I was tagged by my friend and critique partner Lianne Simon who is the fantastic author behind Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite.

What is your working title of your book?
Butterfly with Broken Wings.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was faced with my own chronic illnesses, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the lives of many others, especially children who were bedbound and had lost their school friends. Children find it hard to visit their friend in bed when they are used to running with them in the playground. I wanted to raise awareness about a controversial and underfunded illness and disability in general.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s contemporary Young Adult.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A young Michelle Trachtenberg would play Amelia, and Jake T. Austin would play Matt.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
When chronic illness leaves ambitious seventeen-year-old artist, Amelia, bed-ridden, she must embrace her body's metamorphosis while fighting for her sanity, independence, and the boy she loves.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping to explore the traditional publishing route initially.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Two months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
While there are many books that explore teenage cancer and mental illness, which are both very worthy issues, I have encountered few that deal with the nature of chronic illness and physical disability in teenagers. This is the main reason why I really feel the book needs to be published, so that this stigmatised minority has a voice, so that these children have their stories heard.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Children and adults with chronic illness and disability who are asking for their story to be told.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is a coming of age story exploring what it means to be normal, what happens when your identity is stolen, the role friendship, true love, and God, the nature of disability, what it means to make a difference, the many guises of monsters, the significance of bullying and physical and mental abuse, the consequences of taking the easy way out, and what happens when you have nothing left.

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Thank you for reading.