April 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Mira’s Diary: Home Sweet Rome by Marissa Moss – Interview and G1veaway

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Mira’s Diary: Home Sweet Rome by Marissa Moss

presented by Sourcebooks!

We’re super excited to have Marissa Moss stop by the blog
for a quick Q & A of her Fav Things!

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As if traveling to a new country in search of her missing mother weren’t difficult enough, Mira has to do it dressed as a boy. In a different century.

A new postcard from her time-traveling mother points Mira to the 16th century Rome. But before she can rescue her mom, she must follow the clues left around the city to find Giordano Bruno, a famous thinker and mathematician, who discovered something so shocking that important Italian officials don’t want it revealed. All the while avoiding the Watchers–time-traveling police who want Mira back in her own time.

It’s another whirlwind adventure for Mira, and this time she is determined to bring her mother out of the past.

Praise for Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris

“An engrossing, diary-style blend of history, mystery, and time travel.”–Publishers Weekly

“With an engaging story, accessible history, and a spunky heroine, Mira’s Diary is an absorbing, fast-pace adventure.”–School Library Journal

“Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris is a passionate celebration of honor and integrity…fast paced and compelling.”–Karen Cushman, Newberry Medal Winner and New York Times bestselling author.

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Mira’s Diary: Home Sweet Rome by Marissa Moss
Publication Date:  April 2, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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Top Favs with Marissa Moss

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:


This is really tough because I love so many authors.  But if I have to choose just three, I’d say:
William Shakespeare, because I love his use of language, the way it feels in your mouth and sits in your ear.  When I travelled around Europe as a college student, I couldn’t bring a lot of luggage, so I carried three of his plays and a book of the sonnets, things I could read over and over again.
J.K. Rowling, because I think she’s so masterful at developing complicated plots and creating worlds that feel vividly real.
Oscar Wilde, because he’s so funny.  I still laugh when I re-read the Importance of Being Earnest.

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:


The writers that made me want to write were the ones I met when I was a kid.  Top of the list, Roald Dahl with James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Then E. B. White with Charlotte’s Web.  If only I could write like them!

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:


I think there are two things that cause writer’s block — not knowing your characters well and trying to edit while you’re writing.  If I’m stuck, it’s because I’m listening to that voice in the back of my head that says, “That stinks.”  So I forget about trying to get things right, and try to simply get things down.  Once I have something written, no matter how rough or horrible, I can work with it, revise it until it’s better.  But I can’t work with a blank page!
If that doesn’t work, then I skip ahead to a scene I have a better handle in and go back later to work on the scene that was giving me so much trouble.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:


I love Charade with Audrey Hepburn.  The dialog is so good and the acting splendid.
Young Frankenstein because it still makes me laugh even though I’ve seen it a zillion times.
The Wizard of Oz because Judy Garland is amazing!

About the Author:



I was born in Pennsylvania, but my family moved to California when I was two, and I’ve been here ever since. I grew up in the southern part of the state and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I studied art at San Jose State but fought too much with my art teachers (I was very opinionated – I wanted to do my kind of art; they wanted me to do theirs). So I transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where I didn’t take a single English or Art class. Mostly I took history where I learned how to do research, tools that have helped me in making the historical journals and working on my Young Adult novel. Then I took classes at the California College of Arts and Crafts for a year since I didn’t want another degree and a year’s tuition was all I could afford. I just wanted some guidance on how to break into childrens books.

I waited tables while I sent out stories, waiting for some editor to fall in love with my work. There was no fall-back plan, no alternative career. I’d still be waiting tables if I weren’t lucky enough to have gotten that first book. And after that, the second one, and then the third and the fourth and the fifth. . . .

Each new book is still a challenge. It’s hard work and I love every minute of it.

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  1. Alicia Batista

    I would love to travel to the future to see how the world would be years from now! :) Thanks for this giveaway! :)

  2. Meghan Stith

    Either tudor England or 1700s Scotland.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  3. Sarah Lieurance

    I’d travel back in time to when I was a small kid (still in elementary) where we could leave home early Saturday morning and not have to come back until dark without the worries of today’s world.

  4. CassandraG

    Medieval Scotland or Constantinople before the fall.

  5. Heather C.

    I’d love to go to Victorian England =)

  6. Nora-Adrienne

    If I could time travel, I’d like to go back to the 1940’s and talk to my grandfather while he was still healthy. I’d tell him I was doing a questionnaire about families from a certain part of Germany and their history (our family is Ladino, and there was a large Sefardi community in Frahnfort en Mein). I’m missing so many generations of information.

  7. Carl

    I’m going back to the 60s. Peace, love, and good vibes man!

  8. sarah perry

    I would go back to the 50’s…Ive always loved the music of the 50s 60s and 70s and would love to go back to see musicians of those days perform

  9. Zed

    I’ve never really thought about time travel….but I would be too afraid to go back in time, in to the future maybe!

  10. 1950s Paris or New York.

  11. Kristin

    I would go back to the Roaring Twenties!

  12. danielle james

    To a much simpler time. Maybe a few hundred years back.

  13. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I wouldn’t mind going to the future. I would love to see all the advancements and how the world is, if the countries have changed or not as in the governments and so on. Thank you for having a great giveaway!

  14. Unable to become a fan :( Can you pls check the Rafflecopter.

  15. Chapter by Chapter

    Hi Angelica! Can you tell me specifically you can’t follow? I checked the links and they seem to be working on my end. Thanks! =)

  16. Joy Whiteside

    1890 victorian era

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