By Maria Merrill

At age fifty two, Maria Merrill ultimately had her portrait painted. What started as an include of a relatives culture — and her personal vainness — in any case introduced Merrill such a lot of delights, just one of them the ultimate portrait. In her debut tale, Being Seen/Vanity Dare, Merrill encourages the reader to accompany her on an intimate trip from artwork desirer to seen subject.

In her fascinating, clean and funny-as-hell voice, Merrill stocks her tale in an easy-going sort that’s open, sincere and revealing. She poses centuries-old questions unusually suitable in our selfie-soaked age: If given the chance, how may you decide to be painted? for those who knew your portray should be round on hundred years from now, what may you will want acknowledged approximately you in oil on canvas?

Merrill stocks the enjoyment of being open to what we actually wish, not to keeping again, and to embracing new demanding situations, friendships and our genuine selves.

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