Another day gone, and another book to feature! All of the links to the posts dealing with this celebration will be located on the starter post, which also has a giveaway! Tomorrow we will take a short little break from all of the festivities to recoup and recap! But before we get to that let’s check out my interview with Amanda Moon, author of Stealing the Ruby Slippers!
Welcome to the blog Amanda! Let’s start off by introducing my readers to your book! Can you describe Stealing the Ruby Slippers in one sentence?
A criminal’s chance to pay off his debts and start his life over, a hurricane, and the most famous shoes in the world.
Can you share a sentence or quote from Stealing the Ruby Slippers?
I should be proud. I flip the TV back on and find the local news at noon. The FBI is now investigating the theft, but there are limited resources to devote with everything that is happening in New Orleans, and there are no clues. There is no evidence. I did it right.”
What inspired you to write a book about someone stealing the famous ruby slippers?
The crime and the timing are both real— a pair of ruby slippers was stolen from Grand Rapids, MN, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. I’m from a small town near Grand Rapids, but was living in Nashville at the time. I found out about the theft while watching Hurricane coverage, and they’ve always been linked in my mind.
Wow, I didn’t know that they were actually stolen!
Okay, I have to ask. What is your favorite character from the Wizard of Oz? I love the Cowardly Lion.
I’ve always liked the Scarecrow. For a man without a brain, he’s pretty entertaining.
Definitely! I always loved how clumsy he was.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I think flying would be fun.
I think I’d like to give flying a try…right after I get rid of my fear of heights!
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison. It’s soooooooo good.
Spring. Especially now that I’m back in Minnesota.
Writing or typing?
And finally to close things up, a question I ask all authors! Any advice for aspiring authors?
Excerpt from Stealing the Ruby Slippers
She’s seen them; there’s no way of denying it to her. The guyd, maybe they’re drunk enough I can convince them they didn’t see what they thought they saw. But Kelly – she’s too awake to convince it was all a dream. Fuck. Damage control. I’m praying she hasn’t touched them when I walk back in the room.
One shoe is sitting on the bed; the other is cradled in her hands. She turning it around and around, looking at it from every possible angle.
“Is it really them?” she asks when I close the bedroom door.
I make a split decision and nod. A lie isn’t going to help. She can be devious and vengeful. Deceit doesn’t play well. But maybe if she feels like a partner in the crime…
“So…you did it?”
I nod again.
I shrug. “I needed the money.”
“You’re going to sell them?”
“They’re already sold. Can you please put that down?”
She looks at the shoe in her hand and flinches, like she had forgotten it was there. “Sorry.” She gently sets the shoe down. “Shit, I’m sorry—” she reaches for both shoes, moving like she’s going to shove them back in the backpack.
“Just stop!” I’m more harsh than I mean to be, but a lot nicer than I could be. “Just. Stop.”
She backs away, hands in the air. Two sequins are stuck to her fingers.
“I’ll take care of it.”
I’ve already got my gloves on again. I pick the shoes up and gently wrap them in a towel and slide them in the backpack.
“What should I do? I didn’t ruin them, did I?”
I pick the sequins off her fingers and drop them on top of the shoes. “Why were you digging through my backpack?” I try to keep my voice calm. It’s not working very well. I’m tired. And Kelly’s not stupid. She knew exactly what she was doing.
“I was looking for cigarettes,” Kelly says. She bats her eyelashes in a way that makes her look sweet. Innocent. Vulnerable. It usually works. It almost works now. “I’m sorry, I know they’re in there sometimes—” I turn away, open the nightstand and throw a pack at her. She’s startled, but catches them. Her eyes narrow and seem to get darker, just for a second. Then the big round doe eyes are back.
“Don’t. Just don’t.” I see more sequins, and felt, stuck to Kelly’s shirt and the bed. I squat down and try to collect them, careful not to get any stuck to my jeans. Brad and Eric have seen the shoes. Kelly has seen them. I’m fucked
Jared Canning is out of money and out of time. His gambling debts are due, and his creditors are not the kind that grant extensions. An old friend offers him a job: break into a small town museum, steal a pair Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz, and share the profits when they are sold to a buyer in New Orleans.
On August 25, 2005, Jared pulls off the heist perfectly.
The next day, Jared watches Hurricane Katrina slam into New Orleans. His buyer, and his money, are gone.
Jared has a creditor with a thirst for blood on his tail, the police knocking on his door, and the most famous shoes in the country hidden in his dirty laundry. He needs to outsmart a sexy, scheming girlfriend, a drunk buddy who saw too much, and just possibly himself in order to find his way out.
Stealing the Ruby Slippers imagines wild possibilities for a real life mystery, blending fact and fiction to keep you guessing until the last page