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When trying to come up with an idea for her second book, 26-year-old Kayla Curry of North Platte drew some inspiration from her days working at the Cody Park rides and concessions.

The memories of the music and atmosphere of the park fueled her fantasy novel, Where the Carnies Are.

Curry, who most in her hometown knew as Kayla Dodson before her marriage, is a 2006 North Platte High School graduate. Curry, 26, has enjoyed writing since high school, when she worked three years for the Bulldogger, the student newspaper.

Her first book, Obsidian, was published in November 2012.

“I’ve always wanted to write about a magical place that no one knew about,” Curry said of her second book. “The novel takes readers to a carnival kingdom with castle-sized fun houses and sideshow characters with magical and amazing talents.”

The main character, Olive, finds herself trapped with people she doesn’t know. Soon, she sees the wonders of the land. Alex the knife-thrower takes her under his wing. She uncovers a part of her past and in the process finds that the king of the carnival land has secrets of his own: carnies are disappearing at an alarming rate.

With Alex’s help, she pushes the boundaries of what she thought was possible, and becomes the person she was always meant to be.

As with her novel Obsidian, Curry also tries to send a subtle message to her readers.

“The people in this story are all unique in their own way and they embrace it. We should all be a little more like carnies in that way,” Curry said.

Curry said she has put all her passion into Where the Carnies Are. She decided to see if she could accomplish the feat of self-publishing and hired two editors and a book formatter to bring the finished product to the next level.

Where the Carnies Are is available online at all major eBook and paperback retailers, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Apple Store. It may soon be available in paperback at A to Z Books.

Curry will be hosting book events in North Platte. Her website is www.kaylacurry.com.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/25/2014
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