Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.
Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.
Will could be the next target.
About the Author:
Rosie Somers is a beach-going book addict who’s been crafting stories since before she learned her ABCs. When she’s not busy trying to bring the characters in her head to life on paper, she can be found volunteering with local animal rescues, crocheting funky hats for her friends, or eating herself into the poorhouse at Chipotle. Her fondest dream is to one day own a goat.
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Can you tell us about your book, Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief, in 40 words or less?
Born into a family of jewel thieves, sixteen-year-old Marisol Flores is more than a little reluctant to join the family business. She wants high school, not heist school.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I think my favorite scene to write was probably the Valentine’s Day scene, where Mari and Will really get a chance to get to know each other. I won’t give any spoilers, but I definitely enjoyed writing that scene and had a hard time closing the scene to move to the next one.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
We didn’t really edit out any scenes. We actually added about 15,000 words during edits. So all the scenes in the book now were in the original manuscript in some form.
What theme song would you give this book?
Gold by Imagine Dragons. In fact, I listened to that song on repeat when I wrote the first chapter.
Is this a standalone or part of a sequel?
It is a standalone, but I have given some thought to a sequel. I guess we’ll let the readers decide. 🙂
Any dreamy boys that we can look forward to?
Well, I think Will is pretty dreamy, but admittedly, I’m a little biased!
Compare Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief to a TV show. What are we looking at?
Wow, that’s a tough one. Jewel Thief might be a little bit Veronica Mars, and a little bit Daria. There’s probably also some Smallville in there, and a little bit of Leverage.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
I don’t know if this counts as recent, because it was probably almost a year ago that I read it, but Under Rose Tainted Skies by my writerly friend, Louise Gornall, is probably the best YA book I’ve ever read. Anyone into contemporary YA should read that book. It’s super raw and emotional and just plain phenomenal.
What are the top 3 book in your TBR pile?
I can’t pick just three! I have a pile of unread books taller than myself at this point, some Dashner (I’m woefully behind on the Maze Runner series), Veronica Roth’s new one, Gena Showalter’s Lifeblood, and the sequel to Tom Isbell’s The Prey, are just some of what waits on my shelf at home.