Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard

terri-wangardToday we welcome my friend, Terri Wangard, to discuss her latest release, Soar Like Eagles.

Hi, Terri! How long have you been writing?

Terri: I first started writing in the early 2000s. A publisher had my manuscript of a contemporary romance for a year before saying no thanks. I’d started something else, but put it aside at that point. In 2008, I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, about a group of women who fulfill long-held dreams. I bought a laptop and started writing the original version of Friends & Enemies,, my debut novel.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Terri: A stack of letters found in my grandmother’s house came from distant cousins in Germany immediately after the war. My grandparents had sent them care packages.  I found the letters so interesting. When I decided to write again, I got the idea of creating a story for a German family in the war, using all the information I could draw from the letters. I don’t know what they believed regarding Hitler and the Nazis, but I created a family to be proud of.

What are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Terri: For Soar Like Eagles (Book 3 in the Promise For Tomorrow WWII series), I read a lot of memoirs from women who served as doughnut girls in the Red Cross. I also read many memoirs from airmen who served in the Eighth Air Force. Memoirs are my favorite references because of the incidents they describe and how they felt about them.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Terri: I’d never heard of the Red Cross doughnut girls until I was searching for something to involve my main character with. I love researching my topics and figuring out how, or if, I can use all these great anecdotes.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Terri: I’ve written a standalone World War II novel that’s waiting in the wings. Now I’m writing about in 1915 and the Lusitania. I have two other book ideas to go with it.

Thanks for dropping by, Terri!

Soar Like Eagles

soar-like-eagles-2x3She wants to do her part for the war, but struggles to maintain her ideals. He joins the air force, hoping to find peace.

Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for.

Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. After he’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review, his focus changes to staying alive, and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.

terri-wangardTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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Soar Like Eagles won the First Impressions contest as a historical, but could be considered a historical romance.