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Guest post from Terri Wangard

Happy 2016!

Seven years have passed since I began writing what would become Friends and Enemies. In between the fall 2008 and 2016, I completely rewrote F&E, wrote its two sequels (No Neutral Ground, releasing in May, and Soar Like Eagles, releasing in September.) That seems like a long time with no guaranty I would succeed.

I first wrote a contemporary novel in the early 2000s. A publisher had the manuscript for a year before saying, “No thanks.” In the meantime, I had started another story, but life was busy and I let writing slid.

In 2008, I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, about a group of ladies who decided they would fulfill secret wishes, like buying a red convertible or learning to belly dance. That book prompted me to buy a laptop and start writing again.

But what to write? Not contemporary this time. I have a batch of letters written in the late 1940s by distant cousins in wartorn Germany to whom my grandparents sent care packages. I got a brief glimpse of what their lives were like after the war, but what about during the war or even before? Did they support Hitler? How did they feel about Jews?  Did they have problems with the Gestapo? The letters don’t say.

The proverbial light bulb blinked on. I would write their story. They would be a family I could be proud of. Friends and Enemies is the result. I wish I knew how close I came to the truth.

Best wishes in the New Year!

Terri

Blog stops

Jan 5: Writing Between Sundays

Jan 5: Book Reviews from an Avid Reader

Jan 6: Thinking Thoughts

Jan 6: Novel pastimes

Jan 7: Simple harvest Reads

Jan 8: Artistic Nobody

Jan 9: A Greater Yes

Jan 10: Cassandra M’s Place

Jan 11: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

Jan 12: The Engrafted Word

Jan 13: Our Perfectly Imperfect Life

Jan 14: Texas Book-aholic

Jan 15: Christian Book Aholic

Jan 15: The Singing Librarian Books

Jan 16:  Bukwurmzzz

Jan 17: Through the Open Window

Jan 18: Highlighted Author

Jan 18: For the Love of Books

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