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of the past. Although I (sadly) no longer have time to continue these interviews, here is an archive of Q&As about women's lives
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historical fiction writer I am fascinated by news stories featuring the
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Q&A With Historical Fiction Author Jack Woodville London
What prompted you to begin a trilogy set in a small town during WWII?
It is said that men who fought in WWII never talk about their experiences; it certainly seemed to me that we didn’t hear a lot from the women who were caught up in that whirlwind either. Now, just as we are losing both the men and the women of that era at a rate faster than the war killed them, it is important that we not forget them. They endured rationing, separation, and wildly off-base expectations, such as winning the war and remaining chaste. Do we really know who our parents cared about before they married each other, what became of them, and, in the end, how we came to be who we are?
As for the small town, the icon of the home-front is Rosie the Riveter; the fact is that the US was still very rural and, except for those in the military or those who moved to work in the war factories, most Americans still had not traveled more than 50 miles from home. Very few rural Americans became Rosie the Riveter.
Your novel, French Letters -- Virginia’s War: Tierra Texas 1944, is set Stateside during the war. How did you research WWII Texas?
But the people – that required hard work, to get the sense of how they spoke to and about one another, slang, their daily lives – that took work. I spoke with dozens of people who grew up in that era and in small towns, looked at photographs and read snippets of their letters and four-page newspapers.
How much of the novel is based on fact and how much on fiction?
Tell us something surprising about the American young women that our soliders left behind during WWII?
What are you working on next?
Thank you Jack! And feel free to visit Jack Woodvile London online for more information about his latest novel French Letters, Book I: Virginia's War, Tierra Texas 1944.