Today, we bring you part 2 of our exclusive Q&A with The Madman’s Daughter author Megan Shepherd. If you missed it, check out part 1 here.
What other sources of inspiration did you draw on for The Madman’s Daughter — and its sequels?
The Madman’s Daughter and its sequels draw on many common themes and tropes in gothic literature. Elements from Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, and Jack the Ripper stories might be recognizable in their pages. I was also heavily inspired by the TV show LOST. That’s what made me first want to write an island mystery!
The ending of Madman’s Daughter isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but it definitely leaves the reader aching for more! Can you give us a hint of what’s to come in the sequel?
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I’ll say that even though Juliet survives, she’s still plagued by nightmares—some more real than others—and that certain people from her past might return to make a reappearance. The sequel takes place in London in wintertime, which provides a great creepy juxtaposition from the steamy island.
You also have another trilogy coming next year, called The Cage. Can you tell us a bit about it?
The Cage is a YA sci-fi (though as I like to say, light on the “sci” and heavy on the “fi”) about six teenagers placed in an elaborate “human zoo” by a super-intelligent humanoid alien race known as the Kindred. The main character is no stranger to captivity; her troubled past makes her determined to escape, even though they aren’t certain what happened to Earth, or if they can ever even return, or what the real reason is the Kindred have taken them.
It’s obviously quite different from The Madman’s Daughter series, but I think it has the same blend of mystery, action, and romance. It also addresses a lot of the same philosophical questions about the line between man and animal.
Part three comes on Friday!