Finding Mrs. Ford
with author Deborah Goodrich Royce
Book Summary: What if everything you’ve worked so hard to overcome and forget about your past — including the person you used to be, 35 years and another lifetime ago — abruptly came crashing back?
That’s the nightmare at the center of Deborah Goodrich Royce’s debut novel, Finding Mrs. Ford. Drawing on her memorable past as an actress, starting with her role in the daytime drama All My Children as Silver Kane (scheming sister of the legendary Erica Kane) and her talents as a screenplay editor and writer, Royce unravels a complex tale of two women — the pulled-together, conscientious, and accomplished Susan Bentley Ford and the charismatic, reckless Annie Nelson — whose lives become intertwined in progressively unsettling and startling ways.
Alternating between the unsettling present and harrowing past, Finding Mrs. Ford gradually reveals the truth about Susan and Samuel Fakhouri. Finding Mrs. Ford is a novel about universal themes — friendship, love, grief, and the remarkable human capacity for resilience — from a writer who excels at her craft.
About the author: Deborah Goodrich Royce graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a BA in modern foreign languages (French and Italian) and a minor in dance. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the same institution.
Deborah was an actress in film and television for ten years. After the birth of her daughters, Deborah moved to Paris in 1992 and worked as a reader for Le Studio Canal Plus. On her return to the US, she transitioned to Miramax Films as their story editor. With writing partner, Mitch Giannunzio, she won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop their original screenplay, “Susan Taft Has Run Amok.”
Deborah serves on multiple boards, including the national council of the American Film Institute, the executive board of the Greenwich International Film Festival, and the governing boards of the New York Botanical Garden, the Greenwich Historical Society, and the PRASAD Project. She currently also serves on the board of trustees for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Finding Mrs. Ford is her first novel.
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