Lizzie Maguire, author? It looks like it. Actress Hilary Duff has just signed a multi-book deal with Simon & Schuster to produce a series of young adult novels, the first of which is titled Elixir and will hit stores in October. According to a release from the publisher, the book “combines the overpowering allure of a dangerous love triangle with thrilling international adventure.”

Duff’s protagonist is a globe-trotting photojournalist who is attempting to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance. “I’ve always love the escape of a great book, especially one that features a strong, inspiring female character you feel you really understand,” says Duff. The former teen icon will also be writing a nonfiction book about divorce and its effect on children, which is slated for a Spring 2012 release.