Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Tour Stop} PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman



In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
 Publication: April 22, 2014
 Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books
Purchase: Amazon • B&NKoboiBooks • Audible • IndieBound

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with Anne Blankman


LM: What inspired you to write Prisoner of Night and Fog?

Anne: I've been fascinated by World War Two for years, but it wasn't until I learned about of Hitler's half-nieces, with whom eh was quite close, that I knew I had to write a story set in that time period. The idea of a young girl growing up within Hitler's inner circle completely captivated me. I wanted a way for Gretchen, my main character, to figure out what kind of person Hitler truly was, so I decided to weave a fictitious murder-- that she desperately needs to solve--around real events.

LM: Why did you choose to write historical fiction, and more specifically—why Adolf Hitler?

Anne: I love the challenge of writing historical fiction. You can't dress your characters in historically accurate clothes, drop them into another time period, and expect them to act like modern-day people. For your story to come alive and feel real, you need to dig deeply into the mores of the era. What did people believe? What did they cherish or fear?

Why In my opinion, Hitler is the most evil person in history. Having a main character who initially loves him, and then slowly begins to understand him, was a journey I wanted to take.  

LM: Give is three words that best describe your main character—Gretchen.

Anne: Tough, determined, and sensitive.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging or difficult about writing Prisoner of Night and Fog?

Anne: Writing Hitler's character was incredibly hard! It would have been easy to turn him into a caricature--a malevolent figure slinking around, rubbing his hands with glee. But I felt a big responsibility to portray him as accurately as I could, out of respect for his millions of victims. To that end, I read dozens of books about him and had to sift through his biographers' differing opinions on him to figure out my own.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Anne: Playing with my four-year-old daughter, training for road races with my college sweetheart husband, knitting (really badly), watching old movies, and, of course, reading!

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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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2 comments:

Unknown said...

Love the interview, she sounds like she really did her due diligence in making this novel realistic. I love the concept too, just the name Hitler sends shivers down my spine.

Becca F (ReadingTeen) said...

AHHHH IM SERIOUSLY DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK! I LOVE STARCROSSED LOVERS PLUS HISTORICAL FICTION?! YES PLEASE!!!!!! <3

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