Saturday, 24 December 2011

Author Interview + Giveaway: Wendy Wunder, The Probability of Miracles

Hello all! Today I have the lovely Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles, on the blog today. She's kindly agreed to answer some questions for us, so I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her! There'll also be a chance to win a copy of The Probability of Miracles at the end, so stay tuned for that.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Released: December 8th 2011
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Read chapters 1-5

Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.
(from Goodreads)


Hi Wendy, thanks so much for joining us!

So nice to be here!! Thanks for inviting me.

Can you tell us a bit about The Probability of Miracles?

The Probability of Miracles is about Cam Cooper, an 18 year old girl whose disease has progressed to the point where nothing but a miracle could save her. So her mother searches for a miracle and hears of a town called Promise, Maine, where strange, miraculous phenomena are said to occur. They pack up and drive there to see what happens.

Why did you decide to write The Probability of Miracles?

When I was eighteen, I remember feeling like my life was going to end. Because I couldn’t envision my future. At all. It was black. So I thought I was dying. Then much later I began wondering what it would be like if an eighteen year old really was dying. Would you be more rebellious or less? Would you take more risks? Go out with a bang? I combined those questions with some that were generated on a trip to Disney world, and the Probability of Miracles was born.

Did you find addressing the serious issues in The Probability of Miracles difficult?

Luckily, because I was working with “magic realism” I could skirt around some of the true harsh realities of living with and dying from cancer. I also used humor (or wait, you guys spell it ‘humour’ I’m working in British spell check. Too funny.) [we think it looks better with the "u"! :P] to deflect some of the emotion. That’s what my family does. Use humour to help cope with strong emotions. So that balance was easy for me to strike.

Cam has a list of things to do before she dies. How did you come up with items on the list?

Well. Her list is not really one to aspire to, obviously. I was just thinking of regular somewhat traumatic/mischievous teenage events that would seem so much less traumatic to Cam considering what she’s going through. If she had the choice, she’d love to experience adolescence with all its crazy ups and downs rather than leave the planet.

Did you have to do any research when writing The Probability of Miracles?

A little. Most of it is born of my imagination. Cam had a cancer called Neuroblastoma because it is one that can miraculously disappear (although that usually happens in infants). That gave me the leeway to decide later how it would all play out.

If you could do any job in the world (besides writing), what would it be?

Pack Groceries. I LOVE standing at the end of the conveyor belt choosing what combinations of heavy/light things go in each bag to make them the perfect weight without damaging any of the food. How weird is that? I also teach yoga and writing. Those jobs are great. But I’m a little shy, so they stress me out. Packing groceries would be more relaxing.

Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?

Among other things, I’m working on a “Thelma and Louise” adventure about the power of friendship and the mysteries of the universe. It’s called The Museum of Intangible Things.

Ooh, sounds brilliant! Thanks for answering questions today, it’s been great to have you on the blog!

Thanks for the insightful questions!!! Happy Holidays!!

Wendy Wunder lives in Boston. When not spending time with her family, Wendy teaches yoga around Boston and writing at Grub Street. Her first story was published in The Gettysburg Review. The Probability of Miracles is her first novel. And yes, Wendy Wunder is her real name. Find Wendy online at,, and Or visit the official website of The Probability of Miracles,
I hope you enjoyed the Q&A! For more info, go to The Probability of Miracles Facebook page here. For a chance to win a copy of The Probability of Miracles, just fill in this form. US entrants only. Ends December 31st. Good luck!

Huge thanks to Wendy for answering my questions and to Alloy Entertainment for making this interview possible!

Competition closed


  1. Loved this interview! <3

    YES. Obviously the British (and with that, Canadian) spelling of things is the way to go ;)

    I also find it really interesting that Neuroblastoma can miraculously disappear... I want to go research that now!

    Thanks for the awesome interview, Liz!

  2. The British, Canadian AND Australian way of spelling things. See? Clearly us ABC born gals are totally awesome :D

    Love the interview!! LOL at her answer about packing groceries. Ooh and her Thelma and Louise adventure sounds awesome. Fingers crossed a publisher picks it up!

    I'm even more excited to read The Probability of Miracles now. Must get my hands on this soon!

  3. Hahahhaha. Packing groceries? Seriously? Oh man, that was amazing. I'm reading this incredible book right now (she stole the pink flamingo from the dollar store and kept it!) I can't wait for her second book even if I'm not finished with the first. Great interview :)

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl


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