(Oh, and Colors Like Memories is still free, if you want to go grab a copy!)
The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can the members of the Detective Mystery Squad piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?
Jessica Haight is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts. Jessica lives in Connecticut with her charming fiancé, James; dog, Jack; cat, Bill; and a very entitled bunny named Alice.
Stephanie Robinson lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist. One of the many benefits of her job is that she learns something new every day. When Stephanie isn't working, she spends her time creating stories, getting lost in books, and traveling to new places.
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow will hit bookstores everywhere in December of 2015!
If you'd like to learn more about the journey of this story to publication and how the authors were able to collaborate on this new middle grade mystery, click here to stop by the cover reveal post on Fairday's Blog.
“How did you write a book together?” A question often asked of authors who decide to collaborate on writing a story. The underlying truth of what they are really asking is, “How did you manage to not end up hating each other during the process?” The answer to this is simple, it’s not about the ego; it’s about the book. We decided this first... read more!
|From left: Rachael Dugas (Agent, Talcott Notch Literary), Jessica Haight, Stephanie Robinson, Krista Vitola (Editor, Delacorte/ Random House)|
Here's a little Q & A with Stephanie and Jess on books...
What do you love about writing stories?
Jess: The chance to explore my creativity and inner imagination. I love matching words with the thoughts in my head, then making a scene come to life.
What are some of the books that influenced you the most?
Jess: I love books by Edward Gorey, and I'm also a big fan of The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. There are so many stories that I enjoy, but there's always that extra bit of magic sprinkled in when I'm reading either of these authors. :)
If you could meet any writer, living or dead, who would it be? What would you want ask them?
Jess: I would want to meet Edward Gorey and just hang out with him for a little while. I imagine he'd want to talk about the New York Ballet or possibly his many spoiled cats, and I'd like to listen!
"Remember, young lady, you have to think beyond what you know to be real. You have to see with your mind as well as your eyes." The old man pulled his glasses down to the end of his nose and looked at her. "Be careful, Miss Morrow. Please be very careful."
(excerpt from The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow)