Author: Gillian Felix
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One person’s perfect escape is another’s perfect hell.
In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?
When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him.
After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?
When I sat down to write Perfect Escape my mind was in a different place. I had it all outlined and took out parts of the scripts to include in the book (The Family Portrait series was originally written as a television series. For more on that check out the fun facts page http://familyportrait.plaintalkbm.com/fun-facts-about-the-series/)
While writing the characters interaction with each other, the story took on a life of its own. I’ve known these characters for years but putting them together in the book was much different than in the television series.
Perfect Escape revolves around the life of singing sensation Leighann DaCosta and the aftermath she faces from walking out on a successful singing career in favor of high school. Leighann experiences her first crush, has her first encounter with mean girls, and gets a glimpse of the politics behind the prestigious Westwood Academy of Higher Learning… I’m glad I’m no longer in high school!
Paring Leighann, Joel and Zax came much later in the television series but I bumped it up to book 4. To do that, I had to make sure that storyline wouldn’t unravel the other stories later on. So I got creative and focused on their relationship. I let them tell me what they wanted to do in this new situation. It took me a longer than usual to write Perfect Escape because the dynamics were different. I also had Leighann interact more with her estranged father. In the past, readers had only heard about him from her mother’s skewed point of view. In Perfect Escape the audience gets to know him the same time Leighann does.
On a personal note this book also helped strengthen my relationship with my own father. When I started the book he was alive and well and by the time the book was ready to be published, he died suddenly. So in more ways than one my world has changed from the beginning to the end of this book. I hope you will give this book a chance and see the bigger picture behind the drama.
Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.
When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.
When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.
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