Monday, June 2, 2014

The Hitler Dilemma Blog Tour - Author Interview

Carolyn Frank's new historical fiction is out and she's here to share some interesting info! Let's first find out what The Hitler Dilemma is about:
“We’re Nazis, Max. Everybody in Germany is Nazi—if they want to be safe.” Papa pulled up a chair and sat down, crumpling the newspaper in his hand. “We don’t have to think like them, son, but we’ve got to act like them—at least on the outside. Try to remember that. Okay?”
Saarbrücken, Germany—1938 Change is in the air in Max Adams’s small village: The censorship of classic literature, the elimination of math and science courses, the addition of extra physical education classes. Along with thousands of other young men, he is forced into the Hitler Youth and is being groomed to become the next generation of Nazi soldiers. But as a faithful Latter-day Saint, how can Max serve the villain who destroyed his younger brother in his effort to create a Master Race—a man who is bent on tearing apart not only a single nation, but also the entire world? From the horrors of battle and the sorrow of separation from family to the privations of a prisoner of war, Carolyn Twede Frank’s groundbreaking novel The Hitler Dilemma is a poignant chronicle of one remarkable young man’s struggle to reconcile his sense of duty with his staunch opposition to the evil tyrant destroying the country he loves.
1. How did you pick this topic from the Hitler time period?
Carolyn: While I was working on an earlier historical novel, based on the life of my husband’s grandmother who grew up playing among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon before it became a national park, I shared my writing research with my employees. One particular employee, Connie Adam expressed her fascination with my grandmother-in-law’s story and then said, “You should hear the story of my father-in-law.” She proceeded to give me a glimpse of some of Max Adam’s amazing experiences. I knew immediately that was a story I wanted to bring to life in the form of a novel.
Me: Interesting, I love personal connections! I read that earlier novel, Promises, and loved it, btw.
2. How long did it take you to research and write?
Carolyn: The book took me a year to complete. I did most of the research simultaneously while writing it and I got a lot of information from Max Adam directly and from his memoirs.
Me: How lucky to have access to memoirs!
3. Anything special you want to share about writing this book?
Carolyn: This is my debut novel in the world of traditional publishing. The fact that a publisher liked my writing enough to invest their resources into producing my book validates the last eight years I have spent learning and honing the craft of writing. This amazing story that I have been privileged to retell also has served to whet my appetite. I itch to discover more untold gems of history and write their stories as well.
Me: I'm happy for your success, Carolyn. Thanks for joining me today.
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Carolyn Twede Frank said...

Renae, I loved this post. Thank you so much for participating in my blog tour. BTW, I didn't know you'd read my first book, Promises. Thanks for the kind words on that as well.

Renae Mackley said...

My pleasure on all accounts.