Author Wynne Channing Hops on Board the #BooksAgainstBullying Campaign! #amreading #YoungAdult #Fantasy

Posted by on August 25, 2012 in BAB Campaign | 3 comments

Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

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One thing I love about Wynne is she is one of the wittiest, sweetest, creative people I know.  When I found out she was donating her book, What Kills Me, to the BABs Campaign, I was SUPER excited. I love the premise of her story and the cover is TO DIE FOR. No book collection would be complete without that gorgeousness. Then when she emailed me her guest post for the cause, I was STOKED! She’s written a letter to her 14-year-old self. You see, Wynne was bullied as a kid, too. Now she is one of the most loved people I know. (Who could not love Wynne?!) Though bullying shaped her childhood, it’s also shaped her writing. She’s an inspiration. Let’s see what Wynne had to say to herself.

Dear Wynne,

I’m you much later. I don’t have much time. I just want to tell you a few things.

First, save your babysitting money and buy Apple stock. Do it now. I know. No one uses Macintosh computers. But they will.

Second, wear sunscreen! And do not dye your black hair blond. No. Don’t do it. It will look like you’ve stuck a straw broom on your head.

Lastly, don’t be sad. Well, be sad if you want. But know this: I promise you that you won’t always suffer.

Those boys who pick on you at school? The ones who taunt you on the bus, who pelt you with snowballs, who stuff your knapsack in garbages. The ones who line the hallways, staring, jeering, laughing. The ones who make it not okay for anyone to be friends with you. The ones who make you feel like you are the ugliest and weirdest loser on the planet.

Yeah, those guys. Well, they won’t be around forever.

You’re stronger than you think. You’re funnier and braver and cooler than you think. And you will endure. You’ll meet people who will know you and who will love you. And those guys will fade from your life. In the future, a few of them will randomly “friend” you on something called Facebook. And you’ll look at their aged faces curiously, like you’ve come across some strange looking bug, you’ll make that “what the eff?” expression, and press “ignore.” Then they’ll fade again into nothing.

But I wish you would tell someone. (I mentioned it to dad for the first time the other day and he had no clue.) You should tell someone.

You will not always feel this alone. It won’t always be this hard. Trust me. You are a great person. Just as you are. And all of those stories that you write, about dark, twisted revenge on those guys, well, keep writing. It’ll come in handy some day.

One day, you’ll be me. And you will be happy that you wore sunscreen.

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Thank you so much to Rebecca for hosting me. Bullying is an issue that I feel very strongly about. There is a scene in What Kills Me which was inspired by my being bullied; following that WKM series, I’m working on a dystopian thriller set in high school which deals with the topic of bullying.

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If you’re being bullied, you’re not alone. And you can and you will prevail over the pain.

What an amazing and inspiring woman, right? And with a mind like that, you just KNOW her book is going to be an excellent read. I bet you’re dying to know more about it, too, and I’m happy to oblige. If you’re anything like me, you’ll read the blurb, see the cover, and RUN to buy your copy today (and it’s a steal at $0.99!).

About What Kills Me

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Buy What Kills Me

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From Wynne to Victims of Bullying: I know you feel powerless. I know you are hurting. But your spirit is strong. You will get through this.

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You can vote for this book on the Authors with Amazing and Generous Hearts list on Goodreads. Please also “like” the list at the bottom.

If you would like to donate to the BAB Campaign, please email booksagainstbullies {at} gmail {dot} com

Thank you for stopping bye!

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Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.


  1. Another great book to add to the campaign! Great post, Wynne and Rebecca!

  2. This is a beautiful letter, Wynne. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks ladies!

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