Saturday, March 12, 2011

Featured Author: Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss is the author and illustrator of over 40 books for children. I was mainly familiar with her popular Amelia’s Notebook series of books.  Last week, Marissa showed up on my bestseller list with The Pharaoh’s Secret, taking the number 4 spot in the Juvenile Fiction section of the store. I’m happy to report that this week, The Pharaoh’s Secret has climbed to NUMBER ONE!

I contacted Marissa to find out more about her e-book and the e-publishing experience.

First I asked what The Pharaoh’s Secret is about. Here is Marissa’s synopsis:

Filled with intrigue, surprises, and the author’s original illustrations, this novel skillfully weaves history with a personal story full of heartache and family tensions that will entice and enthrall readers. When Talibah and her younger brother, Adom, accompany their father to Egypt, they become involved in a mystery surrounding an ancient, lost pharaoh—a rare queen ruler. Someone has tried to make it appear as if she never existed! The queen needs Talibah to help her and her high priest, Senenmut, reclaim their rightful place in history. Exotic locales, mysterious strangers, and a sinister archaeologist round out an adventure that is full of riddles, old tales and, most surprisingly of all, a link to Talibah’s and Adom’s mother, who died mysteriously.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

My readers are between 9 and 99, though mostly on the younger end of the scale. As kids read more using pdas, tablets, iphones, etc., the e-format is a great way to get them reading quality fiction.
Is your book available in print format?

THE PHARAOH'S SECRET came out in print first.

Tell us briefly about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?
I've been writing and illustrating children's books for over twenty years and have worked with a variety of traditional publishers.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

Anything that gets kids reading more is a good thing, not just for me as an author, but for society in general and the reader in particular.

Congratulations to Marissa for hitting the bestseller list! Learn more about her and her books at