Kristina McMorris is best known as the author of Sold On A Monday, which spent 20 weeks on the NY Times bestsellers list. The novel is set during the great depression and is about a newspaper reporter who takes a photograph of two boys holding a sign, “2 children for sale.” The photograph kicks off a series of events that leads to a romance with a young woman at the paper, a run in with the mob, and a terrible quest to get to the bottom of the fate of the 2 children in the photograph.

In this interview, we talk about how McMorris got interested in the great depression, the real photo that she based the novel on, and how she eventually got to meet one of the subjects in that photo.

For our character test, we examine Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (bet that’s not the sister you thought we’d choose).

Finally we talk about how to live a story with a happy ending.

As always, there’s a free prize, which you can get below.

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