The Huaca by Marcia Mickelson

marciaAuthor Marcia Mickelson

Marcia Mickelson was born in Guatemala, but came to the U.S. as an infant. She considers herself from New Jersey even though she’s lived in three other states. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now resides in South Texas with her husband and three sons. Marcia is the author of Star Shining Brightly,Reasonable Doubt, and Pickup Games.



If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Jane Austen, Malcolm X, Colin Firth, Jim Parsons, and Elizabeth Bennett.
What is one book everyone should read?

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Right now, I am working on a YA novel about a young woman who is an immigrant to the U.S. She unwittingly becomes the poster child for illegal immigrants as those around her want to showcase her straight A’s, emerging talents, and impeccable character.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I have always made up stories in my head. Since I was a child, I would go to bed with a story in mind and think about it until I fell asleep. There has always been a story running through my head. One day, I just realized that I needed to start writing them down.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? I loved Beverly Cleary books. Ramona Quimby was my favorite character growing up.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?

I love, love Jane Austen. She’s an expert at writing about love.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I can’t wait for Catching Fire, and I’m also eager to read Stephanie Perkins’ new book-Isla And the Happily Ever After.

Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?

Shadows!! I like lurking in the shadows. I do not like being in the spotlight at all. I am much more comfortable being in the background.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I mostly write as I go. I write down 5-10 plot points on a small notebook page. Then, I

pick my favorite scene and start writing. I don’t write from start to finish. Instead, I skip around, writing my favorite scenes first.
How do you come up with the characters personalities?
I am a people watcher, somewhat extremely so. I am always watching people, looking for storylines, characters, or character mannerisms. I even got in trouble once for it. You can click on this link to read about a time I got scolded at The Home Depot.



Top 3 things on your bucket list?
I want to learn how to scuba dive, go to Paris, and take my kids to New York City. I love New York City, and my kids haven’t been there since they were little. I want them to experience it again as older children.



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The Huaca

It had fine carvings on the lid, some kind of tribal design. There were three wooden knobs that seemed to open very thin drawers.

“It’s beautiful,” I said. “Is it a jewelry box?”

Gabe stayed silent for a minute before looking at me. “No. It’s not a jewelry box. It’s a huaca.”

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Cummings just wants to be a regular teenager, but after her mother’s mysterious murder, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever be normal again. Her mother’s death has left Ellie and her father worlds apart. And when her best friend abandons her, Ellie has no one else to turn to—except for the strange boy who says he can help.

Gabe de la Cruz seems to know way too much about everything, and her instincts tell Ellie to stay far away. But when he claims that he can communicate with the dead through an ancient Incan artifact, Ellie can’t resist the temptation of seeing her mother again. In the hanan pacha—the Incan afterworld—Ellie’s mother sends a message to help Ellie understand what happened the night of the murder—a message that may be better kept a secret.



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