Bonner resident graces cover of new novel
When book lovers open one new romantic novel, they may imagine the face of the main character as that of a Bonner Springs resident.
That’s because Beth Grimm graces the cover of the recently-published book “Surrender the Dawn” by Mary Lu Tyndall, representing the book’s main character, Cassandra. The strange thing is, Cassandra is described in the book as a redhead, and Grimm is brunette.
“I think some of the fans of the book series were like, ‘Why is there a brunette on the cover?’” Grimm joked.
Grimm, 25, has been working as a model part-time for about a year and a half and has mostly been in advertisements and commercials in the Kansas City region. The book cover may give her the widest exposure yet, along with an advertisement for a Neustar cell phone application that may go national.
Grimm said she didn’t think about modeling professionally until her late teens.
“I was kind of like a late bloomer, so I kind of got interested in it after high school,” she said. “Everyone would say ‘Oh, you should get into modeling,’ but I wasn’t confident at that point.”
Instead, she got an associate’s degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College and moved to Florida for a short time before coming back to Bonner Springs.
So it wasn’t until about three years ago that she decided to go to a local model search competition with the Overland Park-based agency Exposure Inc.
“I didn’t win, but they ended up calling me and offering me a contract,” she said. “The next day, I found out I was pregnant.”
So Grimm delayed modeling until after the birth of her son, when she contacted the agency again and was signed. Since then, she has been in fashion spreads for locally-based publications like Her Life magazine, 435 South magazine, commercials for Capitol Federal, the Kansas Lottery and Wright Technical College, and advertisements like a local Diet Pepsi ad.
While Grimm enjoyed the commercials, she said she was glad they didn’t challenge her acting skills too much.
“Thankfully, because I am not an actress, most of them have been with no speaking lines,” she said.
Grimm is currently attending Washburn University to become a probation officer, and while modeling has helped pay some of her college expenses, she said she doesn’t expect to take on her modeling career full time.
“Sometimes I wish I would have gotten into it when I was younger, because maybe I would have had the opportunity to go big time, but now it’s like a hobby,” she said. “Maybe in the future I would have opportunity to go to a bigger agency, but that would require me to move to another city.”
The book cover came about when the Ohio-based publisher contacted her modeling agency. The book is available at amazon.com and can also be found in some book stores — Grimm got her copy at Books A Million in The Legends.
While it’s nice to see herself on the cover, she admits has mixed feelings about it,
“It was really cool,” she said. “I’ve liked other pictures of myself better, but that’s the look they were going for. And my husband likes to show it off to everyone.”