Perfect 10 Member Holly had a few questions for EC Myers…
Like many creative types, my mind works in strange ways. The tiniest thing can spark an idea: a misread word, an overheard line of conversation, an interesting article I read online. Some people call this inspiration, but I think my brain is just wired to make unusual connections that I can hopefully turn into stories people want to read. That said, I don’t know where the spark for Fair Coincame from, but it probably resulted from many of the books, movies, and TV shows I’ve consumed finally reaching critical mass in my subconscious and coming together in a surprising way, like life on Earth emerging from the primordial soup. One day an image flashed into my head of a boy wishing on a coin that changed the world around him in an expanding ripple. That was the idea, but the hard work came in trying to figure out what to do with it. Urging that small spark into a blazing fire of other ideas required discipline and collaboration from a lot of smart people who saw the potential in the story. So I guess the short answer is… luck.
Now here’s what Perfect 10 member Holly had to say about Fair Coin:
“Everyone in their lifetime has at least thought once “I wish” whether it be for something good or something bad to happen , but what we don’t think about are the consequences that would come with that wish coming true. “Fair Coin” brings that idea to life and makes you think about the phrase”be careful what you wish for ” because you never know what will happen once you make that wish. I read this book in under a day, because I was that hooked on the idea of what would you do if you had a magic coin that granted you wishes and I wanted to know what happened next so I couldn’t put it down for more than five minutes. This was such a great and fun book to read no matter how old you are , so if you have ever wondered “what if” read this you will soon find out.”-Holly, age 17, UK resident
Haven’t heard of Fair Coin? Here’s a bit about it (via Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more disturbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.
Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin—a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own.
The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted—if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.