did any music inspire you while writing Surrender the Sky?
~I am constantly listening to music while writing. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri definitely made me think of this book, Jassen in particular, while writing.
Are there any hunky new book boyfriends that readers can look forward to in Surrender the Sky?
~I hate to say this, but Jassen is mine. LOL! Okay, really, I kind of like him—he’s on the quiet side, but definitely has book boyfriend material, imho.
Are you currently working on anything else?
~The fourth book in the Sary Society series, which ties together all of the storylines from the other books. (This may kill me!) Along with an alien adventure story, and a time-travel book that I’m revising. I always have few books I’m in the middle of!
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
~Just one? I don’t know if I can pick! Hmm, I really rather enjoyed Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock though—lots of fun to read!
What is currently in your TBR pile?
~Far more books than I’ll ever manage to get to! But, right now, Anna and the French Kiss will probably be the next thing I pick up. How have I not read it yet?!?