Welcome to Author Isobella Jade
Isobella Jade is an author, petite model and a wizard of self-promotion. Her modeling memoir Almost 5’4″ is her personal memoir about being a shorter-than-average model in NYC, the ins and outs and highs and lows of striving to beat the odds. Her graphic novel Model Life was released in November 2009 and Short Stuff is her collection of on-the-job experiences that took place after Almost 5’4″ and includes modeling tips for shorter girls. Her most recent work is a new YA novel called Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series.
The truth is I don’t drive. I still don’t have my driver’s license, and I’m not in a rush to get it. I’ve been living in New York City for the past ten years and I don’t need a car here anyways. Even when I lived in suburbia in Central New York and turned sixteen I wasn’t overly anxious to drive, especially when one of my high school friends and I got into a car accident together on the way to the mall. I definitely wasn’t rushing to the DMV or driving school after getting out of the hospital. As a competitive track and cross country runner traveling to meets on weekends and training all week, my mind wasn’t on the freedom of having a driver’s license; I already felt a sense of control and speed while preparing for my next race.
These days I’m not often in cars, but when I’m in one there’s always an anxious feeling to get out, to slow down and to tell the driver to be careful. It’s not a phobia of cars, I just hate the thought of putting my life in the hands of someone who might not value their own life or the life of others, someone who’s driving too fast for no reason or steering with their knees to drive, or texting while driving.
In my new young adult novel, Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series, the main character Estella dies in a texting while driving crash, but while writing the manuscript at first I wasn’t sure how Estella was going to die. Then I noticed all the news segments on teens dying from texting and driving and campaigns around pledging not to text and drive. Younger drivers being so careless really disturbed me and at the same time inspired me to include the dangers of distracted driving into the story. I think it’s extremely selfish and unmindful to text and drive.
To prepare my mind and emotions for writing the car crash scene and Estella’s transition as a spirit, I watched car crash videos on Youtube and online news segments that showed the aftermath of texting and driving accidents. Throughout the book Estella struggles to accept that in an instant her life was cut short and that Heidi, the girl who caused the crash, gets to live.
Heidi was well known and popular, bound for her own success on the track, and didn’t purposely kill Estella, but she did kill her. Heidi represents how even a small town girl can become a local criminal in a matter of seconds from using a cell phone while driving.
There’s a responsibility that comes with getting a driver’s license and owning a car that somehow has evaporated in minds of drivers these days, as if, in our world of so many distractions, it’s an impossible task to pay attention, watch the road, put the phone down and just focus on what’s happening right now.
I really want the reader to feel Estella’s anguish and confusion over her death and the future she lost out on because of someone else’s careless act, and how precious life is because it’s a real issue that goes beyond the page, it’s happening right now and affects all ages, and can be prevented if drivers choose to be cautious and careful.
Careful by Isobella Jade
After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating. But not all of her has died. During the first month after her death, Estella’s spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind. And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake. While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.
5 signed print copies of Careful (US only)
5 e-book copies of Careful (International)