Annaleise Winston can never seem to fit in with the Society Girls, the strict rules that govern them, or their selfish indulgence during the Great Depression. Behind closed doors, her publicly perfect new fiance, Frank Alexander, is violent and dismissive, but without his financial security, Annaleise and her mother will be on the streets with not a penny to their name.
When Annaleise finally has enough, she runs away and accidentally becomes stranded in a Hooverville, a lawless homeless encampment in Central Park, where she must keep her identity a secret if she wants to stay alive. But a kind shoe shiner named Thomas Kelley may get in the way of everything she thought she ever wanted. As their love for each other grows, the Great Depression worsens, and Frank will pay any price to bring back his bride.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
My desk, the middle of the night.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I decorate my room to match the theme of what I’m writing. Since I’m currently drafting a witch book, I have drawings of witches on my wall, and I wear a witch hat! While writing Hooverville I kept black and white photos up and listened to music by Post Modern Jukebox.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I usually try to have a hot drink (tea or hot chocolate), and my snack has to be a combinatipn of salty and sweet, like chocolate covered pretzels or Popcorn with M&Ms. I don’t know why, it just has to!
– What is your favourite book?
So hard to choose! I love Little Women!
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I think if I constantly wrote in the same genre I would get bored. I currently have two speculative horror books (Morbid Tales from Behind the Mirror and its’ unpublished sequel), a historical fiction (Hooverville) and a contemporary fantasy/mystery.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Sometimes, but not for Hooverville. Rather, some characters like Frank are an amalgamation of lots of different people in my life.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Nooo. I write on my hands! I’ve been at work and had things like “____ is a bad guy” or “___ has to die” written on my arms.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Someone’s going to hate me for this, but I just don’t like science fiction.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Probably someone in my writing group! They’re all so talented, and I would be honored to write with any of them.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Iceland, because I was born there, or Scotland, because my next book is based on lots of Gaelic folklore.
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About the author
Kayla Joy is an author and artist living in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her many animals. At 20, she has already self published two books: Morbid Tales from Behind the Mirror (available on Amazon now) and Hooverville.
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