Kim Purcell, a former journalist, was teaching English as a Second Language when she got the idea for this novel. Many of her students were from the former Soviet Union and they shared their struggles with her. She decided to write about the issue of human trafficking and travelled to Moldova, one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union, to get to the root of the problem. There she met many beautiful, poor and desperate girls who were being raised by one parent or a grandparent, a combination of qualities which makes these girls particularly vulnerable. She hopes that girls all around the world, including the Western world, will read this book and perhaps think twice before being lured by people who only want to use them.
Kim lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.