Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the Interview with Terri Wangard. My fellow Celebrate Lit author is talking about her latest release, Soar Like Eagles. So, pull up a chair, grab something to drink and join the conversation!
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About the Book
“She wants to do her part for the war, but struggles to maintain her ideals.
He joins the air force, hoping to find peace.
Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for.
Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. After he’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review, his focus changes to staying alive, and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.”
All three feature B-17 navigators. In book one, Friends & Enemies, Paul lost his wife while he was in training. When he is shot down in Germany, he finds his late wife’s friend Heidi, now the widow of a U-boat man. Heidi helps Paul, but then they’re betrayed.
In book two, No Neutral Ground, Rafe and Jennie meet while crossing to Europe on the Queen Mary. Jennie goes on to Sweden. She works with the OSS and feels way out of her comfort zone. When Rafe’s damaged plane arrives in Sweden, they team up until someone tries to entrap Rafe.
Yikes! I’ve read Book 1, need to catch up with 2 and 3.
What was your favorite aspect about writing Soar Like Eagles?
Learning about the Red Cross doughnut girls. They did amazing work, often in primitive conditions. I dedicated this book to my mom, who had the gift of serving. She would have made a fine doughnut girl.
That’s so awesome! We can all serve in some way.
What is it about history that inspired you to write in that genre?
I’ve always enjoyed reading about different eras. I wrote Friends & Enemies using letters written in the immediate postwar years by distant German cousins who received care packages from my grandparents. The letters didn’t reveal much of their beliefs regarding the war and Hitler, so I created a story for them. It was a story that only I could write.
I love it when we can weave family history into a good story.
What type of research did you have to do for Soar Like Eagles?
I rode in a B-17, so I know how noisy they are, and how cramped the quarters are. The men had to put up with a lot of discomfort during their missions. Many airmen wrote books, and I read a lot of them. I also acquired a library of doughnut girl memoirs and books.
That is awesome!
If you could pick actors to portray Carol and Chet, who would you choose?
The model I used for Chet was Ioan Gruffudd. I used my mom for Carol. For an actress, hmm, maybe Jennifer Garner.
Yay, for Mr. Fantastic and Elektra!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Terri. Last question, what’s next for you on your writing journey?
I’ve written a standalone WWII novel, and am now writing the first of a possible WWI era series.
Great! Prayers for you on your writing journey.