Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.
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Praise for Maisy and the Missing Mice:
“This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page-turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.”
– The Children’s Book Review
Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.
As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.
Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would travel to the past. Ancient history is one of my favorite topics. So, I’d like to visit and learn more about what things were really like back then. Of course, I’d be happy to come back to the present and enjoy electricity and my cell phone when I was finished.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I always say that there is not enough time in a day. I would love to be able to freeze time so that I can finally have more time in a day.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Maisy is a unique, smart, funny character that young girls can look up to and will enjoy reading about.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am already writing the second book in The Maisy Files series. I hope to have it out by late February or early March.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I just love language and words. Writing seems to be a natural thing for me. I have always loved reading and writing, even as a child. I write many of my own materials for my classroom. As a reading teacher, that means that I often write short stories to be used with my students. I realized that I enjoy writing those short stories far too much to not allow myself the joy of writing in the long term.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
One of the teachers in my school read the book to her class without telling them that I was the author. After finishing the book, she had them write letters to the author. They were so sweet and the students talked about how much they liked the book and asked me questions. I got a little teary eyed reading them. They have since learned that I wrote the book, but it was nice to get the honest opinion of my intended audience.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I’ve been an avid reader since the day I learned to read. I also currently enjoy reading a mixture of middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. So, I have a varied list of favorites. They include, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.
Pets? – childhood or adult
I currently have two pets. The first is a nine-year-old cat who is named Butterscotch. I also have a four-year-old dog. She is a terrier mix that I adopted from a local animal rescue. Her name is Reese Cup and she was the inspiration for Maisy’s dog, Reesie, in the book.
Where do you write?
I prefer to write using my laptop. This allows me to write while on my couch with my dog curled up beside me. It’s a very relaxing place to write.
How did you go about publishing your book?
I considered submitting my book to various agents in the hopes of going the traditional route. But, my plan was always to self-publish, because I knew that I could get my book out and into people’s hands that way. I may still submit it to agents and see how that goes. But, for this book, I used Amazon’s self-publishing tools for e-books, print books, and audio books. I also utilized my friends and family as editors, and I used a freelance illustrator to design my cover. There was quite a learning process involved with doing it that way. But, I am happy with the results.
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenges include having the confidence to share my work with others and to simply find time to sit down and write a quality manuscript. My confidence has grown since I released the book because it was a relief to finally share it and get some feedback. So far, it’s all been positive, so that has helped. As for the challenge of finding time to write, I have learned that I just must make time. I try to organize when I can do work for my teaching job and when I can spend time writing. That has helped tremendously.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
I would like to be a spoiled dog, like my little Reese Cup. I’d spend my days cuddling with my owner and being happy to run around and play. I’d have no worries and I’d get lots of treats. Plus, everyone would think I was simply adorable.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I have to have an overall idea of the plot before I can write. I sort of do a mixture of these things. I first get the idea for the mystery that Maisy will solve. Then, I plot out the major events that will happen. After that, I just start writing and get to each major plot reveal when it feels like a natural time to do so.
How do you feel about banned books? Do you have a favorite?
I feel that books should not be banned. People should be able to read a book that others consider to be bad in some way and then form their own opinions. I remember being introduced to Harry Potter during a college course about children’s literature. We were doing a unit on banned and censored books. I know that Harry Potter is, or was, banned in some places. But, it is one of my favorite series of all time. I believe that people have the right to their own opinions. But, often those opinions are based on the fact that others tell them they should not read a book. I believe everyone should have the chance to form their own opinions on such things. Whether those opinions turn out to be positive or negative is up to the individual. But, I think it is important for people to have the chance to read the book and form those opinions for themselves.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
I love seeing books turned into movies. I’m always excited to see that a favorite book is being turned into a movie. I visualize a lot when I read, and I like to see that on the screen. However, I am often disappointed in the movie versions of books. But, there have been some that were done very well. So, overall, I am for books being made into movies. As an added bonus, it introduces the book to people who have possibly not read it. It can get more publicity for the book. I was introduced to the writing of Nicholas Sparks in that way. I had never heard of him until I went to see the movie for A Walk to Remember. After I saw the movie, I read the book. I’ve since read everything he’s ever written. So, there are positive and negative arguments that can be made for books being turned into movies. I can see both sides, but I do enjoy a movie adaptation when it is done well.
Audiobook of Maisy and the Missing Mice