I am fascinated by WWII. The history and events are very interesting, but I love reading about the people who suffered and gave so much to protect the freedoms we all appreciate so much. I love reading any historical fiction about that era, but it drives me crazy when I discover that the events writers add to their stories are just as fictional as the characters. When I read a historical fiction story I expect it to have actual historical knowledge and base.
I recently re-read a book a good friend gave me called Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. It is a good story, but I, being the romantic I am, didn't like the not-so-happy ending. So to calm my ruffled emotions I decided to write my own WWII story.
Prior to this experience I had never had the desire to write historical fiction or anything that was realistic. I am more of a fantasy writer. But my determination was set. I started out by deciding on a story line. Of course I didn't want to copy what someone else had already done, so I took my setting and adjusted it a bit to create a different frame of mind. Then, I called my brother who is a pilot and asked for any information he had on B17 bombers. He gave me a few great books to look through and I learned a lot more about those amazing planes than I ever planned to. Next, I researched battles and air strikes and everything I could to understand what the United States Air Force role was in WWII.
After about six months of research and writing I had my story. Another few months and I had the ending I wanted and excellent editing. I tried it out on a few people and asked a dear friend to double check my German. I was excited to have the story finished and I was pretty happy with it.
So now I am going through the whole process of trying to get it published. I'm hoping one day it will come about, but for now I will stick with posting sections here on my blog.
Check out The Line That Divides Chapter 1. This material is copyrighted by M M Mason. Any retranscription or reproduction is illegal.