“After She Said Yes” by Kaya Gavitter is based on the very realistic psychological, emotional and physical torture that some women experience in their marriages. Hence, the title has the word “AFTER” before the words, “She Said Yes,” in it. Upon reading the first few words, I was captivated by the vivid and powerful description. The story is told from a third-person perspective. I could almost feel what the main character, Aurora, was feeling and thinking as she exchanged dialogue with her husband, Gannon. The relationship is evidently turbulent and a sudden desperation arose within me, as the reader, for the protagonist. I found myself telling this fictitious character, Aurora, “Leave him. Leave him, now! You deserve better! You´re a career woman! You´re an intelligent woman!” Probably easier said than done. I am intrigued and excited to reach the climax of this plot.

In fact, I had the honor of interviewing the author of “After She Said Yes,” Kaya:

R.Where did you get inspiration for writing “After She Said Yes?”

K. Inspiration for my book came from the many years of my volunteering for the Mestic abuse women shelters. Though these stories are not actually written down in the book, there are some similarities between real life and my book. My book is contemporary, a realistic women’s fiction. 

R.I find your story very exciting and am already looking forward to reading the climax! Could you disclose a little bit about what is going to happen without giving too much away?

K.Aurora will have a rekindled flirtation with her soon-to-be ex-husband’s friend, Melih, a Turkish Muslim man. But, will Aurora’s previous marriage stand in the way? Furthermore, finding surprising success after an article of hers goes viral, Aurora must make a choice: will she pursue her long-awaited dream job or take another shot at love?

R.It will be very interesting to read about her healing process from an abusive relationship to a potentially nurturing one! Tell us a little bit about your writing journey, Kaya.

K. I was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin. I have a BA with a double major in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where I was the editor-in-chief for the diversity newsletter and campus blog.  In 2016, I moved to the Florida Panhandle, where I work as a marketing manager and freelance writer. I have had articles published in The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, among other media outlets.

R.An abundance of experience you have, مَا شَاءَ ٱللَّه ! Where do you find your inspiration for writing, in general?

K. I first realized I loved writing stories when I was only twelve years old. My teacher eventually helped me turn it into a play which was acted out at the school theater! I gain inspiration from my life experiences of interacting with women who are in or have survived abusive marriages/relationships. Though the novel is fiction, I hope my novel helps many women who are going through abusive relationships, PTSD or eating disorders.

R.Where can readers get their hands on “After She Said Yes?”

K.You can order my book from many places. You can order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, for example. All you have to do is insert my name and book title in any book website search engine or on any general search engine. You could even enter in the ISBN number available on my author website: www.kayagravitter.com

I have a few book signing events and podcasts planned. My first one is going to be here in the Florida Panhandle, where I reside, but I will be having a few in the Midwest, primarily in Wisconsin where my book takes place.  Please follow my blog for more updates on that because it is constantly changing. 

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Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS.

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