About the Author

Caroline Lee enjoys living in the city of Chicago with her husband Rebel. When she's not writing, she can sometimes be found shopping at Macy's. She loves cupcakes, Brussels sprouts, and texting her 10-year old niece. Don't tell anybody, but she's also a teeny bit scared of riding the freight elevator in her building.

Q & A with Caroline

What character in the book best describes you?

Peppin and his love for Frango chocolate, of course~ Actually I think there is a bit of me in every character; Veronique's love of fashion, Mother's anxiety, Esmeralda's artistic spirit and Maxzyne's impatience to grow up and be her own person.

How long did it take you to write the book?

It took about  9 months to write the first draft of the book .But the hardest part is the rewrite! It's important to get other people to review your work to make sure it's the best it can be.

What was your favorite children's book?

I loved the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis so much that I did a book report on it in the 6th grade. The idea of finding another place and time at the back of your closet just amazed me. And poor Edmund! He fell for the White Witch's trick and ate her candy which nearly cost Narnia everything.

Who is your favorite artist past and present?

I have a particular fondness for Renoir. His painting "The Boating Party" always makes me smile because the colors are so vibrant and the people portrayed are enjoying themselves. As for a present artist favorite, I am a huge fan of Jonathan Wolfe, the talented illustrator for Maxzyne. I also admire the homeless artisans living ion the Chicago streets. They create and market their art in such challenging conditions. Some of Maxzyne's web pages feature their art.

Will you write another book about Maxzyne?

I do plan to write another book about Maxzyne's adventures right here in the city of Chicago. and I'm also working with composer Tom Sivak on musical adaptation for he stage. Stay tuned!