Today, I'm sharing a brief interview with author Elisa Ludwig about her new released YA novel - Pretty Crooked.
------Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.
But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?
- First, I am curious. What or who influenced you to start writing?
There probably wasn't any one thing, as I have always wanted to write, for as long as I could remember. In general, I would say it came out of my love of reading.
- The concept of your novel is of a Robin Hood like heroine. What inspired you to choose that?
I was actually inspired by the Barefoot Bandit—he was still on the run when I came up with the idea and started to write about Willa. It was fascinating to see how he pulled off his schemes and how so many people identified with him.
- Is there a favorite heist of Willa's you enjoyed the most?
I love the scene in French class, because to me it's the scariest. She's such a newbie and she's taking such a big risk!
If you had the chance to be a Robin Hood, would you take that opportunity?
I probably would, but it would depend on the circumstances.
- If there were at least two items in the world you would jump at the chance to heist, what would they be?
If it were a Robin Hood situation I would procure medicine and shelter for those who needed it.
- What can we expect in the coming adventures of Willa?
Willa will be solving some new mysteries that have to do with her mother, and of course there will be kissing!
I'll be doing a review on Pretty Crooked soon, so look out for that!Thank you so much to Elisa for giving up time to answer a few questions. Go check out Pretty Crooked and get immersed into the world of Willa and her Robin-Hood adventures.