Author Chat with Amalie Jahn (Phoebe Unfired), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Read on for more about Amalie, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Amalie Jahn!
USA Today Bestselling author Amalie Jahn is the recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut YA novel, THE CLAY LION. Her first YA contemporary, THE NEXT TO LAST MISTAKE, won the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in 2020. She is a contributing blogger with the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, as well as a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. A TED speaker, human rights advocate, and active promoter of kindness, she lives in the United States with her husband, two children, and three extremely overfed cats.
Meet Phoebe Unfired!
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Benson wasn’t always germophobic. There was a time she didn’t worry obsessively about rogue pathogens lurking on every surface, lying in wait to contaminate her. But that was before her brother Toby’s premature birth left him with underdeveloped lungs. Before she got Covid and infected him, putting his already fragile life in danger.
To protect Toby’s health in the years that follow, Phoebe dedicates herself to pathogen avoidance, refusing to touch any potential sources of contamination—handrails, doorknobs, vending machine buttons, and even other people—leading to an unintended life of seclusion. By the time she reaches high school, her only sources of respite are pottery class and her friendship with Walter, the elderly owner of the used bookstore where she works part-time.
Now Walter’s devised a plan to help Phoebe overcome her anxiety, and she must decide whether to continue isolating herself or risk everything initiating a friendship with the charming subway busker she can’t help but want to touch.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The catalyst for my own anxiety and germaphobia was my daughter's premature birth. It took me a long time to realize all the different ways trauma affects our mental health and even longer to figure out how to navigate daily life inside my new normal. PHOEBE UNFIRED is the culmination of many years of therapy and self-reflection, and I hope others who live with chronic anxiety, OCD, or phobias will find themselves reflected in Phoebe's story.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I should probably say Phoebe, but I'm gonna have to go with Walter. He encourages Phoebe to be the very best version of herself and to push beyond her comfort zone. We all need someone like Walter in our lives--a safe space to land when life gets too hard.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
For me, the novels always come first. I struggle with titles. It usually takes me months to come up with a satisfying one, and I've been known to crowdsource for ideas!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Patience. The industry is ridiculously slow and things take time. Instead of getting caught up in the days turning into months turning into years, I've learned to simply focus on the next thing I can control and keep writing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love that--despite donning a mask--you can still see Phoebe's hopeful expression.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I recently listened to I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal. I loved how different the voices were between the two characters and how each chapter pushed me into the next. It was so action-packed!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I'm currently drafting a middle-grade novel based loosely on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
Not that I can talk about!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
When I'm drafting, I love revising. When I'm revising, I love drafting.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
When I'm not drafting novels, I work as a grant writer for the nonprofit, Greater Charlotte Rise. We're working to not only provide for the unsheltered community here in Charlotte but toward ending housing insecurity in the city altogether. It's exhausting, emotionally and physically, but also extremely rewarding when I'm able to place an unsheltered family into permanent housing.
By: Amalie Jahn
Release Date: June 15th, 2021
Publisher: Bermlord Publications
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It is so wonderful to read a book with a main character with anxiety, written by someone who understands anxiety. Can't wait to read this one!