(Laurel Deedrick-Mayne sent me a copy to review)
Annie, Robert, and William--the trio of twenty-somethings meet the way people do. Robert meets William in music school. Robert meets Annie and then introduces her to William. They bond by going to movies at the Dreamland theatre. Through the horrors of war and self-discovery, they remain close. A well-crafted multi-layered character, William is clearly the star of the book.
Interview with the author
How/why did you start writing?
I have been writing in one form or another most of my life. My family, going back many generations on both sides, were terrific correspondents. My maternal grandfather was a broadcaster and journalist. My father, his family: mother and aunts especially, were letter writers and yarn spinners with a particular penchant for poetry. By that I mean they would conjure all the mundane reportage of the day into fantastic verse. My parents wrote those crazy family Christmas newsletters and we kids were raised to have thank-you notes written by the end of Boxing Day. Whenever possible I turned school assignments into creative writing projects.
What was your first published piece?
Where was it published?
What inspires you?
Why did you choose to self-publish? What are the benefits and challenges?
Reflect on your writing process
Are you working on another book (my fingers are crossed)?
Why did you choose to set your book in the years before, during and after World War II?
When I first started writing A Wake For The Dreamland, I knew nothing about the second world war. Not really. Not much. My dad had been in the RCAF but not overseas. I’d only been to one war movie, and only because I had to — social studies class went to see Bridge on the River Kwai. In fact, I consciously chose NOT to see war movies. And I’d certainly never read any war fiction. I thought it would break my heart. Writing the book nearly did. But I don’t regret a single step of the journey.
Words of advice for the yet-to-be-published
Are you writing a historical fiction novel? I just found this helpful article: Three Ways to Make the Historical Real by Katia Raina
Sunday, March 31 at approximately 5 PM PST
I recently penned a short poem about the transition from winter to spring--Let the Sunshine in.