Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!
Meet Chandler Baker:
You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.
Meet Her Debut Novel:
After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.
Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?
After all, the heart never lies...does it?
Chandler's debut sounds absolutely wonderful. Romantic and emotional, I feel like this might be the perfect beach read for this summer! Today Chandler answered some questions about herself and her book.
Interview with Chandler Baker:
Describe your book in five words or less.
Rips your heart out. Literally.
What’s your favorite part of being a debut author?
Getting to talk to readers. I got to do Teen Day at TLA this year and meeting and chatting with young people that love to read is just the absolute coolest. I don't think that will ever get old but it's a completely new experience for me.
What was your favorite thing about the first day of a new school year?
What inspired your book?
I was a bioethics major in college and I edited an article for our academic journal on organ transplantation. I'd read about some crazy phenomenon related to transplants--taking on likes and dislikes of the organ donor, personality traits, etc. I've always been so intrigued how closely related the physical and psychological aspects of the body are. Not to mention, I find chronic illness truly terrifying. It's the body turning against itself. Shouldn't you be able to trust your own body? Not always. That idea felt ripe for horror so I ran with it.
How did you find the YA debuts community?
Stalking Publishers Marketplace and randomly reaching out by email in the beginning! I remember I was dying to talk to anyone in the same position as me. Who was as awestruck and enthusiastic as I was about the upcoming journey. I was so lucky to find the Freshman Fifteens, Class of 2k15 and the Fearless Fifteeners. Plus, of course, there was Twitter, which can apparently be used not JUST for procrastinating but also for meeting some pretty cool folks ;)
Did you have to do any research for your book?
Yes! I read a lot of firsthand accounts of heart transplant patients about what it was like first waiting to find out whether they'd receive a transplant and then living post-operation. I also used a couple doctor friends to help me with the medical jargon and to check my medical charts that appear in the book. Finally, my husband is a huge music guru which became a big part of the book as I delved into the Seattle grunge scene and some of its storied past, so I made sure to lean on him to check my work.
What book have you cried the most while reading?
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
Oh goodness, I've been lucky enough to scratch off some pretty cool places from my bucket list recently--I had always wanted to go to Africa, which I did for my honeymoon. Right now I'm dying to go to Thailand or do a really rigorous hike somewhere like Patagonia.
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