Interview with historical novelist Monique Roy

Author Monique Roy is here to talk with me
about her new historical fiction, Across
Great Divides.
Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist
University in Dallas and is also the author of a children’s book, Once Upon a
Time in Venice
. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis, see movies,
pursue her passion for writing, and read historical fiction. In 2008, she was
chosen by the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program to travel to Berlin,
Germany, on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, to explore German and
Israeli relations along with 20 other Jewish professionals from across the
Welcome, Monique. Please tell us about
your current release.
Great Divides
is a timeless, World War II story of the upheavals of war,
the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler comes to
power in 1933, one Jewish family refuses to be destroyed and defies the Nazis
only to come up against another struggle—confronting Apartheid in South
What inspired you to write this book?
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and my grandparents
were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their
story that inspired me to write Across
Great Divides
, my debut, historical fiction novel.

What exciting story are you working on
It is another
historical fiction novel:
When an Oxford
student inherits her grandfather’s art gallery, she unravels the harrowing
struggle that befell her grandparents in Nazi Germany and must recover a looted
van Gogh painting, only to discover a dark history haunts the present.
When did you first consider yourself a
When I was a
child, I used to write stories in a journal. I ended up pursuing journalism in
college and so always considered writing as a path.
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?
I have a
full-time job in marketing for a software company in Plano, Texas. I write for
work and then I can come home and write for fun – and whatever my heart
desires! I carve out time on weekends and during the week to write my books,
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
As a writer,
you tend to daydream, and sometimes you wish you could write it all down.
Luckily, most writers, like me, carry around something to write notes on.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted
to be Diane Sawyer and a news anchor!

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