Thursday, June 11, 2015

Meet Ruth Brown, WWII Correspondent

Ruth Brown is the main character in my historical mystery series. I have completed three manuscripts and will shortly begin the fourth. Here's a brief interview so you can get to know her:

Linda: Thanks for spending some time with us. Why don't you tell us a bit about yourself, Ruth.

Ruth: I'm a New Englander, born and bred, being raised in a small town in New Hampshire. I was a journalist with my hometown newspaper where I primarily covered the social pages. I was bit by the investigative bug when I inadvertently stumbled on some illegal goings-on with our town manager. Then in June 1942 I became a stringer with the AP wire service and got stationed in London.

Linda: You joined the AP in order to follow your sister's killer to England where you managed to bring him to justice. You also helped the police solve two other murders. How did that come about?

Ruth: Well, the murders found me. I didn't go looking for them. The first time,
our boarding house was bombed, and when I went back later to pack up some of our surviving goods, I fell through the floor onto a skeleton. The second time, a good friend of mine was killed just as I arrived to take her to lunch.

Linda: That must have been scary! I also understand you've received threats as a result of some of your newspaper articles. What happened?

Ruth: Actually just one so far, but it's not unusual for an investigative reporter to stir up emotions and receive letters from readers. I wrote an article explaining the difference between communism, socialism and fascism. One of my readers accused me of being a Fascist. Fortunately, nothing has come of the threat thus far.

Linda: What are you working on now?

Ruth: I've started a series on the how the war has impacted women. Job opportunities, military service, volunteer roles. That sort of thing.

Linda: Sounds interesting. I can't wait to read your work. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to chatting with you next Thursday.

Ruth: Thanks for having me.

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