Guest Post: Emily Ann Putzke

Hey guys! I'm in italics today... because we have a guest post! *throws confetti everywhere* Today, I'm thrilled to share a post from Emily Ann Putzke, who has written three historical fiction novels. Today, she's sharing about her third, Resist, which released recently. If you couldn't tell from my last post, I'm super excited about the book, which I should be receiving in the mail today... *jumps up and down* And at the bottom of the page is a link for her giveaway. I tried to get the actual giveaway to appear on my blog, guys. But you'll just have to be satisfied with the link. :) Oh, and did I mention she's giving away a $50 Amazon gift card?

Anyways, without further ado, I present to you her post. *applause and cheering*
(All pictures Emily's)

Hi everyone! I’m Emily Ann Putzke, author of It Took a War, Ain’t We Got Fun, and my newest novel Resist which released this week. Resist, is based on the true story of Hans and Sophie Scholl, a German brother and sister who wrote and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets entitled The White Rose. These leaflets called out to the German people, begging them to not allow their consciences to become dormant, but to resist their tyrannical leader and corrupt government.

One question I get a lot is “How do you research your books?” The research for each book I write is a little different. For my Civil War novella, It Took a War, I made a research binder which worked great for that particular story. However, that didn’t work for Resist. Since Resist is based on a true story and real people it resulted in a different form of research.

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I bought used books on Amazon so that I could highlight and dog ear them to my heart’s content. I took these books everywhere with me and kept them close while writing. Don’t be afraid to make notes in the margins of your research books (as long as you own it). Having the research books by my side at all times ensured I’d be less likely to mess up historical facts. Also, I love the bibliography pages in books. They are so helpful for finding other books on the topic you’re researching.


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Since Resist is based on a true story, one of the most helpful resources I found was the book The Diaries and Letters of Hans and Sophie Scholl. Reading their words helped to bring the story to life and keep my interpretation of them as true to reality as possible. When I was writing dialogue, I knew what kind of words and phrases they used and had a better grasp on their personality. Every time I sat down to write, I would read part of this book to put myself in their shoes. I highly recommend finding the actual words of the person you're writing about.


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Having the opportunity to talk with people who were actually in WWII was invaluable! I interviewed a waist gunner on a B-17, a soldier in U.S. 9th Army, a woman who grew up in Germany and whose brothers were in the Hitler Youth, a paratrooper from 101st Airborne Division, and my neighbor who served in the Engineers Battalion.

Obviously you can’t interview people from certain periods, such as the Civil War, so instead, you could go to historical talks, listen to podcasts, or see plays about the time period. Research historical societies in your area and see what events they’re planning. You might be pleasantly surprised!

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I read poetry Hans and Sophie would have read, drawing on their love of the written word as quoted in their letters. I sprinkled some of these poets and great writers into Resist because literature was so important to Hans and Sophie. Finding out what authors and poets your character read can help you better understand them. The same goes for music. I immersed myself in German folk songs during the writing process.


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I really love WWII reenacting. In Resist, my main character served on the Eastern Front. Through reenacting, I can get an idea of the sounds and smells that would have encompassed him. It’s not everyday that German soldiers march past you. My main character is a medic in the Wehrmacht, so seeing and interacting with reenactors portraying the German army is a unique experience that is really beneficial for a WWII writer! Many time periods are now being reenacted, from the Medieval era to the Vietnam War. Living history, whether you’re a reenactor or spectator, will help you with your historical writing.



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Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. You can learn more about Emily and her books on her blog, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.








DON'T FORGET THE GIVEAWAY!!




(And for my amazing followers: If this post appeared on your blogger dashboard Wednesday, I hope you weren't freaking out when it "could not be found." I just test-posted it to make sure the links were working before reverting it back to a draft because today was the scheduled post day. If you're going "What is he talking about?",  then don't worry about it.)


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8 comments:

  1. I'm really excited about this book and I hope I get to read it soon!
    As of right now I pretty much only have plans to write contemporary books but it's interesting to see how people research for historical fiction :)

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    1. Yeah, my plans are also contemporary (even though my favorite genre is probably historical fiction), but I love hearing ANTYHING about other's writing processes. Plus, I admire anyone who can pull off all the research involved in historical fiction because I'm horrible at researching. ;)

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  2. This was interesting to read. It gave me some new ideas and thoughts on researching. I personally dead having to research for a book, I'm more like, jump right in and make up my own stuff. But, sometimes it is fun to research, and this helped! The books she wrote sound interesting, I will look into them :)
    ~Grace Ison

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    1. I dread research also, and I'm totally a jump-right-in kind of person. I just want to WRITE WRITE WRITE. And her books are interesting! :)

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    2. I'm totally with you! :) Yes, I looked up her books and they really intrigued me, as I love to read historical-fiction, I am going to recommend our library to get them, and maybe I can read them that way :)
      ~Grace Ison

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  3. EMILY IS AMAZING!!!! I am absolutely THRILLED to buy this book, it sounds like it's going to be the best one yet (and that is saying A LOT).

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    1. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! :D
      (You get quite a few entries if you buy the book. Just saying.)

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