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Q & A: Introducing MOXIE

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I was tagged by January Gill O'Neil for this meme, and although it's technically for a manuscript, I guess, I'm going to use it to introduce you to MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING, which will be out on July 11.

What is the working title of your book
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
Tween mystery/adventure

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.


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News

• MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING (Dial 2013) was highlighted in the Atlantic Wire's Summer Reading Roundup!

• TOTAL TRAGEDY was named to the master list of Massachusetts Children's Book Awards 2013-2014

• New book alert! MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING will be in stores July 11 2013

• NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK is out in paperback! And it's on the Texas Lone Star List!

• TOTAL TRAGEDY has been named to the Texas Lone Star list as well as Kansas' KNEA Reading Circle catalog (with a starred recommendation)

• TOTAL TRAGEDY is out in paperback! Ask for it at a bookstore near you.

• TOTAL TRAGEDY has gone into its third printing! Thanks to everyone who bought it!

• MODELS has gone into its fifth printing! Thank you!!

• Have you seen the TT trailer? Go here & check it out:
http://bit.ly/b5xeGw


• Disney's Family Fun Magazine and Girl's Life mag both loved TT! Check out the reviews in their February issues!

• I've signed stock recently at the following stores:
- Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA

• Booklist says, "Some sisterly bonding, the sweet flutterings of a first romance, and a creatively contrived comeuppance for the mean girls make [TOTAL TRAGEDY] a cheerful read for younger middle-schoolers."