Louis Bayard is the author of the new young adult novel Lucky Strikes.
From his Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Lucky Strikes and for your character Amelia, a teenager who runs a gas station in 1930s Virginia?Learn more about the book and author at Louis Bayard's website.
A: Amelia came and found me. She has an importunate quality to her, as any reader will discover, and once I’d been introduced to her, the only questions left were: “What’s your story? How can I best tell it?”
Q: How did you research the Depression-era setting and especially the history of gas stations in that time?
A: Well, there’s a reason the book name-checks Clark Gable and Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy because I grew up watching those vintage Hollywood movies on TV (even though I was a couple of generations removed).
So I think I carry a lot of that time period inside me, but of course, I made a point of reading a lot of literature from the period to make sure I got the idioms right.
I know nothing about cars or gas stations, then or now, so...[read on]
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