Blogaversary Day 15: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel - Interview + Giveaway

**UPDATE: I'm SO sorry that I haven't posted, but I had a college interview that went got postponed and I was out of town, without access to my laptop. SORRY, guys. There will be two posts per day until we get back on track!**

HELLO (From the other side)

Today I have with me NYT bestselling author, Alyssa Sheinmel talking about her new release, Faceless, an AMAZINGLY ORIGINAL book about a girl who has a face transplant.

You can read my review here and buy it here

1. 3 Things You'd Give Up To Go To Your Favourite Fictional World:
My favorite fictional world is probably Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings, so I’d probably have to give up a lot of modern technology to get there (way more than three things!).  But I wouldn’t go anywhere unless I could take my little dog with me.

2. If you could have a different face, whose would it be?
This is such an interesting question!  There was definitely a time in my life when I would dissect my face and wish I had that model’s mouth or that actress’s cheekbones or that classmate’s eyes.  But cheesy as it sounds, I wouldn’t want to look like anyone but myself anymore. 

3. The One Book You Wish You'd Written:
I wouldn’t want to have written any of my favorite books, because then I would have missed out on reading them!  But the book I’m always most excited about writing is whatever my next new idea is. 

And now, moving on to your masterpiece:

4. What is the best thing a reader has ever said to you?
Since Faceless published, I’ve received a lot of emails and messages from readers.  I always love hearing what readers think of the book—they’ve told me that they loved it, asked if it might become a movie, if there will be a sequel, where I got the idea, and more.  But I received a note the other day from a girl who said that reading Faceless helped her through a tough time—that meant so much to me.

5. What was it like, researching a medical procedure that cannot have been done too many times (has it been done at all?) and what inspired you to write about it?
I honestly love working on books that require a lot of investigation.  Whether it’s looking into details about the place where a story takes place, familiarizing myself with a new genre, or—in the case of Faceless—learning about a rare medical procedure, I love when a story gives me a chance to learn something new.  Sometimes, I begin my research without meaning to—I’ll read an article or a book just for fun that touches on a topic that sparks a story idea.  And sometimes, it’s the other way around—with Faceless, for example, I spent years knowing that I wanted to write a book about a girl who was in a terrible accident, a girl who struggled to understand how much of who she was is tied to what she looked like.  But I never knew how I wanted to tell her story until my American editor shared an article about face transplants with me.  Suddenly, I had a story to tell and a new topic to research.  I was lucky enough to read various articles in-print and online about face transplants, and to have doctor-friends and friends-of-friends who were willing to answer my many, many questions about transplants.

6. Give us a Faceless expansion:
Figuring out who you are
After a terrible accident while running in
Early in the morning.  Suddenly your
Life has changed and
Everything is different as you
Struggle to accept your new reality and learn to

Survive – and thrive.

Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of several novels for young adults including Faceless and Second Star.  She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl.  Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College.  Alyssa now lives and writes in New York City.  Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaSheinmel or visit her online at

When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital.
The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.
Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. But with someone else’s features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks—and feels—like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was—a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognize herself.
New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel has created a gripping and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing yourself and the long, hard fight to find your way back.

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