Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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What I’m Working On

Just like a woman’s work is never done, being an author is a lifestyle. While I maintain a regular writing schedule—made easy by my 30-second commute to my office—I constantly brainstorm about plot points, how to get my guy or girl out of the sticky situation s/he is in, and new story ideas. I think about it in the shower, while driving and walking the dog. So you could say I’m a workaholic. Except it doesn’t feel like work. I really enjoy it. Below are the next few manuscripts I’m currently working on.

A Novel about Germany’s Children’s Evacuation Program (KLV) during WWII 

Children on a train saying good-bye to their parents

Courtesy Bundesarchiv

Solingen, Germany, 1943: Meet Hilda (13) and Peter (14), neighbors and lifelong friends. When Peter excitedly enters the evacuation program and travels off to a camp in Pomerania, Hilda angrily stays behind. She doesn’t understand Peter’s eagerness, but misses him terribly. She certainly has no intention to visit some stupid camp and she definitely won’t leave her mother. But after the bombing of Wuppertal only 10 km away, the principal of her school decides to close the school. Against her will, Hilda embarks on a journey to Bavaria.

More to come…

ON HOLD – Surviving the Gulag (Working Title)

Based on the story of my grandfather, Wilhelm Kronen

two men in German uniform in dugout

German soldiers in Kurland

Courland, May 8, 1945: Five years have passed since Willi Kronen left his family in Germany. Five years he’s fought for the German Army, the last eight months wedged in by the Russian Red Army in the East and the East Sea in the West. He knows the war is lost and it is just a matter of time before Germany must capitulate.

Then he hears the fateful words across the wire. “Germany is defeated. Hand your weapons to the Red Army.”

At last he can go home to his wife, son and daughter. But warning bells sound in Willi’s gut, a skill which has helped him survive so far. In horror he watches as Russian soldiers are shooting surrendering German soldiers, play Russian roulette or take them prisoner. On a whim Willi and his men decide to make a run for it. They head for Libau, a port city on the west coast of the East Sea. There they hope to catch a boat home.

It takes them three days to reach the port, always hiding, always dodging spying eyes. They’re in luck. A German boat is about to leave. But then disaster strikes. The Red Army reaches them just as Willi’s men are embarking. Willi hesitates…and with that makes the biggest mistake of his life. He is taken prisoner and soon finds himself heading east, away from everything he knows, away from freedom.

More to come…

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