Thursday, May 9, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Linda Shenton Matchett

Talkshow Thursday: Linda Shenton Matchett

I enjoy sitting down with other authors and getting to know them. With the upcoming release of Love’s Belief, Book 3 of the Wartime Brides series, I thought you might like to find out a bit more about me. So grab a glass of your favorite beverage and read on! Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments section.

QUESTION: How did your former career as a Human Resources professional aid you in the writing process? How was it an impediment?

Answer: In my first two jobs out of college I was fortunate to work for strong female managers. They were good at what they did, and took pride at being successful women without feeling like they had to act like men. In the 80s and 90s, women were still struggling to be accepted in positions other than clerical or administrative. Working during that time gave me an interest about the history of women in the workforce, and especially women who were pioneers in their field. As a result, I’ve uncovered lots of intriguing stories that I want to tell. The impediment is the number of stories I’ve found!

QUESTION: What was your inspiration for Love’s Belief?

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Answer: Like the other books in the Wartime Bride series, the story is a biblical retelling. I had already written about England and France, and I decided it was time to do a story about the German home front. Knowing there were lots of German people who disagreed with Hitler and participated in the official (and unofficial) resistance, I dug around until I found a story in the Bible that seemed to meld well with the WWII era. When I found the story about the Hebrew midwives who went against Pharaoh to save Jewish babies, I knew I had a fit.

QUESTION: Lots of research goes into writing a book. Did you unearth a particularly interesting tidbit you just knew had to be included in the story?

Answer: The administrative aspect of the Nazi party was intriguing. They were very calculating and intentional about what they did, almost business-like with their policies and procedures. Nanna Conti was head of the Midwives Association and became a powerful force within the Nazi party. She created many policies and improved midwifery in many ways despite her virulent anti-Semitic views. I wanted to show a glimmer of the good she did for obstetrics.

QUESTION: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Answer: I love languages and would like to learn how to speak a foreign language, perhaps German. I took three years of it in High School, yet I remember very little.

QUESTION: Some quickies:

Favorite color: Any shade of red!
Favorite food: Dessert, especially cake!
Favorite time of year: Fall. The weather is still temperate, and the red, orange, and gold colors of the leaves in New Hampshire where I live are gorgeous.

QUESTION: You have traveled to many states, as well as to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and England. Where else would you like to visit?

Answer: That is a GREAT question. I’d like to go back to England because I feel like I only scratched the surface of that wonderful country, having been to London and the south coast. But I would definitely like to get to Australia and New Zealand. The history of those countries is fascinating.

QUESTION: What is your next project?

Answer: I am currently writing Book 4 of the series. It’s called Love’s Allegiance and is set in America. It explores the roles played by Conscientious Objectors and is inspired by the story of Rebekkah and Isaac from the Old Testament.

QUESTION: Where can folks find you on the web?

About Love's Belief:

Midwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence. 

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

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  1. I took two years of German in college, and about the only words I remember are those I hear in war movies or Hogan's Heroes. Even in class, I did well in reading German, but not understanding spoken German. No ear for languages. (Sigh)

  2. I did much better with the written word as well, but I tend to be a visual learner. I have a friend whose folks were immigrants and the family spoke German at home while she was growing up. I feel like I'm missing out not knowing another language.