As a young woman at Peddie, Megan Miranda ’99 faced a difficult decision. “I had always loved writing when I was younger, but I also loved science, which seemed like the most practical career path to pursue at the time.” Practicality won out, and after graduating from MIT, Miranda went on to a career in biotech. While science was her chosen path, she still found herself drawn to unusual stories of unexplained scientific events.
When she moved to North Carolina with her husband and two children, Miranda began teaching high school science herself, and that experience put her back in touch with the elements of science that she’d always loved. “So when I finally set out to write that book I always said I would write, I gravitated toward all of these experiences: it had an unexplainable science element and it revolved around teens in high school. It felt like a really natural progression.”
This book was Miranda’s first novel, Fracture (2012). Since then, she has written seven page-turning suspense novels, including All the Missing Girls (2016), which was named a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.”
“Peddie encouraged me to broaden my interests and to take risks by pursuing different fields outside of my comfort zone,” she said. “I think I learned not to be afraid of failure, which is a really important lesson to have as a writer. Because people will always say no. But it taught me to frame a no not as a closed door, but as a 'not quite yet, but keep working.'”
To students interested in writing, she advised, “Read broadly and to write what you love. […] I think your individual interests, experiences, or viewpoints are what will make your writing voice and your story perspective really stand out.”