Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Author Interview - Jennifer Laurens



What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
GRACE DOLL mixes the glamor of the Golden Age of Hollywood with Poltics. Power. Possession.Deception and a love story that bridges decades. 


How did you come up with the title and cover design? 
The name Grace Doll is my aunt's name---so unusual, I had to use it somewhere! As an indie author, one of the things I like best about my work is controlling the outcome from inception to hardcover book. I toyed around with different cover concepts, but loved the idea of the starlet in her chair. On the back flap, the chair is empty. The distressed artwork, the color scheme all lend themselves to the mood of the book.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Brenden's estranged relationship with his father is kind of me 'purging' about my relationship with my estranged father. Both fathers were in show business, both had remarried, both were perceived as selfish and neglectful. Then of course there's the title being the name of my aunt. I enjoy using details from my own life, or the lives of people I know-- I feel very connected to a story that way.

Are you a self published (Indie) author?
Happily, yes.

What book do you know that you will never read? 

Fifty Shades of Gray

Have you ever read a book more than once? 

Constantly. In fact, as the reading choices of today become more scarce ( IMO ) I turn back to my "bibles" ( fav books ) all the time. At least I'm guaranteed a quality read.

Who designed the cover of your book? 

Cortnie Lowe, friend, critique partner and artist.

Do you have a book trailer? Yes!

How do you feel about book trailers? 

I love them. And, with Grace Doll being about the film industry and movie stars, a book trailer works nicely for it. ( Blogger note: Please have the book trailer posted with this post - you can find it by going to YouTube and searching for: Grace Doll book trailer. )

ebook or hardcover? 

Ebook. I have a Nook and never have to worry about pages falling out, yellowing or whatever.

Thanks for having 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.

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About the Author
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.


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Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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