Friday, August 11, 2017

Supporting Characters

In Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief, Mari has some people who are very important to her. Her mother is one (and is loosely based on a combination of my own mother and my uncle). Will Campbell becomes important to Mari, too, as the story progresses. She also has an uncle who isn't around a whole lot, but is still an important part of who Mari is.

In real life, I have a small cast of characters who are super important to me as well. My best friend, Tee, is like my sister in crime. We've known each other almost as long as we can remember, and I can't remember a time when I didn't love her. She's an incredibly important part of me, of who I am. Mari doesn't have a Tee in the book. I wanted her to, but I felt like it was truer to Mari's experiences if she didn't. So she has her mom. When I was writing Jewel Thief, I pictured Mari and her mother a little bit like the Gilmore Girls. But since this is Mari's story (not Mari and her mother's) we don't see a lot of that in the actual book. It's there though, that deep love and trust between mother and daughter. I guess Mari's mother is kind of her Tee.

And my SO is a lot like Will, strong and quiet and sweet. Respectful and kind, and just a little bit oblivious at times. I definitely based Will on my guy. Every girl should have a partner who respects them and cares about them and wants to protect them—even when they're perfectly capable of protecting themselves. You can be a total kick-ass chick and completely capable of taking care of yourself. But your partner should want to take care of you too. Just because you can kick butt, doesn't mean it isn't nice to have butt kicked on your behalf. 😊

Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief 

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.

Author Twitter: @prosyrosie

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