An Interview With Author Jennifer Laurens

I am pleased to have author, Jennifer Laurens, whose recent book, Grace Doll, is virtually touring the blogosphere right now!

1. Tell us a little bit about how you write your books:

Usually, I mull over an idea for a while (months, even years ) before it hits the paper ( or computer ) With Grace Doll, I originally wrote it as a screenplay years ago, then as a women's romance, and then as a YA novel. The story went through A LOT of changes in the process: the screenplay was a romantic comedy. The final tone was much darker--something my writing tends toward.
2. How long have you been writing and what do you love about it?

Since junior high school. Once my 6 children were all in school, I started writing full time. I love it because it gives me a safe place to explore ideas and it's a creative medium I have control over. ( Like in Heavenly, my personal 'purge' novel about my feelings toward autism, handicaps, society accepting handicapped people, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and the affects on a family, life after death, guardian angels) I was able to control the outcome of a situation that, in real life, I have little control over. Writing about things that matter and things that just plain make me smile is a major stress reliever for me.
3. What hobbies/interests do you have?

Besides writing, I love traveling, weight training, doll collecting, miniatures and anything and all things Disney.
4. Something people would be surprised to know about me is…I sing opera.
5. If you could invite 4 people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you invite and what would you serve?
A hit-dish everyone loves: Aurora's Chicken Pepperoni over angel hair pasta, with a salad ( light vinaigrette dressing :) and for dessert: Kitty Katrina cake. ( a made-from-scratch French Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting )
6. I can’t live without…My family. My laptop. My Samsung Galaxy 2. Mascara!!
7. Tell us a little about this current book - what was your favorite part about writing it?

I loved writing both POVs---seeing the story unfold from both Grace and Brenden's perspective was fun and challenging, getting the 'voices' down. Also, I adore Rufus Solomon --- he's so despicable.
8. What's next for your writing?

I'm working on a ghost story.
9. How can your fans stay up to date with what you are doing? I'm always ready to embrace new friends. I encourage readers to find me on Twitter and Facebook--I'm active on both, with chats and giveaways.

Thank you so much for stopping by Acting Balanced today, Jennifer!  Readers can read more about the book, Jennifer, enter a great giveaway and find the tour schedule by clicking here