I have not been keeping up with my blog. I wonder though if people have been reading blogs as fluently as they used to. I don’t know. I follow some and then feel like all the information I obtain from them puts my poor brain on overload.
Currently I am researching for my next book, of which I do not have a title. I want very much to have a good title and I’m probably one of the world’s worst title givers. *Inject smilie here.
The research I am conducting is about 1944 and 1945 WWII England and France. Two very specific locations, actually. Petworth, Sussex England and the battle of St-Lo France. The novel will be based on a true story of an American nurse of the African-European Theater of WWII, a first Lieutenant, and a Technical Sargent of the 29th Infantry Division who fought at D-Day Normandy, the Hedgerow battles, and St. Lo.
Surprisingly this is not a war story that I’m writing. It’s a love story taking place during the war. There are some compelling circumstances surrounding this romance that will be a joy to explore. I can’t wait to get to the meat of it.
The story is from a collection of letters written by a relative’s mother. Of course, I have to fictionalize it and that’s what’s exciting. I get to put myself in this era, under duress circumstances, and develop both characters and a tale for the world to read, to empathize with, and perhaps to remember.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems there has been a recurring interest in WWII both in literature and in conversation. New eyes are exploring an entire world at war. Is it because of the political atmosphere of the time? Is there something the older generation needs to pass on to the younger, more sheltered generation of Americans? I don’ t know.
What I do know is that I am wading into the waters now and will be fully engulfed within the next few weeks. You may see some relevant posts!
Ernie Pyle traveled with the 29th Infantry Division. In a news clipping of which our Sargent was interviewed about the fighting in France, his response was only to “Read Ernie Pyle’s telling.”
A little more about St. Lo. Our hero’s last battle.