In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and
secrets can be a lethal combination...
Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker can't understand why he
has the power to move things with his mind. Besides that, his dad has been
missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too upset to pay much attention
to her sons, so now he's been busted for shoplifting. As if this isn't enough
to worry about, his younger brother Andy suddenly has the ability to stop time.
Can things get any crazier? Chase thinks.
Then, a grandfather they thought to be long dead
arrives at their door. He wants Chase and Andy to come visit him for the summer
so they can learn about their supernatural heritage and why they have magical
powers in the first place.
The boys soon find out that Grandfather, along with
their cousin Janie, lives on a remote island in the middle of Puget Sound in an
out-of-this-world house where fantastic magic
can be found in practically every room, stairway and corridor. Chase can't believe
their dad has been keeping so much from them.
It's an even bigger shock when Chase learns that all
their magic is controlled by a very powerful and mysterious Relic in the attic,
and if anything happens to this relic, every bit of Tinker magic will be lost
forever. He's even more disturbed when he learns his family has a dark and
powerful enemy that is determined to steal all their magic, their house and
Now Chase must find a way to stop these evil beings,
while at the same time figuring out what has happened to his dad, unraveling
even more Tinker lies and secrets and not letting on that he has a huge crush
on the housekeeper's daughter.
The Princesses asked Malia - Why
do you write for Middle Grade, 'Tweens and Early Teens and how did you come up
with the idea for your book?
I write for kids and early teens because
it's fun. They're fun. They're more open than adults. They feel stronger about
things in life and they have such terrific energy and enthusiasm. Most of them
haven't had a chance to become jaded or disillusioned with the world yet. They
laugh joyfully when things are funny or goofy, shiver and hide when something
scares them, love fiercely and cry openly when they feel sad. They believe in
I also truly enjoy the types of books that
are written for and about them. These books are fun, creative and imaginative
with amazing characters and settings. Plus, so many adult books get too
explicit with sexual situations. I prefer the more innocent and subtle side of
romance found in 'tween and early teen books.
It was about 6 1/2
years ago when the inspiration for "Chase Tinker and the House of
Magic" happened. I was working as a Real Estate Agent at the time. (A job
I really hated, but I'm thankful for now because it gave me my Chase Tinker
Series.) After a day of showing homes to my clients, and with visions of all
those houses on my mind, that night I dreamed I was living in a huge, fancy
house and every room had some kind of magic in it.
The next day, when I
told my daughter about it, she thought it sounded like a great idea for a kids'
book. So we put on our thinking caps and brainstormed for more ideas. Here's a
little bit of Chase Tinker trivia: the book started out being titled, "The
Tinker House," but several months before I got a publisher, I realized
that this title just didn't quite fit the story. So I changed it, and I'm glad
I did because I like the new title much better. :)
Thank you so much to Malia (pronounced like Maria) for joining us today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author of "Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)," Malia loves dancing, reading, writing, sunsets, ladybugs, playing video games on her iPod, watching TV, and chocolate. She also has terrible motion sickness and hates onions. She's always wanted to have the ability to teleport and the power to move things with her mind. She lives in the Seattle area with her four wild and crazy ferrets.