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WITH EACH NEW DAWN
by Gail Kittleson
Having taught college expository writing and English
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?
Amazon Author Page
Where can readers purchase With Each New Dawn?
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.