Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gail Kittleson, Women’s Historical Fiction


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WITH EACH NEW DAWN
by Gail Kittleson


Having taught college expository writing and English
Gail Kittleson
as a Second Language, Gail now writes women’s historical fiction, and enjoys facilitating writing workshops and retreats. She and her husband live in northern Iowa, where they enjoy grandchildren, gardening, walking and photography. In winter, the Arizona Ponderosa pine forest provides fresh novel fodder. 



Welcome, Gail. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d dine with a World War II S.O.E. agent (British Secret Operations Executive). These ordinary British, French, Polish and American citizens risked everything for the cause. Leaving behind loved ones and everything they held dear, they accepted hardships that seem at times beyond belief. 

Try to imagine the Gestapo pulling out all your toenails, for example. But that particular agent still didn’t give away any secrets to the enemy.

We all take certain risks, but usually they don’t endanger our very existence. So many soldiers in the Second World War hazarded their lives. So did secret agents, and the harrowing deprivations they endured incite respect and awe. Their utter commitment to secrecy even decades after the fact, astounds me—many carried their unrewarded service with them to the grave.  

Please describe yourself with three words.
Spontaneous: some organized folks would choose other descriptors for this quality, but I’ve learned to appreciate my tendency toward being impetuous. Sure makes life interesting.

Word-focused: I’m far from focused in some areas, but with my writing or editing for others, I concentrate so totally that sometimes I forget to eat. I dream in color about my characters. As far as editing goes, I enjoy that part of being an author almost as much as creating stories. 

Aging: Not very exciting, right? But this dimension of my life becomes a little more acceptable with time’s passage. I am aging—who isn’t? And with aging come some perks—self-acceptance, not allowing others’ opinions to tamper with my creativity, and a penchant for enjoying the moment.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
This is difficult for someone who even likes editing. I’d say, though, that the magical quality of having a character become real ranks right up there. Suddenly, this woman from the 1940’s appears, and I take a step back to consider her. Then she starts whispering her story, and I’m impossibly hooked. Who is she? Where did she come from? It’s an amazing process.

What can your readers expect from you next?
I’m hard at work on the sequel to With Each New Dawn. One thing I’ve noticed is how my skills have increased. I probably wouldn’t have tackled what I’m attempting with this book even a year or two ago. It’s exciting and encouraging to know you can really grow as a writer, that you’re not staying the same. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, With Each New Dawn. 
American Kate Isaac grieves her husband, awaits their child’s birth, and welcomes her best friend Addie
to war-torn London. But after her miscarriage, a meeting with mysterious Monsieur le Blanc launches her into Britain’s Secret Operations Executive (SOE). In late 1943, Kate parachutes into Southern France to aid the Resistance.

Domingo, a grieving Basque mountain guide-turned-saboteur, meets her parachute drop, tends her injured ankle, and carries her to safety. Reunited a few months later, they discover the dying Monsieur le Blanc who reveals his familial connection to Kate.

In the shadow of the Waffen SS, Domingo and Kate find his younger brother Gabirel missing. While Domingo seeks Gabirel, Domingo’s parish priest, Père Gaspard, creates a new identity for Kate.

United once again, Kate and Domingo subject their mutual attraction to the cause. But can mere human will and moral courage change the war’s tide and forge a future for them?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Amazon Author Page 

Where can readers purchase With Each New Dawn? 
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me visit, Jo. It’s always fun to think about our work and what led us to where we are. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Readers, on your own journeys, what stands out as the key factor to following your present path?

Gail, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Gail is offering a print copy of With Each New Dawn to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 28, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Chance in Maine by Joi Copeland is Ann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest novella has released - With Good Intentions! Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.







46 comments:

  1. Comment question - my parents' direction and values helped lead me along my present path. I very much enjoy books set during WWII as I heard my parents talk about it so much, all aspects, as they were young adults then. I have read quite a bit of non fiction to help assist doing genealogy research during that time frame. The book sounds so very interesting. Thanks! I am a blog follower under my secondary email but will use the primary for this comment. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Cathy, thanks SO much for sharing your interest. I'm glad to connect with you.

