One of the great things about being a member of the Apocalypsies (a group of kidlit authors with 2012 debuts) is the chance to get the inside story on the Elevensies and their 2011 debuts. We each interview an Elevensie around the time of their book release date. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sheela Chari, author the middle grade mystery VANISHED (Disney/Hyperion). I also had the pleasure of reading VANISHED before it hit the stores today, and I absolutely loved this book.

Sheela’s a great writer, and has lots of wisdom about writing mysteries and writing for kids. My favorite quote: “Writing middle grade is like coming home after a long journey.”

Please pop by the Apocalypsies site to check out my interview with Sheela, and join me in wishing her a happy book birthday today!