About the Event
Part of the VLF Historical Fiction Festival!
Come and listen to four historical fiction authors discussing their writing and the genre: Louise Fein, Deborah Carr, Anika Scott and Eve Chase.
Louise Fein was born and brought up in London. She harboured a secret love of writing from a young age, preferring to live in her imagination than the real world.
After a law degree, Louise worked in Hong Kong and Australia, travelling for a while through Asia and North America before settling back to a working life in London. She finally gave in to the urge to write, taking an MA in creative writing, and embarking on her first novel, People Like Us (named Daughter of the Reich in the US and Canada edition). The novel was inspired by the experience of her father’s family, who escaped from the Nazis and arrived in England as refugees in the 1930’s.
Deborah Carr is the USA TODAY best-selling author of The Poppy Field
She lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She was described as ‘One to Watch’ by Good Housekeeping magazine for her debut historical romance, Broken Faces. Her book The Poppy Field, published by HarperCollins’ One More Chapter imprint to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, was a USA TODAY best-seller.
She published the first in her new Mrs Boots series in March, with book 2, Mrs Boots of Pelham Street, released in May.
Anika Scott grew up outside Detroit, Michigan and has a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. She worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune before moving to Germany in 2001. Since then she has freelanced for US and European media including Deutschlandfunk, and taught journalism at the Technical University in Chemnitz. She now lives in Essen with her husband and two daughters.
If you want to discover more about Germany in the years of allied occupation just after WWII, check out Anika’s history blog Postwar Germany. She began building this resource as she researched and wrote Finding Clara / The German Heiress. It’s a fascinating and often overlooked period.
Eve Chase’s debut novel was Black Rabbit Hall, followed by The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde (published in America as The Wildling Sisters). The Glass House is her third novel, and will be published in the UK on 27th May, and in the US as The Daughters of Foxcote Manor in July.
Eve previously worked as a journalist for women’s magazines and national newspapers and has previously written bestselling contemporary novels under the name Polly Williams.
She works from a writing shed in Oxford.
‘One of the most enthralling novelists of the moment.’ Lisa Jewell
About the Book
Publisher:Head of Zeus
Publication date:7 May 2020
A love story set in 1930s Germany. Hetty, daughter of an SS officer, falls in love with Walter, a Jew - but will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?