The Rise of Delilah
Q&A with Meagan Dux.
Below are some questions Dani asked about my debut novel. It’s a great way to get a better understanding of the story. I hope you enjoy the questions and my answers to them :)
* TROD is the abbreviation for The Rise of Delilah
What is the recommended reading age for this novel?
Due to the topics included in the novel (mainly the referencing of drugs and alcohol) readers should be aged 15+. This novel is a Young Adult/New Adult novel, but I've had people aged 19 - 30 read it, and they've loved it, so as long as you're over 15, you'll (hopefully) enjoy it! :)
How did you come up with the idea for The Rise of Delilah?
As I mentioned in my previous Q&A, when I have ideas for books, they come from nowhere. I won't be focusing on a particular idea, but sometimes something like a song, or seeing a person do something inspires me, and an idea will form. For this novel, I was thinking about how a 21-year-old would cope with the demands of life while trying to keep herself afloat. I also wanted to focus on family and boyfriend/friend relationships. After I had an overall idea of what I wanted for this novel, I found that everything just fell into place and I was able to write the complete manuscript fairly quickly.
Why was Perth selected as your novels location?
I picked Perth as the setting for this novel as I was born and raised there. Perth is breathtaking, and it felt like it was the perfect place for my story to be set. I’ve read quite a few novels that are set in Sydney or Melbourne, so I thought Perth needed a chance to shine too!
What was the inspiration behind the characters mentioned in the novel?
I always knew Delilah was going to be the primary focus, and without the other characters, there’s no story. I wanted quite a large focus on Cam (Delilah's boyfriend) and Delilah’s family, so that’s why I made sure I included them a number of times. While there are many different characters I found it wasn’t overwhelming, without all of these people, the novel wouldn’t be as relatable as I believe it is.
How long did it take to write TROD?
About three months. That’s without editing it. If I include the editing process, it took me just under a year.
What was your favourite part about writing TROD?
Seeing the novel come together was amazing, but I'd have to say my favorite part was bringing the characters to life. I really love this story, and I'm so passionate about sharing it with the world. I put my heart and soul into this novel, so I hope my readers see and feel that connection, and I hope they feel like they're apart of the journey too.
What inspired you to pick Delilah as the main character?
I knew from the get-go that Delilah was going to be a character unlike any other. I wanted a strong focus on a 21-year-old who has no idea what she wants to do with her life (which is relatable), but I also wanted a strong focus on the elements and situations that make Delilah who she is. I think she is such an incredible character, she really deserves her own novel and I can't wait for you to meet her and see what she has to offer.
Why did you want to share her journey?
Delilah has quite an extraordinary journey that I wanted to share with the world. It's quite different from other 21-year-olds journeys, and I found this kind of story was missing from the market, so that was a major influence when it came to deciding to share her journey. She goes through a lot, and she learns a lot about herself, which I believe makes her journey extra special.
What do you admire about Delilah?
I love her courage and her bravery, and I admire how headstrong and determined she is. Without giving anything away, I find her journey to discover herself and fight for something she wants inspiring. I also love how passionate she is about music. She's also very loving, especially towards her family and her boyfriend, I admire that.
Do you think Delilah is relatable?
I think her journey, and her personality, is relatable, and from the few people who have already read TROD, Delilah is definitely a character that is easy to connect with. Some of my readers see themselves in Delilah, which I think is beautiful.
How would you describe Delilah in three words?
Courageous, strong, and talented.
Will you write about Delilah again?
You’ll have to wait and see ;)
Will you write a novel for any of the other characters in TROD?
At this stage, no. I did consider writing a novel based on Dakota, Delilah’s sister, and possibly a few more characters, but after much consideration, I decided not to go with these ideas. For now, I’m focusing on my next novel, but maybe one day I’ll come back to those ideas.
What was the inspiration behind your cover?
At first, I had no idea for my cover design. Once I knew my novel was getting published I had to design something. I asked some of my friends, and they suggested incorporating the ‘rise’ theme. After talking with my designer, I sent her some terrible mocks, and she worked her magic. We went back and forth for a couple of days before settling on the final design. She then finalised the design before sending it back for the final approval. Once I approved it, it was sent to my publisher, who loved it too. We then moved forward with getting the blurb done, and the rest is history!
Why did you decide to self-publish?
I was hoping to get a contract with a publishing company, but I was always leaning towards self-publishing. I’d done my research, and self-publishing was making waves for indie authors who wanted to take a different path to getting their novels out into the world. I then met Karen, who is a Perth publisher. She told me about her scholarship program for self-publishing, and after we spoke and had a meeting, we instantly clicked and her vision for my novel blew me away. I made the decision to move forward with self-publishing immediately after. It just felt right, and I had a feeling it was the way I was meant to go. I’ve got a lot more control over my novel now, which is great! I’ve been guided by Karen, who understands the business and has had novels traditionally published, as well as self-publishing some of her novels. She’s been amazing at guiding me, and it’s encouraged me to keep pushing towards my dream of having my future work published. I owe a lot to Karen. She has been an incredible mentor, her passion for helping authors succeed is unlike anything I've ever experienced, and I am so thankful she is the one who is helping me make my dreams come true.
Can people get a personalised and signed copy of TROD?
Of course! I’d be happy to personalise/sign copies of TROD. Currently, pre-orders are open, so head over to the pre-order section on my website to get your hands on a copy.