Inaugural Interview: Sara Megibow, Literary Agent & Kat Brauer, YA Writer

The Madeleine Project is over the moon to debut with an amazing Agent-Author combo profile!

Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow is the Associate Literary Agent at Nelson Literary Agency––specializing in young adult, middle grade, romance, science fiction and fantasy with a special love for all things Dragon. Her projects include CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally, THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz, and GEEKOMANCY by Micheal Underwood, among others.

Kat Brauer

Kat Brauer is a writer of speculative YA and is represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency. Currently, she’s waiting to ship off to Boot Camp for the Navy, in which branch she’ll be employed as an Air Traffic Controller (maybe). She also lived on a beautiful island in Nagasaki prefecture from 2008 to 2012 where she taught English to elementary- and middle school students via the JET program. When she’s not writing, she bakes too many cookies, takes lots of photos, and gallivants through the Arizonan desert. Her current project is a secret, but you can find out more about Kat here!

Now, let’s see how they answered the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?

Sara Kat
My son––his smile, watching him play with friends, his first words, his interests and his hug. The list goes on. You know in Pirates, where Captain Jack says, “Wherever we want to go, we go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and sails; that’s what a ship needs. Not what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is, is freedom,” and then later, “Now bring me that horizon.” That’s happiness for me–chasing the horizon, going wherever.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?

Sara Kat
My favorite song is Graceland by Paul Simon. I remember hearing it a loooong time ago and it’s still my all-time song love.

Currently, my favorite song is “Carry On” by fun. I heard it right after I bought their album (after falling in love with “We are Young”, of course.)

Which talent would you most like to have?

Sara Kat
Being multilingual. How cool is that? I’d start with Hebrew and Spanish. I already speak a little French. Would then love to tackle American Sign Language, Arabic and Chinese with a solid dash of Portugese (my grandfather was fluent) and German (my husband was born in Germany) and Italian. I’d love to be able to play a musical instrument, particularly the cello. Alas, I don’t have the patience or time for it.

On what occasion do you lie?

Sara Kat
When talking about the prices of things I’ve bought. I rarely lie, actually. One of the tattoos I want is “I must not tell lies” on the back of my hand. But I suppose…when it’s absolutely necessary.

What is your favorite journey?

Sara Kat
Any time I step out my front door––just like Bilbo Baggins. I have extremely fond memories of tromping about Kashgar with my friend Kory in 2006.

What is your present state of mind?

Sara Kat
Excited. Somewhat frazzled. I’m very behind on my responsibilities right now! E-gads.

What is your motto?

Sara Kat
Celebrate at every opportunity – everything from a great mug of coffee to a huge book deal. Keep calm and carry on.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?

Sara Kat
Intelligence. Being well-read is a good second though. Good communication. It drives me bonkers if drama happens because people aren’t willing or able to talk with one another. I’d rather be honest and blunt than keep quiet and lose a friend due to bitterness down the road.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Sara Kat
I know, right? Just like every other teenager. Oh wait… “Yanno.” “Does that make sense?” “Holy guacamole.” “Are you serious?” “Sorry.”

Your favorite painting?

Sara Kat
Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp – it was the first painting I studied in Art History and that class opened my eyes to art appreciation.

Nude Descending a Staircase
Marcel Duchamp

How about a statue instead: “The Cathedral” by Rodin.

The Cathedral
Auguste Rodin

What is your favorite time of day?
Sara Kat
Morning for sure––for the sunshine and the coffee. Lunchtime!

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?

Sara Kat
Robin McKinley Mr Darcy, of course, are you kidding?

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?

Sara Kat
More travel––especially a great snorkeling trip with my husband and son. Great barrier reef perhaps? Or the Caribbean? Oh geez, there are so many things I would like to do, but honestly, I’m a pretty happy person. Perhaps making a very perfect bacon-maple ice cream.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?

Sara Kat
Family Cheese

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