Xlibris Publishing introduces Meg Duly, author of The Song series of novels.
Please briefly describe your books.
My “Song” series is: The Other Side of the Song, Truth is the Song, & Sons of the Song. The books are a running story about a very unlikely family coming together. There are four little girls who society has seen fit to do no more than assign them to foster care. One has terrible physical disabilities. She was left in the sink in a gas station bathroom where she was born. One was brought to Children Services by a family member posing as a neighbor. Her behavior was beyond control. The third was a mentally delayed child, born addicted to drugs and found starving and dehydrated a week after her mother died of an overdose. And finally Missy was sexually trafficked and nearly killed by her mother, an aging prostitute looking for money for her own drug abuse. The foster home run by Christopher, Meg, and Dr. Page Everett gives these girls a glimmer of hope for a future.
Meanwhile on the other side of town, separated by the fame and fortune on Nashville’s country music stage, the powerful music duo of Abby and Powell are creating their own love story, greatly hindered by racism and religious bigotry. The books are full of faith, laughter and tears. There is also grave danger from a drug lord, pimp and vengeful characters interested only in satisfying their own selfish desires.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject a style?
Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg and Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy got me to actually put pen to paper. I have just joined the Atlanta Writers Collective, a dynamic writers’ critique group. A few weeks with them have raised my skills more than any book or lecture or even experience could do.
Though none of the characters in my books represent actual clients I work with, they do represents the sad problems I work with daily. I am a Clinical Social Worker working with children primarily on Medicaid in a depressed area of Atlanta.
What inspired you to write your books, and how long did it take you to finish writing?
There were bits and pieces of movies and books that, as a teenager, I acted out in my bedroom at night. I am an incessant “ham”. There is also my own love story with John and combining our two families. We now have five children, none are stepchildren. My books are also inspired by my love of Country Music from the days of long ago, listening to The Grand Ole Opry on Grandma’s radio.
It took one year for each book.
Are you working on a sequel?
Yes, the sequel, A Song for the Age, is in progress. I took a break to work on a three part historical fiction, also a work in progress.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I have done articles for literary organizations and interviews on radio. I am constantly doing book signings. I got my books in Georgia libraries and in stores around our home and our mountain cabin. I constantly make contacts with media folks from here and in Nashville, the setting of the books. My readers have told me my books are powerful and they were unable to put them down. My granddaughter used the term, “awesome”, but she is a bit prejudiced.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
My favorite part was holding my beautiful books in my hands.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
The power of prayer and redemption, the beauty of everlasting love, and the wisdom of little ones often thrown away by our society.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Get advice from other authors and be willing to say “NO!” to salesmen.
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