Mercedes Helnwein is a visual artist and writer. She was born in Vienna, Austria, and grew up in Germany, Ireland, and partially the US and the UK. Instead of going to college she moved to L.A. where she began putting on art shows with her friends and selling her drawings. Her obsession with writing began at age ten when she wrote her first short story for a school assignment - The Celery Stick Who Became President. She currently lives and works in L.A. and Ireland.
Glittering and irreverent, Helnwein has crafted an iconic character for the ages in sharp-tongued iconoclast, Gracie Welles. Beautiful prose, characters that breathe, and a voice so thick you could swim in it-I am fully here for this book. -- - * David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik and Mosquitoland * All the terror and wonder of that first true love, masterfully detailed with true emotional rigor and blinding wit. My fifteen-year-old self wants to scream into a pillow with joy. -- David Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of * Frankly in Love *