Hayley Chewins writes books about magical girls with secrets. We read and loved her debut, The Turnaway Girls, for its lyrical writing and vivid worldbuilding. Her second novel, The Sisters of Straygarden Place, will be released in September 2020. Her books are outstanding for their beautiful prose and interesting characters. We were thrilled to get the chance to interview her for this month’s post.
RapunzelReads: Who is your favorite character in The Turnaway Girls, and why?
Hayley Chewins: I adore Linna. She’s just so full of joy and light. And she’s kind. I like kind.
RR: The Turnaway Girls takes place in a vivid, detailed world—what inspired it?
HC: It was mostly inspired by language. What I mean by that is: I didn’t think up a place, and then find words to describe it. I wrote, and the world sprang up.
RR: What is your favorite part of the world of The Turnaway Girls?
HC: I love the cloister, even though it’s a dark, scary place. I just love the idea of a