YA Fantasy Adventure
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Strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where and ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that will take Fairday and her friends in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, on an amazing adventure that will challenge them in ways they never thought possible.
As the investigation gears up, it becomes plainly obvious to Fairday that the danger is deadly serious. With a little help, which is found in some very odd places, the twisting tale
begins to unfurl. Will the DMS be able to piece together the puzzle before it's too late?
How did you start your writing career?
Jessica: I have always loved stories, for as long as I can remember. I would say after I got over the devastation that I was probably not going to be an astronaut (terrible at math) becoming a writer was the only other thing there was for me to be.
I started looking for a literary agent for my children’s story, Ruby Begonia and the High-Heeled Sneakers about five years ago. Since the story has transformed into the middle grade book, The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, the pursuit has become much more involved.
Stephanie: Since I was a little girl I have loved reading and creating stories. When I was younger I thought I would be a teacher during the year and spend the summer writing books (yes, that is plural). I obviously didn’t understand how much time teaching and writing would actually take. Ever since Jessica asked me to co-author The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow with her I have been actively pursuing my dreams of being a writer.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
Jessica: I learned a lot about myself and about discipline in writing. I am sort of a free-form writer, and it is absolutely essential to keep everything in tune and orderly to progress. Stephanie is the master of organization, so I am very lucky to have her as my co-author. Most of the time, instructions and lists sound to me like the adults in Charlie Brown, whoh, whoh, whoh. However, after working on this with my awesome writing partner, I embrace the list : )
Stephanie: I have been surprised by the amount of time Jessica and I spend discussing Fairday and her friends and coming up with ideas. Most of our conversations now center around our writing and blog. I never knew how much fun it would be to write a book with someone else who shares my same vision and makes work fun. Also, I have been pleasantly surprised to find support for my book in places I never expected. Thanks to all of our supporters.
What is your favorite meal?
Jessica: Hamburger, med rare, slice of tomato, mayo, ketchup (preferably from Denmo’s in Southbury, CT) with a side of onion rings and a root beer or cream soda.
Stephanie: Hmmm... This is a tough one. Pizza is one of my favorite foods (specifically Ernie’s or Pepe’s from
). My favorite meal would either be pizza or chicken cordon blue, with a side of mashed potatoes, and broccoli. YUM! New Haven, CT
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
Jessica: A horse.
Stephanie: After I took care of all my bills and helped out my family and friends, I would love to travel, so I guess it would be plane tickets to some fabulous place : )
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Jessica: Morpheus & Death from the Sandman series. Neil Gaiman twists his stories and characters into the fabric of myth and folklore, bringing them to life in a new way. I think that The Sandman is wonderfully original.
Stephanie: Harry Potter. I loved seeing the magical world through his voice. I had a connection to his story, and felt like I was right there with him every step of the way.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Jessica: For some odd reason, the
Dead Sea. Also, I would love to visit a really secretive island paradise someplace in the Pacific- maybe the Cook Islands.
Stephanie: I love to travel and have driven across the
3 times. I have seen all but 4 of the states- but hope to one day have seen all 50. I have travelled out of the country as well, but not to very many places. I would LOVE to get to spend time visiting every country and checking out all that this amazing planet has to offer. My dream is to travel to as many places as possible. Next up I would love to visit United States Italy, France, or . Sweden
Jessica: Jessica is a quintessential New Englander, harboring a desperate need to be near the ocean and a personal desire to experience the four seasons every year. Now at the age of 38, she lives in New Fairfield, CT with her wonderful boyfriend, James, her dog, Jack, and her cat, Bill.
Stephanie: Stephanie is a 5th grade teacher and currently lives with her husband in a quiet town in
, though not as quaint as Ashpot. When she isn't working, she spends her time writing, reading, and traveling. Connecticut
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