Love and Haight Tour: Author Interview
Today I get to share an interview with Susan Carlton, author of Love and Haight. Enjoy!
1. What was your inspiration for LOVE AND HAIGHT?
Love & Haight, set in the waning days of San Francisco’s hippie movement, started as a valentine to my hometown. I grew up in the city and its suburbs, although I was too young for the Summer of Love by a good decade. Still, as a teenager in the ‘70s I spent many weekends with friends getting lost in Golden Gate Park or thumbing through albums at Tower Records. And I was raised in a politically-active family with protests and petitions served up alongside tofu stew and clove tea. I drew on these memories—the serious and the not-so—for Love & Haight.
2. Describe Chloe in three words.
Romantic, befuddled, pregnant.
3. What was your reaction when LOVE AND HAIGHT sold?
There was dancing around the house!
4. What is your favorite YA book?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” The first time I read that line….Wow.
5. What should readers know going into LOVE AND HAIGHT?
Chloe is a seventeen-year-old girl who views life as a series of either/or choices (either a fox or a prude; either a hippie or a square). When she finds herself pregnant after a one-song stand, she is resolute—she will find a way to get an abortion in the counterculture mecca of San Francisco without telling anyone but her best friend, MJ. But even in the land of easy love, some things aren’t so easy.
It’s 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive—and a secret. She’s pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco’s flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy.
But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love-beads, and bongs. Chloe’s secrets escalate until she betrays everyone she cares about. MJ, who has grave doubts about Chloe’s plan. Her groovy aunt Kiki, who’s offered the girls a place to crash. Her self-absorbed mother meditating back in Phoenix. And maybe, especially, the boy she wishes she’d waited for.