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Evelyn McDonnell on Writing the Story of the Runaways

"I really feel like I did some of my best work while at the Miami Herald," Evelyn McDonnell admits. The writer spent eight years there as the pop music critic. But she was familiar with Miami even before moving here. She'd attended years of Winter Music Conference (which she calls "pretty much Miami at its finest") while living and working in New York for our sister paper the Village Voice. Now, as an assistant professor of journalism and new media at Loyola Marymount University, she's looking forward to returning to this strange Southern city to read from and discuss her newest book, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways.

Along with Lynn Goldsmith, David N. Meyer, and Mark Kurlansky, McDonnell will also be part of a music-focused panel at the Miami Book Fair International. Queens of Noise, she says, "is a story about young women, it's a coming-of-age story, and it's a story about Southern California. It's got these great characters who also happen to be rock stars," she says, adding that it is both "a cautionary and inspiring tale."

If you think you're an expert on the Runaways because you caught the movie, know now that you aren't. This book brings the background to the forefront and reveals the complete story of this all-female rock band. We spoke with the author about which Runaway was the most difficult to speak with (spoiler alert: None sounds like a piece of cake), Mötley Crüe's The Dirt, and her finest Miami memory.

See also: Cherie Currie on Runaways Reunion: "It Would Be So Great to Show People That It Mattered"