1. The name Grace Doll comes from my aunt -- making the character a more personal creation.
2. Grace Doll is set in Southern California, where I'm from, a place I love.
3. The story is personal. Brenden's feelings about his dad are taken from my own experience with my estranged father.
4. Hollywood. I worked in the entertainment industry, a fascinating, powerful place to be.
5. Immortality. The older I get, the nicer it would be to be forever young and lovely.
6. The rotating POV between Brenden and Grace Doll. I love seeing in both of their heads.
7. Rufus Solomon. He's so slick and smooth and bad. It was fun writing him.
8. Beverly Hills. Mom used to drive me around Bev Hills and we'd ooh and aah at the mansions. I love the setting.
9. Grace and Brenden's chemistry. One of my favorite themes to include in a book is intense, young love.
10. The e-book version of Grace Doll is my fav: with links to the Happily Ever After video, links to the playlist and the photos are gorgeous on the e-readers. Here's to hoping everyone has a copy in their e-reader.
“Mr. Solomon, you have a guest.”
Ah, the games. I know very well Rufus is salivating, I practically feel the spit dripping in the air. He wants me, just like he’s always wanted me.
I cross to the chair. His man watches me with that thrill that lit a million faces whenever Rufus’ Grace Doll was in public. His eyes, like anxious fingers, are hungry to peel away my clothes.
The closer I get to the chair, the more I see the bubbled scarring on Rufus’ head. I slow, and stop four feet behind. Get out of that chair, bastard, and face me.
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.
I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.