I was interviewed about my book: “Ripple Effect: Because Of The War.” Logline: An independent woman raised her dead sister’s child during WW II in England. Postwar, the ripple effect of wartime losses, wounds of the soul, secrets, and lies almost destroy her.
My brother’s story
of his life in WWII England became the seed for my story. He said in his own
words, “there must have been a lot of smoke and mirrors that obscured the
truth.” The truth was murky about being adopted as a toddler by his aunt during
the war. His biological mother, presumed killed by a bomb in the Blitz of
London, turned up when he was eighteen.
I lived for
twenty-two years in England after the war. The ripple effect of the war on my
life, my brother’s life, and many in the military returning home, continued and
continues years later. I wrote about this in a fictional story. The effects
include alcoholism, family violence, a secret adoption, and secret affairs. The
shame and secrets of the trauma of war affected the minds of combatants and non-combatants
who often silently suffered with PTSD. I wrote about the effect on every member
of a family.
I hope the story will resonate with others impacted by other wars even if the time and place differs.
Read the whole interview here and a link to one of the
I won first prize for historical fiction at the Royal Palm Awards in October. My novel, Ripple Effect – because of the war is unpublished at the moment.
The historical fiction novel is a saga of a family that suffers, over many years, from the ripple effect of war on their everyday lives.
Summary of Ripple Effect
WW2 touched and damaged many lives in England. Veronica adopted baby Susie because her mother was presumed killed in the Blitz. Richard, Veronica’s handsome RAF husband, developed shellshock (now known as PTSD) and became an alcoholic. Susie grew up influenced emotionally and physically by Richard’s behavior. Veronica held the secret of Susie’s origins and secret adoption, which when revealed, almost destroyed the family.
This is historical fiction set in the long shadow of WW2. It is also a women’s fiction genre. Women with families impacted by PTSD, alcoholism and drug addiction will find it resonates with them, now. I write that there is hope for recovery for everyone in the family. This is my experience as a psychologist. Healing is possible.
Thanks go to my critique group and my editor, Marsha Butler. They helped me every step of the way. I couldn’t have achieved this without unbiased critiques. Every writer needs this feedback. The Florida Writers Association is a great support for all writers.
In the meantime, I am writing a sequel.
So maybe an agent and publisher will be interested?