New York City, 1915
The Lusitania has just been sunk, and headlines about a shooting at J.P. Morgan's mansion and the Great War are splashed across the front page of every newspaper. Capability "Kitty" Weeks would love nothing more than to report on the news of the day, but she's stuck writing about fashion and society gossip over on the Ladies' Page―until a man is murdered at a high society picnic on her beat.
Determined to prove her worth as a journalist, Kitty finds herself plunged into the midst of a wartime conspiracy that threatens to derail the United States' attempt to remain neutral―and to disrupt the privileged life she has always known.
Radha Vatsal's A Front Page Affair is the first book in highly anticipated series featuring rising journalism star Kitty Weeks.
How Early Hollywood Heroines Inspired Kitty Weeks
by Radha Vatsal
Capability “Kitty” Weeks, the protagonist of A Front Page Affair, was inspired by the action-film heroines of the 1910s. During the 1910s, actresses like Pearl White, Helen Holmes, Kathlyn Williams, and many others acted in thrilling serial films with titles like The Perils of Pauline, The Exploits of Elaine, The Hazards of Helen, Lightning Raider, The Perils of Our Girl Reporters. The characters they played in these films were athletic, brave, and resourceful. They brandished guns, chased villains, and fought “bad guys” on top of moving trains. And this was all before women had the vote—when women wore their long hair in buns and ankle-length skirts!
The 1910s were an incredible decade for women—professionally, culturally, and politically—they won the right to vote in 1920. In the mid-20s and after, the number of women in professional fields actually declined and didn’t go back up again until the 1970s.
I wanted to write a story set in this amazing era, with a young woman protagonist at its center, solving mysteries and taking action ala Pearl White and her comrades. Journalism seemed like an ideal profession for her because it would allow her to go out and about in the world and ask questions—a rarity for women in those days.