What is the
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breakin (Dial Books for Young Readers, July 2013)
Where did the idea come from for the book
I've long been a fan of mysteries--both real life and fictional--and ever since I toured Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum I've been fascinated by the theft that took place there in 1990. Thirteen masterpieces were stolen, and, even with a $5 million reward, no trace of them have ever been found. While I was writing Total Tragedy, I started thinking about using that theft in a story. It wasn't until I was in copyedits with Notes that I figured out how I could tell the tale I had in mind.
What genre does your book fall under
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Kiernan Shipka, from Mad Men, would make an awesome Moxie. It would be a great breakout role for her.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book
Thirteen-year-old Moxie Fleece has two weeks to solve the biggest unsolved mystery in Boston, or lose everyone she loves.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript
About ten months.
Who or what inspired you to write this book
I've always wanted to try my hand at writing a mystery, and I love my adopted hometown of Boston. I love the recent "Boston noir" trend that's appeared in films like "The Town," "The Departed," and "Gone Baby Gone", and thought I could bring that to my tween novels. Let's hope it's successful!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest
It's a race against the clock adventure, with chase scenes, Boston landmarks, and lots of love and heart and family loyalty.
And...shhh!...I'm working on a companion novel to Moxie's story, that takes place on the Boston Harbor islands. It will be released in 2014.