Meghan Joyce Tozer is a writer, music historian, and lyric soprano born and raised outside Boston, Massachusetts. After earning a B.A. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, she moved to California to pursue a M.M. in voice performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology from UC Santa Barbara. Now she lives among the redwoods in San Francisco’s East Bay with her husband, their two young children, and their dog. Her debut novel, Night, Forgotten, came out in November 2022 and is available now wherever books are sold.
Night, Forgotten (published November 1, 2022): Night, Forgotten is “an artfully crafted story… that will leave readers gasping” (Library Journal), a poignant and page-turning psychological thriller about a young woman whose life changes in an instant, perfect for fans of “grip lit” like GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
Much of Meghan’s public writing has appeared under the pen name Emily Lindin, including her annotated middle school diary: UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir (Lerner, 2015). As the founder of The UnSlut Project, she’s advocated for survivors of sexual assault and abuse on platforms such as ABC with Katie Couric, CNN, The Doctors, Al Jazeera America, NPR, and at dozens of high schools and universities around North America.
Do you have any advice for new writers? Create boundaries around your writing time, and treat it as nothing less than sacred.
How long did it take to get Night, Forgotten published? Exactly five years. I wrote the first draft during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November 2017. The idea was to kick myself in the pants, and it worked. After countless drafts, working with two editors, and sharing the manuscript with a handful of “sensitivity” readers, I traditionally published Night, Forgotten on November 1, 2021, with W by Wattpad Books.
Where do you write? I do my best work by myself, surrounded by nature. At least once a year, I give myself a writing retreat at a remote cabin, where I can follow the creative spirit without distractions or interruptions. But most days, I write at home in my study, looking out to the redwood trees.
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