Actress and singer Hilary Duff isn’t slowing down after having married professional hockey player Mike Comrie. The newlywed’s been book signing and promoting Elixir in pursuit of her most recent endeavor, writing.
“I love adventure. I relate to girl characters, love, finding yourself and breaking out of the mold that people put you in,” Hilary told the Associated Press.
A Simon & Schuster press release opened up about Elixir’s plot… “Clea Raymond is a talented young photojournalist who has spent her entire life in the spotlight as the daughter of a Washington politician and a renowned surgeon. Haunted by the strange appearance of a mysterious young man in her photographs, Clea travels the globe with her best friends, Rayna and Ben, in a race against time to unravel a centuries-old mystery that could unlock the key to her soulmate’s true identity and the secret of her father’s disappearance-and ultimately save all their lives.”
When asked about inspiration, Hilary explains that she took on the challenge and wrote the book because of an idea that she couldn’t shake - in contrast to seeking an idea because she wanted to write a book. After she started the project though, she realized, “That’s one thing I learned during the writing process. So much changes. You have an idea in your head and then more ideas come with that idea and then your premise can kind of change.”
Another challenge? Writing her novel while she planned her wedding, keeping to deadlines, and avoiding the last minute. She concludes that writing Elixir was most likely harder.
Hilary won’t be putting the pen down soon. Elixir will be part of a fictional young adult series, which is part of the deal the new writer signed with her publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Also Simon & Schuster already own rights to publish a nonfiction novel, which will be about what children encounter during divorce, an experience personal to Hilary.