Friday, September 28, 2018

Blog Tour: The Artist and the Soldier by @angellepetta #interview #giveaway

Historical Fiction
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Warren Publishing

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Two young men come of age and fall in love, set against the backdrop of true events in World War II

It’s 1938. Bastian Fisher and Max Amsel meet at an American-Nazi camp, Siegfried. Neither have any idea what to do with their blooming, confusing feelings for one another. Before they can begin to understand, the pair is yanked apart and forced in opposite directions. 

Five years later, during the heart of World War II, Bastian’s American army platoon lands in Salerno, Italy. Max is in Nazi-occupied Rome where he has negotiated a plan to hire Jews on as ‘extras’ in a movie—an elaborate ruse to escape the Nazis. Brought together by circumstance and war, Bastian and Max find one another again in Rome.

Exploring the true stories of Camp Siegfried and the making of the film, La Porta del Cielo, The Artist and the Soldier is intense, fast moving, and sheds light on largely untouched stories in American and Italian history.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

I believe the main message is that even in a time of hatred, it’s possible for love to bloom and that love has many dimensions and won’t always look like one would expect.    

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Starting a new project is both exciting and daunting.  I am in the process of starting a new novel. I find that once I am in the flow of the chapters, the words usually come pretty easily. But I have to be immersed in the world of my book first, which can take time.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
This is my first published novel but the fourth I’ve written. I think this book is my favorite but my last book comes in as a close second and I hope someday to publish it.  
If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

He’s definitely older than Bastian’s character in the book, but I pictured Justin Hartley who plays Kevin on the show “This is Us.”  For Max, I could see Timothee Chalamet who starred in “Call Me by Your Name.”

When did you begin writing?

I started writing creatively around age 8 when I penned a children’s book called “Jacob the Dinosaur.”  I started my first novel at age 19.  I wrote two other books before I started “The Artist and the Solider.”  So though my first published book came out this May, I wrote three other novels before that were not published over a span of 15 years.  For any writer who is feeling like they are failing, keep trying.  Eventually it will happen.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

My first novel took me five years to finish it (through many, many edits)! 

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

There are so many authors I admire.  When I was a teenager I was in love with Francescia Lia Blocks books. As I’ve gotten older several favorites come to mind. To name a few, Neil Gaiman for his world building and the utter beauty he is able to portray.  David Sedaris for his humor and ability to make me laugh out loud while reading. Barbara Kingsolver for the way she can turn every day people and occurrences in poetry.  I will be forever grateful to J.D. Salinger for “Franny and Zoey.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of all Things” is a masterpiece in my opinion, as is Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings”.  “The Book Thief” tore my heart out in the best way possible and “All The Light We Cannot See” continues to inspire me.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I think my favorite part is when I’m in that magical flow where the words come out so easily and fluidly that they don’t even seem to come from me, as if someone else (the illustrious muse) is feeding the words through me.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Unexpected Love during WW11 

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I am in the beginning phases of writing another historical fiction novel, which takes place in the early 1960’s.  It will be a story about mental illness, identity, and how far we go for the ones we love, even when they inexplicably hurt us. 

About the Author

Angelle holds an MA from Emerson College, and a master’s equivalency in Drama Therapy through the NADTA.  She is a registered drama therapist and a PhD student at Lesley University.  She works as a Drama Therapist at an Expressive Arts Center in Virginia called A Place To Be. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two delightful dogs, and one fat cat.


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Twitter: @angellepetta


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