Sourcebooks Jabberwocky asked A Backwards Story to participate in Marissa Moss' blog tour for the first book in her new MIRA'S DIARY series, LOST IN PARIS!
Check out her fun post on how she built her characters below!
Marissa Moss is the author of the bestselling Amelia's Notebook series, which was out for kids to enjoy before Jeff Kinney's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID became a worldwide phenomenon and got kids into diaries. Her newest series is about a girl who can time-travel.
There's a little bit of myself in every character I create. Partly, that's how I get to know my characters, by drawing on my own quirks and those of people I know (one of the dangers of being friends with a writer!). For main characters, like Amelia and Mira, these characters also become stand-ins for how I'd like to be, showing traits I wish I had.
Amelia is heavily based on me as a kid and the notebook I used to keep. Except where I was gawky and awkward, Amelia uses her sense of humor to define herself. She embraces the weirdness that I tried to hide. When I get fan mail from girls saying they're just like Amelia, I think, “Where were you when I was a kid?”
Mira shares my love of history and art, my compulsive need to draw everything, but she's much braver than I am. She thinks quickly on the spot where I usually come up with the perfect come-back the next day, not the next second. She has the same curiosity, the same willingness to experience other cultures, other times, but where I time-travel by reading and writing, she gets to do the real thing, meeting the people I'd love to meet, having the adventures I can only experience on paper. That's one of the magical things about writing. You can create whole worlds and people them with characters you want to know. And those you want to be.
Title: MIRA'S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS Author: Marissa Moss
Release Date: Out Sept. 04, 2012
Publisher: SourceBooks Jabberwocky
Received: For Review
Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous 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 is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?