Good morning my lovelies! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I have a jammed packed week this week with posts so expect to see lots from me! Starting with today……today I have FOUR posts for you!! First up, on the blog tour for Hooverville I’m chatting with author Kayla Joy and bringing you an author Q&A. Enjoy……
Author: Kayla Joy
Genre: NA / Adult Historical Fiction/Romance
Estimated page count: 240
Formats available: Hardcover,Paperback and eBook
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
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.
q&a with Kayla joy
Historical Fiction, Speculative Horror, Contemporary Fantasy
Tell us a bit about yourself:
First of all thank you for having me and my book on your blog. It means a lot! I’m Kayla, I’m a 21 year old author of Hooverville, and of Morbid Tales from Behind the Mirror, a collection of short horror stories inspired by The Twilight Zone. I love animals and would love to work in a zoo someday or in a job protecting wildlife when I’m not writing. I love writing in multiple different genres and finding what sticks, which is why I chose to self publish Hooverville last year.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing stories as far back as I can remember. My whole family loves to write, all my cousins and my mom and my sister, so it must be somewhere in my blood. I had a lot of encouragement from family members and teachers, and a lot of discouragement too, which probably made me more eager to write out of spite.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve published 2 books, and I’m currently working on the sequel to Morbid Tales and an untitled contemporary fantasy-mystery novel.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Every single one of my books came from an important part of my life. That said, when I finish a book, I usually put it aside and work on the next thing, so right now my favorite book is the next one.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I name them after other characters/projects! Annaleise went through no less than five name changes. I knew I wanted to name her after Little Orphan Annie (the Broadway Musical has a song about a Hooverville, and FDR is featured in that story too, so it’s a reference to that!) Her full name was tougher to decide. I played with variations of Anna, Anastasia, etc; and when I decided on Annaleise, truthfully I just didn’t know how to spell it, and the misspelled version stuck. Thomas Kelley was named after Jack Kelly from Newsies. Peter is named after Peter Pan.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Ooohh. Thomas Kelley has some survival skills and I think he could keep us alive, but Peter is a great comedic relief and he would really lighten the mood. We’d probably die, but we’d die happy. (Sorry, Annaleise!)
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Emma Donaghue is my favorite. She crosses genres and somehow masters every single one and I basically want to be her with all of my different genres. My favorite book of hers is obviously Room, because it’s incredible how she told a very large and impactful story through the eyes of a child.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I think the first fiction story I really remember writing was a heartfelt drama I wrote in the fifth grade called Adrian’s Park for which I took inspiration from Bridge to Terabithia and killed the main character at the end.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I was an actress for years! I was a background extra in the final Hunger Games movie when I was 14, and worked on lots of local short films as various roles before I quit acting shortly after Me Too. For a while during quarantine I was selling colored pencil portraits of pets. I worked in a restaurant and currently a bowling alley!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d love to go to the 1970’s and go see some amazing concerts.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would probably kill to have lunch with Julie Andrews, Michelle Obama, or Elton John. I just love them all so much.
What are your favourite things to do?
Writing is my #1 favorite thing to do. Always has been. But when I’m not writing, I love being with my dogs and my family, going on our adventures and little day trips. I love anything where we’re all together, whether it’s a day at the beach or game night at home.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I once played Ski Ball with Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld and Peter Billingsly while on set for a movie that was so bad they decided to never release it.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Just keep writing even if people tell you you shouldn’t, even if your first books don’t make it big. Just keep writing because you love it.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
I Am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Hooverville is a typical historical romance, but it’s about a previously untold story about the class differences during The Great Depression, and the Bonus Army. It’s about the sacrifices one person can make for the greater good. Hooverville follows socialite Annaleise Winston as she reacts to an engagement to a man she hates and runs away from her glamorous life to a homeless camp called Hooverville. You can order Hooverville at all major retailers or at your local bookshop! My website is kaylajoybooks.com for links to buy all my books.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Kayla for chatting with us in her wonderful interview.
If you have any questions for her just get in touch.
I’ll be back again very soon.