Actress, artist, and YouTuber Hayley LeBlanc is adding author to her list of accomplishments! The star’s first book, a middle grade mystery about Hayley herself hit shelves this week.
The Hayley Mysteries follow Hayley as tries to uncover mysteries behind the scenes of a Nancy Drew-like TV show called Sadie Solves It. Mysteries are happening behind the camera, too! The first book The Hayley Mysteries: The Haunted Studio puts Hayley in a position to solve a terrifying ghost mystery while still playing her part on the show.
“When Hayley gets the lead role in a new TV show called Sadie Solves It, she’s so excited…even if there are rumors of hauntings surrounding the Silver Screen Studios. It’s LA, she thinks—there are ghost stories everywhere! But to her surprise, strange things actually start happening as production ramps up. Lights flicker, cold blasts of air come out of nowhere, and one day the electricity is cut to the studio entirely with no clear cause. Can Hayley and her two best friends solve the mystery of the haunted studio…before it means curtains for their show?”
Hayley partnered with Sourcebooks to create the three-book series, leaning into her love of mystery, horror, and true crime for inspiration. The titles of the next two books in the trilogy and their covers have already been revealed! Following The Haunted Studio in The Hayley Mysteries series are The Missing Jewels and The Secret on Set. While The Haunted Studio leans into Hayley’s love of spooky horror, the other two books have more crime and potential danger as Hayley and friends (and her black cat Salem!) try to hunt down a jewel thief and uncover the mystery of a dead body that may or may not be real.
In her Q&A book signing at Barnes & Noble, Hayley shared that she worked with writer Sara Sheppard who also wrote the bestselling Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game book series to bring The Hayley Mysteries to life. She also worked with an illustrator to bring the story to life with chapter illustrations.
On her hopes for the series, Hayley said, “For the teens, when I was writing this, I just thought it was such a good wholesome book, and I hope that the teens, you know, leave thinking ‘Aw, that reminds me of my childhood,’ if you ever did mysteries as a kid. But as for the kids, I hope it inspires them to be a little more curious.”
Readers that purchase the book (which is signed!) through Book Soup can participate in the Giving Program with Literally Healing. Literally Healing is an innovative reading program that gifts families at Children’s Hospital LA more than 65,000 books annually. Through the donation program, Literally Healing will gift copies of The Hayley Mysteries: The Haunted Studio and the proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To learn more about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, visit www.chla.org.
The Hayley Mysteries: The Missing Jewels and The Secret on Set are available now for pre-order and will be out in September and November 2022 respectively.