Sleuth or Dare
Sleuth or Dare
What made you choose Darcy & Norah, who are so different from one another, as your heros?
Norah and Darcy seem like opposites on the outside. Norah is a “good girl” while Darcy gets into trouble. Norah quietly blends into the background while Darcy has more of an edge to her. But they’ve been best friends since they became neighbors in fourth grade and, despite their differences, the friendship works—with a lot of humor! What I love most about them is that they’re nerds and proud of it. And they have their own interests and hobbies that they unapologetically geek out over. Norah’s biggest aspiration isn’t to become one of the popular girls. It’s to be an astronomer. She thinks more about math than nail polish. And Darcy is a tech guru and spy gadget lover. I can totally see her growing up to work for the CIA. I chose them because they're so much fun to write!
Which do you have the most in common with?
There is a lot of young Kim in Norah, from her dog to her telescope, to some of her likes and dislikes. But I have a little Darcy in me, too. I like to say that Norah is who I was at that age and Darcy is who I wanted to be.
When you were a kid, who was your favorite mystery detective?
I don't think I had a favorite detective as a child, but I was addicted to the Choose Your Own Adventure series and loved getting to be the one who decided what the characters would do. Even then, I wanted to write the story.