6 Questions With Evelyn Ehrlich, Author of The Chemistry of You and Me

1.   You’re a teen again and call your MC (from your story in volume 3) on the phone with urgent news: What’s the news and what is his/her reaction?

Me: Oh my God, I know the secret about Cam’s past—why none of us have ever heard of him before, where he’s been and why!

Main character: I don’t care. Cam is Cam. That’s the only thing that matters.

2. We are making a short film of your story, who plays the lead character?

Oh, this is tough, because in my story, the main character isn’t identified as either a he or a she. There isn’t even a name; the reader decides whether it’s a boy or a girl telling the story.

But if we had to cast the love interest, Cam Keats, it would be Logan Lerman. Who didn’t love his vulnerability in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”? And he’s badass in “Percy Jackson.” That’s the perfect mix for Cam.

3. If you were hired to co-author a book with a best selling YA author of YOUR choice, who would you choose?

Hannah Moskowitz! Her voice is killer, and her characters, wounded and so real that their pain haunts you. I would love to co-author a book with her. Hell, I’d be thrilled even to exchange a few tweets with her!

 4.  Describe your weirdest writing habit.

A little while ago, I was named a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize, which was judged by Rebecca Stead. Afterwards, she wrote me a message—“You are a talented writer!”—which I promptly had framed for my desk. Now, I rub the frame with my thumb three times before I start writing, for luck. I guess I’m as superstitious as the main character in “The Chemistry of You and Me”

5.  Which character in the classic teen movie The Breakfast Club bests describes you in high school?

Dear Sucker Lit,

I accept the fact that I had to sacrifice a whole Saturday at my computer responding to these questions. But I think you’re crazy to make me write an answer telling you who I think I am. You see me as you want to see me: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what I found out is that in each part of me is…

A brain.

And an athlete.

And a basket case.

A princess.

And a criminal.

Does that answer your question?


The Breakfast Club (I mean, me)

6.   What’s the best part about being a member of the Sucker family (so far!)?

I think the first thing we were asked to do—buy a huge lollipop and take a picture with it—pretty much sums up the awesomeness of this experience so far. Getting to know the other authors has been fun, too. I can’t wait for the anthology to come out so I can read everyone else’s work!

To read Evelyn’s story in volume 3, click here.

How I Found Sucker, Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

Years ago, at my first SCBWI conference in LA, I befriended Lilliam Rivera, a sassy and very fashionable YA writer. We kept in touch and saw each other every summer at the LA conference, where we’d share our small successes and cheer each other on. Fast forward to this fall, when I caught a tweet from Lilliam that Sucker had an open call for submissions. It was a sign. I already had THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME written. I sent it in. A few weeks later, I got “The Email” from Hannah Goodman, editor extraordinaire, that my piece had been accepted for publication. Woo hoo! I tweeted about it, of course. And that’s when Lilliam revealed that she, too, had a story forthcoming in volume 3. It really was fate that we’d take this journey together and wind up published at the same time, in the same anthology. So now we’re not only friends, we’re also Sucker family.

Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”, Volume III, click here.


The Story Behind The Story, “The Chemistry of You and Me” Evelyn Ehrlich

I wish I had a quirky story about how I got the idea for THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME, but the reality is, Cameron just walked into my head one day. I knew I wanted to build his story with the periodic table as the foundation, and after that, the characters and the non-linear plot unfolded on its own as I went through each element. Some chapters–like Lithium and Oxygen–were planned, while others, like Manganese, completely surprised me but made perfect sense once I wrote them down. It’s almost as if Cam’s story already existed out there in the ether, and my job was to find the pieces and figure it out.

-Evelyn Ehrlich, author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

To purchase volume III, click here.