Sunday, April 18, 2010

And in the beginning. . .

Every story has a seed, and my newest book at Five Star, A Corner of Universe, started with PBS documentary where elderly survivors told of their harrowing and heroic experiences in the concentration camps during World War Two. The interviewees' stories were catalogs of pain that were too difficult to watch, but too compelling not to. Of all the survivors, one woman dazzled me. Bent and twisted as a twig, the wrinkles on her face compressed by an infectious grin, she was bubbling with happiness. The interviewer asked how she moved beyond her experience, how she lived with zest after seeing the worst. The old woman lifted her arm and waved it through the air as if to encompass the universe.
“Forgive," she said. "Forgive everyone for everything.”
That woman and her sentiment stuck with me for months, and eventually, I knew I had to write her into a book. In A Corner of Universe, she plays the role of mentor to my heroine.
To help launch our Author Expressions blog, I'll be running a contest soon where the prize will be a personalized copy of my book. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to meeting you!


Kara Lynn Russell said...

We have this book at our library and I thought the plot sounded really good. It's interesting to know a little about how you developed it.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Rebbie: Sounds like something I'd love to read. I could handle something like this, I think. Forgive? That would be hard for me to do, knowing even the little I do about the atrocities that took place in some of those camps. Interesting blog about how you determined to portray the characters in your book.

Anonymous said...

Rebbie, what a lovely story of the beginning of a book. The WWII generation are so precious to us. I can envision this woman waving her hands - thank you for keeping her story alive.

Unknown said...

You guys are amazing. Just last week you came up with the Expressions Blog idea and - voila - here it is! I'm impressed by your books and your savvy. Very nice site.

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is a great idea! I'll wait until you have a few more posts up here and then see if I can send some traffic your way. (And I'll add you to my Five Star blogroll as well). Good luck!

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