Posted: at 10:53 am by Geri Krotow · Comments Off on WWII Wednesday: More on the Home Front
When I hear “Home Front” and “World War II” together I think of the U.S. and how American women rallied to fill in for the men who were sent overseas to the Pacific and Europe to fight. The home front existed in every nation at war.
Esmee, my heroine in A Rendezvous to Rememberworked with Belgian Resistance, but most home front jobs weren’t so glamorous. My hometown of Buffalo, New York, strengthened the war effort with many factories to include Curtiss Wright as I mentioned in last week’s blog. Regular, everyday Americans fought the good fight.
The photo was taken decades later, in the Westinghouse Factory in Buffalo. My grandmother was fashionable while being a great worker! I’m so proud of her, my family, and my hometown. We’ve all made a difference.
When I was writing A RENDEZVOUS TO REMEMBER, we lived in Belgium . I didn’t even have to close my eyes to see Jack and Esmee, my hero and heroine, meet on a cold winter night when he landed in her farm field. Jack was an RAF operative who sought shelter with Esmee, a Resistance fighter. The aircraft he crossed over the English Channel in: The Westland Lysander. Photo is from a website you’ll love if you enjoy browsing WWII aircraft.
Posted: at 5:28 pm by Geri Krotow · Comments Off on World War II Wednesday!
Welcome to a new part of my work–my World War II fiction. I’m honored to be able to write about this pivotal area in all of our histories, and grateful to those who sacrificed so much.
With the re-release of my first novel, A RENDEZVOUS TO REMEMBER, November 2013, and the upcoming NAVY CHRISTMAS (Whidbey Island Series #4, November 2014), I’ve discovered that so many of you are as interested in WWII history as I am. As I’ve researched my novels I’ve found few sites and/or books that answer at least half of my questions on any one area. Inspired by the lovely author Candice Hern who has created a Regency area on her website, I’ve decided we need a similar place to go to when we’re interested in anything WWII. It will take many blog posts and lots of additional content. Disclaimer: I live with a WWII military history expert, so I have content support here, for sure!
On this first WWII Wednesday, I’d like to take a minute to share with you why I picked Belgium as the historical setting for Rendezvous. Rendezvous has two parallel plots, one historical and one contemporary. I’d always wanted to write a WWII story, and when the opportunity to write one appeared, we were living…in Belgium! I composed Rendezvous from a tiny office in our home overlooking a quiet park in the village where we lived. As the re-release gets closer I’ll share my thoughts on this experience, to include a special anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge my family and I were privileged to attend.
I’d love to hear back from you on your interest in WWII history, as well.