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 chapters.
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