PC: First, I want to thank you for being a guest here on Paper Cuts! I love your writing and think your an awesome author! JL: Thank you :)
PC: How did you come up with the idea for Grace Doll?
JL: Years ago I worked in the motion picture industry. I was a stand in for "Julie" on The Love Boat and for other stars on shows like Dallas, Dynasty, in movies and in commercials. I met lots of interesting people there--one was a makeup artist who I became friends with. He had a son who worked with me, and along with all of the other fascinating facts about filming, behind the scene politics and the personalities of famous people and the people who 'made' them, the idea for Grace Doll was born.
PC: What did you find challenging when you were writing Grace Doll? The easiest part?
JL: The most challenging part was Grace's character. She's a person who's lived a loooooong time but she's still a teenager. Very difficult to create the nuances of a wise person and yet keep them cloistered in the body of a teenager. The easiest part was choosing my aunt's name: Grace Doll for my main character.
PC: What was the most interesting thing you had to research?
JL:The aspect of eternal youth. A neighbor happens to be a brilliant scientist / doctor in that field and he shared his findings on the subject to help with reasonable credibility.
PC: Is Grace Doll going to be apart of a series? Or a stand alone?
JL: At this point, stand alone. It depends on the feedback I get -- personally, I'd love to see more of Grace's life after Solomon discovers her.PC: How did you discover your passion for writing?
JL: I wrote when I was in elementary school and then as a teenager. always loved reading and writing.PC: 5 reasons to read Grace Doll?
JL:PC: 5 of your favorite quotes from Grace Doll?
- There's no other book out there like it.
- It's a peek at the studio system that was prevalent in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
- The characters are complex.
- The story takes place over a few days.
- They wait for me, the crowd, like savages awaiting a sacrifice.
- The rasp in his voice rolls into the room like a mystical carpet, inviting and dangerous.
- The area is mature, gorged with trees and year-round flowering shrubs fleshing out the affluent area like an aging actress clinging to beauty.
- A parched desert dares to bloom.
- My tone is his Grace's tone: milky seduction with enough little girl lost to urge his lust.
- "Sizzle, darling, sizzle."
PC: Any upcoming projects you would like to share?
JL: I'm taking a break.
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