#WALKITOUT 008: Thomas Graumann

In today’s episode we’re chatting with Thomas Graumann. At age eight, Thomas Graumann boarded a train in Czechoslovakia he thought was a three month holiday. “Go to Britain, learn English, and when the Germans leave, you can come home,” his mother told him. Thomas carried two suitcases and a bag of food. At the time, Thomas knew that his country had been taken over by the Germans, but his story doesn’t end there. Join us today to hear Thomas’ full story in {Read More}

One Woman’s War: September 1, 1939

Happy Labor Day! I hope you get the chance to take a break from everyday life today and spend some time with your loved ones.   In anticipation of my upcoming WWII release, Where Treetops Glisten, I’ve teamed up with my co-authors of the book and some other author friends of WWII fiction for a blog tour and giveaway! (Details are at the end of this post.)   Here is a fictional diary entry from Helene, one of my characters in From Dust and Ashes. {Read More}

God is Good, In Spite of My Procrastination

If you could see my desk you would chuckle.   Okay, maybe not. Perhaps you would have pity on me, volunteer your time and set to work on my massive to-do list. (Any takers? eh? eh?) If you could see my desk you would chuckle. Okay, maybe not. @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet Seriously, I have stacks of bills to pay, letters to answer, books to mail out, and a checkbook to balance. That’s not including the research books for my {Read More}

Sharing The Stories of The Greatest Generation

About 14 years ago I was on vacation with two friends when I first heard about the 11th Armored Division–the men who liberated Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. So intrigued by the history of these men, I wrote two novels about them, From Dust and Ashes and Night Song. In the course of writing these books, I attended two of their WWII reunions. I interviewed them, looked through their photo albums and cried with them as they shared their experiences about {Read More}

D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour | The Story Behind ‘Chasing Mona Lisa’

D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour   June 2-13, 2014 Welcome to the D-Day 70th Anniversary Blog Tour! Ten authors of Christian World War II novels are commemorating the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thank you for joining us as we remember their heroism and sacrifice. Our novels illuminate different aspects of the war—from the Holocaust to the Pacific to the US Home Front. Each day, visit with a new author as we share {Read More}

‘The Swiss Courier’ is on Sale

Good news, friends! In case you haven’t heard, The Swiss Courier is on sale for $1.99 (or less!) now through February 28. You can get it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook. Get ‘The Swiss Courier’ by @TriciaGoyer and @MikeYorkey on #sale! Click To Tweet Here’s a bit about the book: It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is {Read More}

The Stories I Had to Tell

Stories of World War II Voices quieted. Eyes lowered. Hands trembled as the two veterans revisited the place that was never far from their thoughts. I never thought twice about World War II. A stay-at-home mom, I enjoyed writing about parenting. With three kids under ten, I had plenty to write about. Then came the trip to Europe with two friends. They were both novelists, researching for works-in-progress. And myself . . . I was still coming to terms with {Read More}

Lebensborn Homes in Nazi German: “Source of Life”

                   Sacred shall be every mother of good blood.      ~from the articles of association of the LEBENSBORN Society   Since there is such a huge interest in Lebensborn homes as of late, I thought I’d share some of what I learned during research. In my World War II novel, Arms of Deliverance, the story centers around the Lebensborn home in Belgium. These are photos of the castle that was used for {Read More}

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