Welcome to another edition of 3Q Wednesday. This morning we’re talking with author Terri Wangard.
Hi, Terri. Here’s your first question.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Curious, imaginative, introvert
Curious and imaginative introverts make great writers. 🙂 Next question…
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
France. I’d love to see the trenches of WWI, the battlefield monuments, the museums, and the battlefields. I’m getting ready to start a WWI novel, mostly set in Milwaukee, but also in France. I’d like to see where the ruined villages were. I would hope to visualize what the American doughboys saw one hundred years ago. And to see the land now at rest.
Sounds like fun!
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
“Climb Every Mountain” I recently watched The Sound of Music and can identify with the scene where the Mother Superior sang “Climb Every Mountain” to Maria. I can use prompting like that when I’m about to undertake a new challenge.
Love it. Everyone has a dream and every dream takes time. Keep looking!
Readers, Terri is giving you a choice between a print first-edition copy of her debut Friends & Enemies (US addresses), or a Kindle copy of Wheresoever They May Be.
Friends and Enemies
Frank Swanson has plans. He has good job prospects, maybe even broadcasting in Hollywood. He has a beautiful wife. The war is an interruption to a good life he’s eager to get back to.
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.
Wheresoever They May Be
Widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Having lived in the United States, she wonders about her friend Rachel.
Flying cadet Paul Braedel’s wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he joins a navigation class. He’s lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies.
When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel’s death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance. “Find Heidi.”
Heidi meets a man she recognizes from her high school days in America. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help.
She takes him to the farm to pose as a convalescing German soldier. Through her brother’s underground contacts, Paul acquires German ID papers. Before he can journey along an escape route, they’re betrayed and the Gestapo comes calling. Together, Paul and Heidi flee across Germany in a desperate journey for Allied lines.
Terri 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.