By Shawn K. Stout
Several years ago I had a story idea swirling inside my head. It was about three sisters who try to clear their father’s name after he is accused of being a Nazi spy.
The story was based on the real-life experiences of my grandparents, whose restaurant in Maryland in 1939 was boycotted by the townspeople over my grandfather’s purported “secret back room” and rumors of espionage.
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By Greg Leitich Smith
There’s a line from the first “Jurassic Park” movie to the effect that the place has all the problems of a major theme park and a major zoo.
I sort of feel the same way about writing time travel fiction: You have all the major problems of historical fiction and all the major problems of science fiction/fantasy.
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By Amy Axelrod & David Axelrod
When we began, we knew that we wanted to write a novel about a down-and-out magician during World War I.
We knew the setting would be New York City and that this washed-up magician, who we named Barzini, would be involved with a roster of famous illusionists of the time.
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By Lyn Miller-Lachmann
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In 1984, Dana Walrath journeyed to Palu, in Western Armenia (now part of Turkey), where she saw the mill and farmlands that once belonged to her maternal ancestors, who were forced to flee the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
Her family story became the basis of her acclaimed novel in verse Like Water on Stone (Delacorte,
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Original White House Invitation Emily Received in Wheels of Change.
By Darlene Beck Jacobson
The idea for Wheels of Change (Creston, 2014) came about through the discovery of two things while researching my family tree.
One was the fact that my paternal great-grandfather was a carriage maker in Washington D.C. in the late 1800s through the early 1900s.
The second was an invitation my grandmother received to a reception hosted by then President Theodore Roosevelt.
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By Dana Walrath
My first novel, Like Water on Stone, just came out (Delacorte, Nov. 2014). Of course, I’m smiling. The cover and interior of the book are beautifully produced. I’ve poured my soul into it.
“What’s it about?” people ask me.
When I tell them, “It’s the story of three siblings who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 with the help of the guardian spirit of an eagle,” I’ve learned that I better get my smile under control.
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By Karen Rock
From the promotional copy of Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie (Flux, 2014):
Three of us went in.
Three of us came out.
None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere,
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