Kat, I give you alot of credit, for following through on your dream. Many years ago, I wrote an outline for a novel. Set in the early days of Miami Beach, when the land was being bought and sold, building the new city.
Most of the action was set in a rooming house, run by Rebecca Weiss. The odd tenants drove the storyline, and it ended with the 1926 hurricane which barreled through the city. After I was done, I said...."I would buy this book!" That's as far as I got.
I'll be back when I read your tome.