Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blog Hop Tour - About My WWII Novel

A new blogging friend named Kiersti Plog asked me to participate in my first blog hop to share about the books we’re writing. Check out Kiersti Plog’s fascinating novel about a young teacher in 1911 with a mission to educate Navajo children and two men who fight for her heart here. Also please check out the blog of another great blogger linked at the bottom of my answers!

Here's the interview about my book:

1) What is the working title of your book?

Serving the Enemy

2) Where did the idea come from?

I spent twelve days in Germany and Austria in November 2011 to visit friends. I came away from experiencing the fascinating culture, visiting the magical Christmas markets, and unforgettable former concentration camp at Dachau. I was so inspired by the whole trip that I knew in my heart that God wanted me to write something about it all. I had no idea what it was until January 2012 when the base of the storyline popped into my head and my heart. :)

Me in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
3) What genre does your book fall under?

Well, that’s been interesting actually because my book goes back and forth from the present day to the past and I wasn’t sure what to call it exactly. I found out the genre is actually called Contemporary-Historical Fiction.

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Great question! I actually already have it all planned out, so if Steven Spielberg would just go ahead and call already! Lol. Seriously though, I made a character storyboard while I was writing my book. To play my present day leads, I picked Danielle Panabaker (The Shunning) and Joanne Woodward and to play my past leads—Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) and Christopher Egan (Letters to Juliet).

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

An American-raised Nazi is sent to Germany before World War II, whose story is hidden over 70 years until regaled by the now elderly woman who lived it.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’d love to be represented by an agent and actually right now, my top agent pick is reviewing my book proposal after she requested it! So we’ll see what happens. :)

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took five months to write from the initial idea to “The End.” I never thought I could write anything so quickly. I’m about to start on my sequel, so we’ll see if I keep up the pace. I hope to go a bit slower with this one. With all the editing/revising thrown in, it’s taken a year to completely write and edit this book.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm…well my comparable authors are Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy, The Girl in the Glass), Tina Ann Forkner (Ruby Among Us) and Lynn Austin (All She Ever Wanted). It’s also similar in style and subject to works by Cindy Martinusen Coloma and Bodie & Brock Thoene.

Meissner’s “The Shape of Mercy” is similar in the weaving of the past and present day within the novel and the leads being young women. I really enjoyed reading it and hope her readers will enjoy my novels too.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I hadn’t found my niche yet. I had written two young adult novels, but it just didn’t feel right yet. I couldn’t finish them. After my trip to Germany and the inspiration for the book came last year, I knew while I was writing it that it’s the book God would have me to write. World War II is my favorite historical era, so the book idea—plus seeing many sites firsthand—pushed me to write and finish the novel.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The book idea was spurred from my thoughts about being a Christian and living in Nazi Germany. I thought “Would I have gone along with the Nazi beliefs and actions if God was telling me otherwise?” 

This question turned into my lead character’s story about being raised in the U.S., becoming a Christian (her family doesn’t convert), and moving to Nazi Germany to serve with the Hitler Youth. It’s a story of compassion, sacrifice, and great faith to do what we must to follow God’s will—even if it’s to take on a dictator, his thousands of loyal followers, and the possible deaths of those you love.

Next week, January 16, please visit my blogging friend (below) for the next stop on this blog hop book tour! :)


Thanks for stopping by and reading!

11 comments:

  1. Hey, we both did versions of this blog hop today! Great minds, I tell ya. ;)

    Your story sounds interesting! And congrats that an agent is reviewing it!! Woo hoo!!

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    1. Haha. Yes, great minds! :)

      I'll check your blog hop answers asap! Thanks for the congrats! We'll see what God has in store. ttyl

      Morgan

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  2. This story sounds amazing, Morgan! I'm so glad to get to find out more about it. :) And how exciting you have an agent reviewing it right now...I'll be praying for the Lord to open the right doors! Bless you.

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    1. Thanks, Kiersti! :)

      Thanks for the invite for the tour! I'm so excited about the agent reviewing it and I appreciate your prayers so much. Your book sounds quite fascinating too! And that's so great that you have a agent!

      ttyl,
      Morgan

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  3. This sounds awesome! SO very little is known about the Hitler Youth. I've often wondered if someone would go into more depth and tell a story or two about them.
    Very exciting about the agent, I'll keep you in my prayers!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I'm glad you're feeling better by the way. :)

      The Hitler Youth is interesting and I'm glad I was called upon to write about it. I can't wait to see what you think about it. Thanks for the prayers! I'm very excited about the agent reviewing it too!

      ttyl,
      Morgan

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  4. Hi, Morgan - I saw your notice of the blog hop in Edie Melson's course loop. I like your blog. I tried to copy the url into my 'MyYahoo' RSS feed, but it kept saying - enter a valid URL. Hmmm. Couldn't get it to work. Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Dana!

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. :) I've talked to Edie about the RSS feed and now I've added the right gadget...I think anyway. Please try it and let me know if it works please.

      Thanks so much! Have a great day!
      Morgan

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  5. "An American-raised Nazi is sent to Germany before World War II, whose story is hidden over 70 years until regaled by the now elderly woman who lived it." It sounds like a great story! All the best luck with it. :-)

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    1. Hi Tina Ann!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :) And thanks for the encouragement!

      One of my friends read "Rose Cottage" and really enjoyed it. "Ruby Among Us" is one of the next books on my reading list. I can't wait! I've heard very good things about it.

      Keep up the good work and have a great weekend!

      Morgan

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