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J. M. SteeleDescribe your latest project.
The Market is a novel about a girl who discovers that there's a social stock market at her high school where all the senior girls are valued and traded as equities. Horrified that she's ranked as a "junk bond", and with a crush on resident cool guy Will B., she goes on a mission to climb the market and become a "blue chip"... but loses her soul along the way. It's a fun cautionary tale about popularity and the danger of losing a sense of your own self-worth.
I've always been close to my mother and it's probably one of the reasons I gravitate toward writing strong female protagonists. Anyway, when my mother was in high school, she was dating a guy and he'd given her a friendship ring. One morning at school she found out that he'd gone out on a date with another girl behind her back, so she went to the shop, took off the ring, and melted it with a blow torch. Soon after in the lunchroom and with a smile on her face she gave him back his "ring", now just a lump of metal. Every time I think about this story it makes me laugh.
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J.M. Steele is a pseudonym for two writers. What's it like writing with a co-author?
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J. M. Steele is the pseudonym for two New York entertainment industry professionals. Together they wrote The Taker and The Market. One author lives in New Jersey, the other in New York City.