Portland author's novel inspired by historical image

Portland author's novel inspired by historical image

A real-life photo from 1948 inspired Portland author Kristina McMorris to write her latest novel “Sold on a Monday.”

POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE SHOOTER. SHE IS A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR WHO IS FROM PORTLAND, AND HER NEWEST NOVEL IS ALREADY SEEING BIG RESULTS. IT'S THE FIFTH NOVEL FOR KRISTINA MCMORRIS, AND AS JENNY HANSSON FOUND OUT, THE IDEA THAT SPARKED IT CAME FROM A PHOTOGRAPH. JENNY: IT WAS THIS REAL-LIFE PHOTO FROM 1948 THAT INSPIRED PORTLAND AUTHOR KRISTINA MCMORRIS. I SAVED THE PHOTO FOR A WHILE AND IT JUST KEPT HAUNTING ME AND COMING BACK TO IT. JENNY: IT LED TO HER LATEST NOVEL, "SOLD ON A MONDAY,"RELEASED LAST WEEK. WHAT I ENJOY IS BRINGING TRUE STORIES, THESE AMAZING NUGGETS OF HISTORY THAT YOU THINK HOW DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW THIS? I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS, AND PUT AN INTERESTING STORY AROUND IT THAT SELLS IT AS FICTION. JENNY: HER HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS HAVE MADE THE MAJOR BEST SELLER LISTS, AND THIS ONE IS ON TRACK TO DO THE SAME, WITH COSTCO ORDERING 10 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF THEIR ORIGINAL ORDER. KRISTINA SAYS SHE DIDN'T INTEND FOR THIS NOVEL TO BE SO TIMELY, COVERING ISSUES LIKE SEXISM, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND FAMILIES BEING SEPARATED. SO MANY TOPICS THAT I DIDN'T PLAN ON BEING RELEVANT TODAY BUT AS YOU WRITE A STORY LIKE THAT YOU COME OUT THE OTHER END AND THINK WOW THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE STILL RELEVANT TO THIS DAY. JENNY: THIS MOM OF TWO IS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON HER NATIONAL BOOK TOUR WITH 50 STOPS. AS FOR THE REAL KIDS IN THE PHOTO, SHE HAS SPOKEN TO ONE OF THEM WHO IS STILL ALIVE, AND SUPPORTIVE OF KRISTINA'S EFFORTS TO GIVE THEM A BETTER OUTCOME IN THE NOVEL, THAN WHAT HAPPENED IN

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