About Me

Megs_hummingbird blueI can honestly say the scariest part of publishing my first novel was trying to find people to read it. Of course I had plenty of friends who were eager to help, but I wanted unbiased individuals to tell me like it was. I want my work to be my best and I want to know when it’s not. With that said, I decided what better way to make not only my blog worth while, but also to get myself out there in the self-publishing/indie world than to start reviewing, and that’s where Turn The Page Book Blog came in; However, as of October 2013 TTP and Megan McCooey.com has been merged into one website, which is where you are at now. All of the content is here, so please have a look around.

Now that we have all that squared away, let me actually tell you a little about ME. I have a BS and an MS in criminal justice. I love studying criminal behavior… it’s so fascinating, So there will probably always be at least a hint of this in my writing.  I work as an adult probation & parole officer and I can say this…It’s always interesting and exhilarating work.
I grew up in New England… close to the beach, eating seafood, practically from the day I was born. I typically can’t go to a restaurant without ordering some variation of it and when you get me back to my stomping grounds, I am pretty much out of control. My husband actually thinks it’s an addiction. LOL!
I currently live in North Carolina, close to  UNC Charlotte and uptown (it’s not called downtown here, lol!) with my husband and our babies: our tortious shell & calico cat Cassi, our two wonderful rescues, Bailey & Madison and our sweet little papillion, Emma. The best part about living in North Carolina; I have the mountains 2 hours to the west and the beach 3 hours to the east…how can you beat that?
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Reading is one of the things that got me to where I am today. I know that may sound crazy, but if you ask the small group of friends who have known me since birth, they will attest to this as well. When I was young I latched onto reading as an outlet and somehow it became just that. So while my walls were closing in, the screaming was growing louder, and the pain became more visible, I turned to my books and they SAVED MY LIFE! I think it was the idea that I could connect to the characters and pretend to be someone else…somewhere else, anywhere but in my own life. Over time this avid love for reading became like a mentor who never stopped showing me that I could have more, that I deserved more…My love for reading was something I both flaunted as well as hid over the years. It truly is my dirty little vice, and unless you’re an avid reader, it’s not always easy to understand -a love for…books? YES! Today I would scream it from my rooftop… I LOVE TO READ!!

Ahhh, so now that we have deduced that I am crazy about books, let me tell you I have an eclectic taste when it comes to reading and I can go from a YA novel to Dean Koontz, to A Dog’s purpose, to paranormal, all in a day’s time… I tend to get wrapped up in characters in the books I enjoy, and I hate to see a good book end, which is why I looove series.
As for my writing, I write from the heart. I experienced a lot of life lessons in my teen years, and this is when my love for reading manifested into my love for writing, which is probably why I love to write YA. I can relate (on a very real—very raw level) to a lot of the things my characters go through, which I believe is not only good for my writing, but therapeutic for me as well. As my characters work through their problems; stumble around and try to make sense of all the pain, as they learn the lessons they must learn—I learn too. I learn to let go of some of the things I’ve held onto for years—some of my own pain, and even some of the “why me” questions I struggle with.
I plan to dabble in other things, but I thoroughly enjoy this genre both in terms of reading and writing.  So please feel free to check out all of my available and upcoming books.
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If you have any questions or comments about me or my writing, please feel free to email me at author@meganmccooey.com
If you are interested in having me review your book, please read my review policy.

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