To Lennon, With Love, the first full-length novel in the Meg’s With Love series, follows Lennon Hannigan, a twenty-something photographer who runs away from her life — including her boyfriend, Thomas — after losing her job. But everything changes when she receives a gift from her mother, who died when she was just a toddler. As Lennon alienates people she loves and discovers family she didn’t know she had, she has to choose between revisiting her mysterious past and developing a brighter future.
Will Lennon discover what it really means to have a picture-perfect life, or will she keep running away from the ones who love her most?
Title: To Lennon, With Love
Author: Meg Bliss
Publisher: Bliss & Ink Publishing
Date of Publication: TBA
Retail Price: TBA
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Meg Bliss is a women’s fiction author and blogger from Eastern North Carolina. In addition to fun, lighthearted novels that are realistic yet full of hope, she writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She has appeared in Inklette, Rust+Moth, Southern Women’s Review, Mary Jane’s Farm, and Unveiled Wife, among others. Her first poetry chapbook, The Little Universe, was published by dancing girl press in 2015, and her ebook on freelance writing is available to download for free here. Her nerdiest writer moment so far was getting nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “Stillborn.” She blogs regularly about writing, editing, and publishing — including how to survive it all without getting discouraged or losing hope — at TheLadyinRead.com.
When she’s not typing frantically with a cup of coffee by her side, you can find her reading, practicing the ukulele, and watching old sitcoms and superhero movies with her husband, cat, and baby-to-be.
A note from Meg:
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Most of all, thank you for reading!
- What inspired you to write the With Love series?
Toni Morrison said it best: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I’ve been writing for over two decades (I know, I know, I started when I was about five), but only recently did I start writing novels seriously. You know the friends you can go for months or years without talking to, but as soon as you get together for coffee, it’s like you never lost touch? That’s how I feel about my favorite books. I wanted to create books like that as love letters to women, as a way of saying, Hey, life is ridiculous sometimes. But I get it. I’ve been there, too.
- Why did you choose to self-publish?
I chose to independently publish the With Love series because I knew exactly what I wanted it to be, and I didn’t want to risk turning it into something it wasn’t. I have two novels and one novelette planned for the series so far, which I plan to self-publish as I seek representation for other projects.
- Are you working on any more books?
Absolutely! I’m currently writing a novel I’m very excited about, and there are a few more ideas incubating in the recesses of several notebooks. I want to get into writing more helpful nonfiction, too. You can currently download my first book in the Write Well Series, Ink Blots & Happy Thoughts: 20 Lessons Learned in My First Year of Freelance Writing, right here.
- Who are some of your favorite authors?
For novels, I love the women who know how to make me laugh and cry within a single book: Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner, Marian Keyes. Then there’s T.C. Boyle, who must be some sort of mystical word wizard. There are some fierce female poets out there, too. Sarah Kay and Sierra DeMulder have, I think, made poetry interesting for young people again, and I can’t live without this anthology or this one.
As far as nonfiction goes, I eat up spiritual memoirs and personal essays. Donald Miller, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Susan Isaacs, Beth Moore. I also love books with actionable ways to get from one point to another, such as The Art of Work by Jeff Goins and The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris.
Oh, and I’m making a conscious effort to read more indie books, too, especially those written by fellow writers I’ve connected with via social media. My “To Read” list will be never ending.
- How can readers connect with you?
Easily. Anyone who’s interested can sign up for my monthly newsletter or email me at MegBlissBooks@gmail.com (though I can’t promise immediate responses these days). There’s also Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the biggest enemy to my writing time, Pinterest.