All posts tagged: WWII historical fiction

Writers on Wednesdays: Debut author Camille Di Maio talks about finding balance in life, how The Beatles influenced THE MEMORY OF US, her snoring (gasp!) problem, writing a minimum of 500 words a day, and an amazing support cast

By Leslie Lindsay  I absolutely fell in love with THE MEMORY OF US, a gorgeous historical fiction debut from Camille Di Maio. Her prose is absolutely stunning, the pacing and emotional arc is quite eloquent and moving. I simply couldn’t put the book down until I knew how everything unfolded. Julianne Westcott is a gorgeous Protestant socialite from a prominent Liverpool family in the midst of WWII. She has everything at her fingertips, including a mother who could only hope to marry her off to a fine, upstanding gentleman worthy of her hand. But Julianne has other plans; she enrolls in nursing school in London, though her parents aren’t 100% behind her. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. When Julianne inadvertently discovers an institutionalized deaf and blind twin brother, she begins visiting him at his place of residence. It’s there that she first lays eyes on the gardener, Kyle McCarthy, an Irish seminarian. Falling in love, Julianne and Kyle will do all it takes to end up together; but the stakes are high. …

Write On Wednesday: EVEN IN DARKNESS Author Barbara Stark-Nemon Talks about Historical Fiction

By Leslie Lindsay There are books about love. There are books about war. There are books that combine the two and then there is EVEN IN DARKNESS, an exquisitely and thoroughly researched historical fiction debut by Barbara Stark-Nemon who spent fifteen years—nothing to sneeze at—researching the book. I’m thrilled to welcome Barbara to the blog. L.L.: What inspired you to write Even in Darkness? Barbara Stark-Nemon: Even in Darkness is based on the life of my great aunt, who alone among her siblings did not escape Germany during the Holocaust. Her story of survival—the courage and strength she had to remake herself and her life in the face of unspeakable loss—has been an inspiration to me throughout my adult life. Hers is a beautiful story and having come to know it in depth I wanted to share it and create a legacy for her.  L.L: You researched the book thoroughly. Did you know from the beginning how extensive your research would become? Barbara Stark-Nemon: Yes and no. I’ve known since one of the visits I …