It’s high time you officially meet Gracie Lee, the nine-almost-ten-year-old protagonist of The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee. Over the next two months before official book release, I’ll be talking more and more about her. What she likes and says and does.
So who is she really?
Let me start by saying it’s true, the idea of “writing what you know”. Gracie Lee was born from a compilation of true life stories, what began as memoir. So it’s only natural that we share many memories. But Gracie Lee is her own person apart from me.
She’s precocious and mature beyond her years. And brave when it counts.
She counts the days until her tenth birthday, certain that ten will feel different than nine.
Her Momma sees to it that she practices the piano, a complete waste of time in Gracie Lee’s opinion. Instead, she’d much rather learn to speak French, a skill she’s sure will help her someday when she has an important job working somewhere other than in Arkansas.
She still plays with Barbie, but tries to keep this from her Daddy.
As Gracie Lee lies in bed at night, unable to sleep, her mind is chock-full of questions and notions and secrets that churn like the nearby muddy Mississippi.
Look for The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee coming soon from SYP Publishing.
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