Today, I’m interviewing Jacqueline Abelson and her book - Ya Book HEAR. You can buy her book on Amazon here for .99 cents. Be sure to check it out - even though I haven't had a chance to read it yet, it sounds fabulous!
Lots of people can hear, but how many really listen?
At the age of 17, Charlotte Goode has issues. Serious issues. Despite countless surgeries, her parent's panic attacks, and a well-meaning oncologist, a rare genetic disorder means Charlotte must live with recurring tumors. Life isn’t supposed to be this way.
And just as Charlotte is learning to cope, she gets some devastating news: Tumors are growing on her auditory nerves. But, the necessary surgery will leave her completely deaf.
With the operation scheduled in a month, Charlotte prepares herself for a world without sound. A world without the violin she loves, without her best friend’s laugh, and even without her boss’s irksome tone. Charlotte's on a mission to take it all in, while trying to hire a band to play a benefit concert. Will it be The Bond Boys or Lennox?
Counting down the days until everything goes silent, The Bond Boys’ lead singer, Ron Cam, sweeps Charlotte off her feet. He’s pure charisma. Then there’s Matthew Lovelace of Lennox , who captures Charlotte’s attention with his music and “that” voice.
What will she do?
Time is running out. Charlotte must find a way to leave the hearing world on a high note without missing a beat.
What compelled you to write HEAR?
In the summer of 2008, when I was fifteen–years–old, the TV morning news program, Good Morning America had a story about a woman named Jessica Stone, who – like Charlotte – suffered from neurofibromatosis type II. Jessica’s story was different from anything that I’ve ever heard of. She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when she was 15 and had more than 20 surgeries to remove the benign tumors that grew along her nervous system. She had an estimated 80 tumors throughout her body. After watching this women being faced with this unthinkable obstacle, was the sole inspiration for HEAR. I wanted a character who was just as strong as Jessica Stone who was able to overcome the impossible. It wasn’t that simple though. I began writing HEAR while I was on Coronado Island (in San Diego) and found myself putting my character in an environment where I took the sounds of the waves and the seagulls for granted. I just couldn’t imagine a world without sound, which made it more compelling to write.
Describe your heroine in three words.
Charlotte Goode: Cynical, impulsive and strong.
Describe you’re hero in three words.
Matthew Lovelace: Gangly, self–enclosed and sweet.
What’s your favorite part about the book?
My favorite part overall, was when Matthew takes Cahrotte out to McDonald's. But instead of going through to drive thru to order food, Matthew brings his guitar with him when he stops before the confirmation screen and begins singing his order. Writing that scene was just so fun, because Matthew goes out of his way of helping Charlotte experience something that is so simple yet so profound, that she remembers it when she becomes deaf. That was the moment too, where Charlotte realizes that Matthew really cares about her, and wants Charlotte to take away something from the hearing world before she leaves it forever. In a way, Matthew was giving Charlotte his own gift of sound.
About the author:
I was born and raised in Pasadena, California. I've been writing ever since I've been able to hold a pen or a pencil in my hands. Currently, I'm nineteen–years–old and will be attending Mount Holyoke College in the upcoming fall, where I'll be looking forward to studying literature, writing and psychology. Also, I'm a competitive swimmer.
Check her out on Goodreads.