Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music.

Could you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?

  1. I am an excellent dancer. (Ask Jen L.)
  2. I used to be a general manager for an affiliate of the New York Mets.
  3. My thumbs are double jointed.
  4. Right now, I have conditioner on my hair, a pink shower cap on my head, and a heating pad on top of that. Home spa treatments, yo.
  5. My cat, Milo, is my muse.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I just thought it was something other people did, and that I could only dream of doing. Then my stubborn streak kicked in, and I decided it was my turn.

Hourglass, your first novel in the series, is told from Emerson’s point of view and in this book we have Kaleb narrating.  Why the switch?

Kaleb is one of the mouthiest characters I’ve ever dealt with – he was SO impatient to get out of my head. I never doubted that the story arc would be best served from his point of view, and I’ve never had so much fun writing dialogue in my life. Banter, he has it.

Was it difficult writing from another character’s point of view because you had already established Emerson’s voice?

No, because I could still hear Emerson, too, if that makes sense. She informed TIMEPIECE as much as Kaleb did, and her relationships were still developing, just off screen. I have some lovely deleted scenes, and scenes I wrote from her POV to make sure I was hitting the right emotional notes.

What is the difference between writing a first and second novel? Was it more difficult writing this novel?

My second book almost killed me? That’s the difference. There were more pressures, more expectations, and there was much less time. Yes, definitely more difficult.

What was your favorite chapter/scene to write and why?

I had a blast writing the first chapter. I was so in Kaleb’s head, and it poured out. Much like the first chapter of HOURGLASS, it’s barely changed. The first chapter of INFINITYGLASS, however, is in its sixth incarnation. And I’m on my fifth bottle of booze. (I’M KIDDING.)

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism is when people say I didn’t do my research. I busted my junk on research, as I do for every book I write. I know all kinds of things the readers don’t, just because I need the background to make the scene right. Best compliment is when people say my words are funny. I love making people laugh.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

On a beach. With a fruity drink, and a cabana boy who’ll talk plot as long as I want. Not that that’s ever happened, but a girl can dream.

What character do you relate most to?

Probably Em. The sarcasm as a defense mechanism is definitely aMyrathing, too.

If you could have lunch with one of your characters who would it be and why?

Kaleb. For alllllll the inappropriate.

What is easier to write: The first line or the last line?

The first. “Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate was a bad idea.”

What one YA novel do you wish you had when you were a teen?

Anything adventurous, like GRAVE MERCY by Robin LeFevers or SHADOW and BONE by Leigh Bardugo. I wasn’t very adventurous at all, and I’d have liked the possibilities those books give to their protagonists.

What are you working on now?

INFINITYGLASS, the next book in the HOURGLASS series! It’s in the fun stage, which means mourning and angst are right around the corner!

You can find Myra and all her mad skills on twitter, facebook,  Tumblr and Pinterest.   You can also keep track of all things Hourglass series related at Murphy’s Law Coffee, a fansite for all things Hourglass.

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Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

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11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?