Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.
Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him.
With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known... and embracing the role she was born to play.
Interview with Jennifer Laurens
Grace Doll is a famous actress and I couldn't help but think of Marilyn Monroe while reading the book, since there are so many theories about her life and death. Was Grace's character inspired by the life of any Hollywood star in particular?
Hollywood's always been an interest of mine -- made more keen by working in the business. I've read many biographies and Marilyn, Shirley Temple, Mommie Dearest, Grace Kelly were all fascinating. I'd have to say that where none were the direct inspiration for Grace Doll, there were aspects of the actresses lives that provided fictional details such as Louis B. Mayer had an extensive, elaborate "cottage" built for Shirley Temple ( as her dressing room ) that I borrowed from for Rufus Solomon building Grace a "cottage" on the studio lot.
In the beginning of the book we follow Grace's point of view, but later on we change to Brenden's. How come you chose to write the book this way?
The story is both of theirs---two people brought together by the one man who linked them both: Brenden's father. It was a creative challenge I wanted to take on as well.
Rufus Solomon is described as a monster. His love for Grace is sick and I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley. Are there any redeeming qualities about him at all?
None in this part of the story, no.
If Grace Doll was made into a movie, who would you like to play Grace?
An actress who could capture the fine nuances of her years but retain her innocence and youth, captured at seventeen.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Stay true to your muse whatever it is. If you try to write commercially but your heart is Literary, you're going to dislike writing and dislike yourself for selling out. Find your path, or do like so many of us indies do: CREATE your own path. :)
A big thanks to Jennifer for taking the time to answer the questions for this wonderful interview!
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