3 Questions Wednesday welcomes Terri Wangard, author of World War II Romance. Her debut novel, Friends and Enemies, recently released. She was gracious enough to take the time out of a busy, busy marketing schedule to answer our 3 Questions.
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Terri – As a World War II writer, I’ve read dozens of memoirs of airmen from the Eighth Air Force and women who served in the Red Cross and other areas. Their stories are amazing. They’ve challenged me to have my characters portray their courage, ingenuity, and determination. Of the airmen, navigator Harry Crosby’s A Wing and a Prayer and John Comer’s Combat Crew: The Story of 25 Combat Missions Over Europe From the Daily Journal of a B-17 Gunner are excellent and so helpful to me. In fiction, Judith Pella’s WWII series Daughters of Fortune riveted me. If I could write as stirringly as she, I’d be thrilled.
I love that you read the journals. They added so much to the story, filling in the more intricate details, and a great way to immerse yourself in the story.
What secret talents do you have?
Terri – Does cross stitch count? There’s no more room on the walls for anymore of my “masterpieces.” I wish I could say I play the organ. I took lessons for two years, but then my folks gave up trying to get me to practice. Now I wish I stuck with it.
Cross stitch definitely counts. You could’ve been an organist! I wish I’d worked harder at those music lessons, too.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Terri: I once heard that a go-to menu includes pasta, bread, salad, and chocolate. How does chicken tetrazzini, Red Lobster biscuits, and Romaine apple salad sound? With hot fudge pudding for dessert? I have my mother’s recipe; it’s sinfully delicious. I don’t cook or eat “fancy” stuff. On cruises, I never knew what the menus were talking about.
Yum! That’s what I call comfort food. I’d feel very welcome at your table. 🙂 Thanks for taking part in our 3 Questions Wednesday post!
Now, more about Terri Wangard and her recent release, Friends and Enemies—
Terri – The first Girl Scout badge I received was the Writer. I enjoyed writing stories in notebooks which, thankfully, have not survived. These days I write historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest (Book 1) and 2013 First Impressions (Book 3), as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist (Book 2). Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, I live in Wisconsin where my research included going for a ride in a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps me occupied as an associate editor.
Friends and Enemies was inspired by a batch of letters written in 1947-48 by distant cousins in Germany who were receiving care packages from my grandparents. I don’t know anything about their beliefs concerning Hitler and the Nazis, but I created a family to be proud of.
Friends and Enemies
World War II rages across Europe, particularly in Germany, claiming the life of Heidi Wetzel’s husband. In a bid to escape her grief and the frequent bombings of German cities, Heidi and her sister flee Hagen to a farm in the German countryside, where they help care for orphaned children. While there, Heidi comes across an American airman, Paul, with whom she spent time when her family was living in Milwaukee during her high school years. When Paul’s plane is shot down over Germany, his only thought is survival—until he hears God’s voice guiding him to his late wife’s friend. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution. What should Heidi do?
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