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Daily Inspiration: Meet Meredith Tate

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Tate.

Hi Meredith, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer in some capacity. Growing up, I was always writing poems and short stories wherever I could–on the notepad behind the cash register at the corner store where I worked in high school, on our family’s desktop computer, anywhere! I wrote my first novel in college, but it didn’t go anywhere. I kept writing, and after grad school, I wrote my second novel at night when I got home from work. I kept at it, racking up around 400 rejections. After selling three books to publishers on my own, I signed with my amazing literary agent in 2018 and sold my next two books to Penguin Random House. I have way too many book ideas and imaginary friends to keep track of, and I hope to write many more! I feel so honored that I get to work my dream job–I love being an author!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were some bumps along the way, most notably, the 400 rejection letters! Publishing is certainly an industry that forces you to have a thick skin. I learned from the rejections and forced myself to stick with them. Some days were harder than others, and there have been times I wanted to quit. But I don’t think I could stop writing if I wanted to. I love it too much!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an author of YA (young adult) books in all different genres!

THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY (Penguin Teen, 2020) is probably the work I’m most proud of. It’s a symbolic feminist murder mystery about two estranged sisters, Autumn and Ivy. When Autumn is beaten and left for dead, her soul leaves her body as a ghost with three days to solve her attempted murder and save herself before she dies, but the only person who can see or hear her is her sister, Ivy, whom she hasn’t spoken to in three years. I love this book so much–it features so many of my favorite tropes, takes place in my hometown of Concord, NH, and talks about a current issue that’s important to me. However, honestly, I’m proud of all my books. There’s a piece of me in everything I’ve written.

SHIPPED (Penguin Teen, 2021) is a romcom I described as “You’ve Got Mail” at Comic-Con; Stella and Wesley are bitter rivals who hate each other and are competing for the school valedictorian title and the massive scholarship that comes with it. But they don’t realize that they’re both mega fans of the same sci-fi show, and when they meet anonymously online in a fan forum for the show, they start to fall in love online, as their rivalry and sabotage amps up in real life.

FREEDOM TRIALS (Page Street, 2018) is a dystopian story about a teen prison inmate, Evelyn, serving time for a crime she doesn’t remember committing because she wiped it from her memory. Evelyn must choose between following the rules to win her freedom or secretly uncovering details of the crime that got her there. When she learns she can go free if she completes a series of dangerous trials, she’s thrilled–until she meets a new prisoner, Alex, who knows the truth about her past. With her freedom and her life on the line.

THE RED LABYRINTH (Flux, 2019) is a fantasy story about an outcast girl named Zadie who lives in a desert town on the edge of a massive, mysterious labyrinth that no one has ever survived. When her best friend, the town hero, disappears inside the maze and everyone in town suddenly forgets his existence. She must team up with a villain to enter the labyrinth and survive its deadly tricks and mind games or lose her friend forever if she doesn’t die first.

MISSING PIECES (Omnific, 2015) is a dystopian romance about two childhood best friends who fall in love, despite being assigned to be with other people, in a world where life partners are assigned at age six. I hope to add to this list some day.

What do you think about luck?
I think a lot of the luck in this industry is about writing the right book at the right time. It’s a crapshoot!

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Image Credits
Author photo: Jon Siegel Shipped cover artist: Ursula Decay Shipped cover design: Kristie Radwilowicz The Red Labyrinth cover design: Jake Nordby The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly cover design: Dana Li Freedom Trials cover design: Kylie Alexander

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