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LAist Interview: Joy Nicholson

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Silver Lake-based author, Joy Nicholson, doesn't focus solely on the Southern California region, but her two books certainly capture many aspects of the region's anomie. Her first book, "The Tribes of Palos Verdes," chartered the journey of a young girl lost admist the SoCal surf culture after her parent's divorce. Nicholson's latest novel, "The Road to Esmeralda," travels further south to record the adventures of a couple living in Mexico.

When she's not writing, Nicholson focuses her time on rescuing dogs from euthanasia in animal shelters all over Los Angeles.

You can meet Joy at her book signing for "The Road to Esmeralda" on Friday, June 17th at 7 PM at Dutton's Brentwood.

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Age and Occupation:
38, writer, dog rescuer

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
Almost forever. I now live in Silverlake, and grew up in Palos Verdes.

Let's talk about your latest book, THE ROAD TO ESMERALDA.
Okay--thanks for asking about it.

What inspired you to write it?
The book changed a lot as it went along. It was initially romantic--
inspired by my travels; driving through Latin America in a Bronco with my husband and dogs. As I became more politically annoyed, open-eyed and amazed, (as a result of my travels) the story started to reflect the quagmires of nationalism, racism and commercialism I was experiencing everywhere in the world.