Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens: Interview & Excerpt

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

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.



Rufus slides into the empty canvas chair next to me, my hand still at his lips. His gaze pins me with black fire. “Jon was touching you.” He kisses each finger one by one.
My heart trembles beneath my breast. “He was greeting me, nothing more.”
With one last, penetrating stare, he stands, looking down at me. “Clear the set!”
Panic flutters in my veins. I grip the arms of the wooden chair. I can’t bear looking into the faces of those around me.
Silently, workers drift down from the rafters overhead. Set dressers, costume matrons, even Jonathan, quietly wind their way around sets, lights and cables.
“Jon!” Rufus booms.
Jonathan stops, turns.
“You. Stay.”
Oh no. No. Over and over the door of the soundstage opens and then thuds closed as the giant building empties.
Tomb-like silence follows. Jonathan doesn’t move.
“I’ve invited a photographer to take some photos, my darling.” Rufus leans close, his cigar-tainted breath filling my ear, nose. I close my eyes, forcing myself not to turn away.
He sets his finger under my chin and turns my face to his. “Grace, look at me.” He smiles at the fear I can’t disguise. “He’s very good, you’ll see.”
I have no doubt the photographer is good. Rufus doesn’t let anyone near me unless they are the best.
“And Jon…” he tosses over his shoulder without taking his gaze from mine. “Do your job. Make sure Grace’s makeup is perfect.”
I don’t dare glance at Jonathan, I’d infuriate Rufus.
A little man dressed in baggy slacks, tweed coat and a lop-sided hat appears. He sets up his equipment at the edge of the set. The long, stick legs of the camera spread out like spears beneath it. The man nods at Jonathan as if he senses the tension building.
Rufus takes my hand, bringing me to my feet. He scans me from head to toe. “Take off the robe.”


Welcome Jennifer!  Thanks for this chance to ask you a few questions. If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I did. Heavenly. It’s about a teenage girl who falls in love with her autistic sister’s guardian angel. It’s about a girl trying to help her addict brother. It’s about a girl trying to find herself while everything around her crumbles and how the influence of an angel changes her life.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

Yes. I took my oldest daughter’s name and my middle name and created Jennifer Laurens.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

 I love hearing from my readers. Interacting with readers is probably the most satisfying part of being an author. I encourage it and some of my best friends are people I’ve met via my books! The most common questions I get: Will there be more books in the HEAVENLY series? And: PLEASE write a sequel to A Season of Eden!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That I love living with the characters during the duration of the project. That I can’t stop thinking about and talking about the story during the writing of the book.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

That’s an interesting question: considering. I usually don’t purposefully consider writing something specific—the story exists in my head and HAS to come out. Anything artificially created will not float. My muse is my compass. I’ve got three I’m juggling simultaneously at the moment. Two are fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi-ish and the other is another coming-of-age story ( my favorite sub-genre to write )

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

I don’t read reviews. Early in my writing career, I chose to not read the good, or the bad. Books are a subjective form of art. What appeals to one won’t appeal to another.

What would we find under your bed?

Storage containers packed with Fisher Price Little People, Dolls and magazines.

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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1 comment:

jenniferlaurens said...

Thanks for participating in the tour!