Hilary Duff signs multi-book deal; first book titled Elixir

MUMBAI: Hilary Duff has signed a world rights deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to publish her first-ever young adult fiction series.

The first novel in the multiple-book series, entitled Elixir, publishes in hardcover in October 2010. Also part of the deal are world rights for a nonfiction title to be published in spring 2012 concerning the challenges faced by children of divorce–an issue that has touched Duff’s own life.

Duff said, "I’ve always loved the escape of a great book, especially one that features a strong, inspiring female character you feel you really understand, someone who could be you, but living a more fascinating life. I’m hoping Elixir will be that kind of book–a novel that will transport readers and open new worlds for them."

Duff began her career on the Disney Channel sitcom, Lizzie McGuire. She has since worked on a number of films and TV series, and most recently appeared in a guest-starring role on Gossip Girl. She has also released three multiplatinum albums as well as a clothing line for DKNY and a bestselling fragrance, With Love… Hilary Duff, for Elizabeth Arden.

"Hilary Duff is a multi-talented international sensation and we are positive her leap into young adult books will be an incredible success. Elixir is a smart, unique page-turner, and we are thrilled to be able to give Hilary’s fans the opportunity to connect with her in an entirely new way," said Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers vice president Justin Chanda.