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  2. So intriguing. I love this stuff. More perks to aging : senior discounts, people doing kind things for you because they see gray hair or wrinkles!
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet. I follow your blog and am signed up

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    1. Ahhh.....love those perks, Paula. Glad to meet you here.

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  3. I go to God in prayer before I undertake any new venture and I ask him for guidance every day.
    Jo, I am your follower.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)con

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    1. Boy, I can resonate to your faith walk, Connie. Without that guidance, what would we do?

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  4. Spending time in God's Word and in prayer keeps me on the right path. I was blessed to get to read an advance copy of Gail's book so don't include in the drawing and give someone else the opportunity to win a copy. I really enjoyed it.

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  5. I love historical romance and have great admiration for those who do sufficient research to write a authentic novel about those days. I'd love to get a real book to hold in my hands and read again. I just got my first kindle, but it's take some time to get to liking it. Nothing takes the place of a book for me. I'm a long time follower, annknowles03(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I hear you, Ann. I don't even own a kindle, just TOO old-fashioned! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Ann, thanks for leaving our comment and also for following my blog!

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  6. For me it was surrendering to God all my hurt and pain from the past. Now I enjoy my quiet time with Him.
    jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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    1. Wow, that's a BIG task, Deanna. Peace at last!

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  7. I also want to say thanks so much for inviting me to your blog, Jo. Love meeting new reader-folk and WWII enthusiasts!

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    1. Gail, you're very welcome. It's our pleasure to have you visit and tell us about your book, With Each New Dawn.

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  8. The only thing that is constant in my life is the gospel and my love for my Heavenly Father and Savior. Everything else has had its ups and downs, but God has never let me down.

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    2. Karen, thanks for coming by and commenting.

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    3. Karen, I think you'll really enjoy getting to know Kate Isaacs, my heroine. She could say exactly the same thing.

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  9. Nice interview Gail and Jo. Your new release sounds exciting Gail, and your faith in our Lord is evident in this interview. From Iowa? That's where my hubby's families roots are. Blessings as you continue your writing for Him. :)

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    1. Diane, glad you enjoyed the interview with Gail. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. Yes, I'm from St. Ansgar, 6 mi S of the MN border. Where did your husband's family live?

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  10. Wow! Your books sound so good! I would agree, we need to keep in touch with Jesus - He will direct our path.
    Thank you, Jo - I am your follower
    debralindquist1ATgmailDOTcom

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  11. I enjoyed reading this interview. My dad was in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He really didn't talk about it much, so I enjoy reading stories based during this time frame to help me understand some of what he went through. Thanks for this giveaway. I am already a follower of Jo's newsletter. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Hi Donna, Just the other night on the American History channel, I saw a documentary on the Coast Guard...they were way more active than I realized during WWII. Some of them got very little praise for the action they saw. Interested in your dad's experience - but we've lost many of those stories b/c so many soldiers/sailors kept silent.

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  12. I am most certainly intrigued by this one! Thank you for a great interview.
    I am a follower!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Great to meet you here, Melanie. Hope you get a chance to read With Each New Dawn.

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  13. Your book sounds wonderful! Love to read it. Love your blog Jo!
    Blessings
    Diana

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  14. Anxious to see what happens to Addie next! kidneyguyjoy@gmail.com

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  15. Holding onto His promises in the Bible.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

    I'm also a follower of the blog.

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  16. I enjoy reading WWII novels. I was encouraged to hear Gail say that age and experience can be an asset and enable a writer to grow. With Each New Dawn should be a compelling read. Enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of this novel.
    Jo, I follow your blog.

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    1. Pat, glad you enjoyed the interview with Gail. I appreciate you leaving your comment and for following my blog! (I see you address below)

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  17. Sorry, I forgot to leave address.
    patjeannedavis(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. The most important event that marked the path for me was 60 years ago on March 11 of this year, we came across the Atlantic as refugees from Germany. We had no family here, yet my parents came, trusting that life in America was the Promised Land and that things would go better for us than in East Germany. And they were right! sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Sonja, bless your heart! Thanks for commenting.

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