Today I have the author of MIRA’S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS, a whimsical middle grade novel that released from Sourcebooks this month. Read her guest post and be sure to enter for your chance to win a copy of her novel!
Around the World
I’ve lived in Paris and Rome, each a wonderful experience. Living in a foreign city broadens your sense of who you are and how you want to live in ways that are delightfully unpredictable. In both cities, I explored the cultural riches in a way you can’t during a brief visit, but more than that, I learned the rhythm of a different lifestyle. There’s no such thing as rushing in Rome, no sense of urgency – or, frustratingly – of efficiency. You learn the Italian shrug of acceptance.
Travel in general demands that kind of flexibility. Planes are delayed. Connections are missed. A drive into the Amazon jungle that was supposed to take five hours ends up taking ten because roads have been washed out. But being open to what happens during travel mishaps means you end up having tea with Bedouins in Petra or are invited into a house-raising for a newly married couple in Vietnam. I love the expected parts of travel, the amazing sites, the great art, but I also love the completely unplanned, the moment you have to be open to in order to experience it.
I’ve been to more than 30 countries. The ones that have been the most difficult, have also been the most rewarding – India, Peru, Vietnam, Jordan, Egypt. I hope I can keep adding to this list. I’d love to see Indonesia, South Africa, Namibia, anywhere new. But the place I keep going back to, the city that has my heart, is Rome. Must be the gelato.
I’ve been making children’s books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now I’ve published more than forty books and each new one is still hard in its own way. Each one takes a lot of revising because I never get things right the first time. That used to frustrate me. Now I expect it. And I don’t mind, because that gives me permission to make mistakes. It means I can take risks and try new things because I don’t have to be perfect – I can always make changes.
Here’s a little bit more about MIRA’S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS:
Written like a journal and featuring doodles, cartoons, whimsical notes and memorabilia like postcards and ticket stubs, MIRA’S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS takes readers on a fast-paced adventure around the globe to view the Wonders of the World through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl.
Mira, her older brother Malcolm, and her photographer father are traveling the world to document the Modern Wonders — and search for Mira’s missing mother. The only clue they have is a postcard from Paris. When Mira touches a gargoyle at Notre Dame, she is whirled into the past where she meets historical figures like the painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her Mom didn’t run out on them, but has become a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?
Accompanied by fun and engaging illustrations, MIRA’S DIARY is a fresh take on weaving together real history and art with action, adventure, time-travel and family drama in an exciting new series.
Enter for your chance to win a copy of MIRA’S DIARY, right after the break!