The Memory Thief

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Summary

In THE MEMORY THIEF, 11-year-old twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly are trying to avoid a group of bullies at the county fair when Benji ducks into a tent for The Memory Emporium. He meets a strange old man inside named Louis, who shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see others.

But Louis isn’t the only person with the ability to show and manipulate memories. There’s also the mysterious Genevieve, The Memory Thief. And following a confrontation between Louis and Genevieve, Benji gets the power, too.

Genevieve gets out of control, and soon, a lot people in town are acting like someone has stolen their minds — most poignantly, his twin sister Kelly. Benji must fight his own impulses to cheat his way through life with his newfound power, and work to stop Genevieve before it’s too late.

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Status

Was to be published by Egmont in Fall 2016. With Egmont USA being shuttered, it went back out on submission and was bought by Adaptive. It came out September 20, 2016, exclusive to Barnes & Noble for the first 6 months, and it’s now available everywhere books are sold. Excitement!

Oh yeah: and it’s being adapted into a movie. No big deal, right? 🙂

Behind the Scenes

Check out my blog posts for some nuts and bolts action of what’s gone into The Memory Thief.

Path from Idea to Publication

This is a chart I’ve been making for all of my latest books, keeping track of how fast I’m writing the book, when I revise it, how long I set it aside before reworking it–that sort of thing. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of how I personally write books and the path they take to get published, here’s some in-depth data for you to digest.
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