Thursday, June 4, 2020

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back, Terri Wangard

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back, Terri Wangard

Linda:  Congratulations on your latest release Roll Back the Clouds. What was your inspiration for deciding to write this story?
Terri: The Lusitania has always fascinated me, more so than the Titanic. I love to cruise; I’m drawn to the water. After writing four World War II books, it was time to dive in and vicariously experience the Lucy.
LM: What sort of research did you have to do for the story, and was there a particularly intriguing tidbit you knew you had to include?
Terri: I have a shelf full of books on the Lusitania. I watched a few documentaries. There are websites devoted to the passengers on that final voyage. The richest man aboard was Alfred Vanderbilt, who was said to have gathered small children and put them in baskets secured to life belts. That’s unlikely. The ship sank in eighteen minutes. That’s not enough time to get out on deck, realize the ship’s fate, find unattended children in the nursery, get ahold of unclaimed life belts, and where would he have found the baskets? And yet there was a baby boy, Nigel Booth, rescued from the sea. In Roll Back the Clouds, the main character, Rosaleen, pulls Nigel into the lifeboat
LM: How do you prepare yourself for writing? (E.g., Do you have a specific routine you use, place where you write, or music you listen to?) Do you plot out your stories or write “by the seat of your pants?”
Terri: Since I work full-time and need to limit time on the computer, most of my writing takes place on weekends. That’s hard, especially in summer when going outside is so tempting. During the week, I may do some writing in longhand as a scene unfolds in my mind. While writing the WWII stories,
I’d listen to WWII music. With the WWI era, I have a WWI movie soundtrack, but that’s not really applicable to my stories. I usually have a general outline of where the stories will go, but not a lot of detail. I keep thinking that next time, I’ll plot it all out to the nth degree. Maybe next time.

LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?
Terri: Play a musical instrument. I took organ lessons in grade school for two years. I wish I’d stuck with it.
LM: Here are some quickies:
Favorite childhood book: The Poky Little Puppy and the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka series
Favorite vacation spot: Naples, Florida, or anywhere on the Gulf Coast where I can hunt for seashells
Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
LM: What is your next project?
Terri: The Sun Still Shines, a companion book to Roll Back the Clouds. This follows Peter and Maren Bloch, the next-door neighbors of Geoff and Rosaleen.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Twitter: @terriwangard
Instagram:  @terriwangard

About Roll Back the Clouds:
Sailing on the Lusitania is a dream come true for Rosaleen and Geoff Bonnard, but their journey turns into a nightmare. Will they ever find joy again?
Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard embark on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn't affect a passenger liner.
As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen makes it to the lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searched the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury.
While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother's family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff's new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

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