special guest is author Annette Oppenlander. She’s chatting with me about the
first novel in a new historical YA trilogy, Escape from
the Past: The Duke’s Wrath.
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writes historical fiction for young adults. When she isn’t in front of her
computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and
Europe to discover amazing histories.
secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and
places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”
Welcome, Annette. Please tell us about
your current release.
Wrath is book one
of a trilogy about a nerdy gamer who tries out an experimental computer game and
time-travels to medieval Germany where he must survive and figure out a way
home. Envision it as action/adventure set in the Middle Ages.
What inspired you to write this book?
visited the ruins of Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany. Walking through the
ancient stones, I felt as if the walls were talking to me. I came across a
snippet of information about a knight who’d feuded with a neighboring duke over
a beautiful woman. I’d also raised two boys who are avid gamers, something I resented
at times. Putting the two ideas together created the Escape from the Past
from the men, but from the woods behind me. My knees buckled and I was vaguely
aware of the thudding sound I’d made. I had to figure out what had just
happened, retrace my steps. Where was my room? My mind churned as I
scanned the ground for some sign of home, something familiar.
bearded thug turn his head. Ducking behind a hazelnut bush, I squinted through
the leaves. The thug had raised his sword and stepped toward my hiding place.
pounding of my own heartbeat. Rough laughter came from the other two riders.
Despite my panic I caught a glimpse of them poking their swords at the injured
man’s shoulder. I smelled their stench—and the wounded man’s fear.
direction. Sunlight bounced off the edge of his blade. He took another step,
scanning, listening. I forced my shaking body to be absolutely still. This had
to be some kind of challenge in the game.
Everything about him looked menacing: his eyes the color of mud, his
razor-sharp sword wide as a hand. Fifteen feet. I held my breath.
cried. He was kneeling now, waiving his good arm in a pleading gesture. “I beg
you,” he wailed.
the white of a man’s eyes could give you away. Keeping my lids half-closed, I
peeked through the leaves once more. The thug was ten feet away. Close up he
looked worse, a brute with arms the size of my thighs, his chest covered in
leather and wide as a barrel. Despite his size he had the soundless walk of a
stalking animal. I watched with paralyzed fascination. Any second I’d be
discovered, but all I managed was to shove my hands into my jeans pockets to
keep them from trembling. It’s a computer game, my brain screamed. It’s
real, my gut argued.
I just finished
book 3, Escape from the Past: At Witches’
End which I expect to be released in late fall of 2016. My next project
will be a story set in WWII and post-war Germany based on my parents’ experiences
When did you first consider yourself a
writing fiction in the late 1990s and worked in PR/advertising for years. I
have considered myself a writer of fiction since completing my first manuscript
in 2010 which by the way is still unpublished.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
fortunate I can write full-time. I typically start around 8:30 am and write until
noon. I take a break and walk the dog and often return to writing or editing in
the afternoon. I read a lot, but usually wait until later afternoon and
evening. I typically do first draft creative writing in the morning because I’m
What would you say is your interesting
I wish I
could say I write in the shower or use an old-fashioned typewriter. The only
strange thing I sometimes do when looking for a particular word or phrase is
that it comes to me in German – the language I spoke for the first 27 years – and
I look up the translation in English. I sort of draw from two vocabularies and
actually think this enriches my writing.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
study animal behavior, probably biology. I also thought about nursing in a
children’s hospital, but quickly realized after visiting the poor kiddos that
my skin wasn’t thick enough. I ended up studying business administration and
got an MBA in marketing/market research.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
certified chocoholic, indulging in good chocolate almost daily. I usually keep
a stash in the kitchen cabinet and am always on the prowl for European
Thanks for being here today, Annette! Happy