Book: The Woman Who Loved Too Well (Marc & Simone Series) by David Orsinicategories: Book, Mystery, Suspense, Romantic Triangle, Obsession, Revenge, French Resistance, RAF Heroes, Women Ferry Pilots, Women's Fiction, Thriller, Literary Fiction
David Orsiniabout this book: • WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TOO WELL?
I am drawn to characters whose experiences teach them new self-awareness. In every cycle of our existence, life challenges all of us to be new. It takes courage, determination, and strength to go forward, whether we are journeying into happiness or recovering from tragedy.
• WHO ARE THE PRIMARY READERS OF YOUR NOVEL?
Readers who are interested in a World War II environment will be drawn to THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TOO WELL. Those readers who find romantic triangles intriguing will like my novel. Readers of literary fiction and readers of mystery/suspense will also enjoy my novel.
• WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR TITLE?
THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TOO WELL suggests the identity of Simone Roussillon, the female protagonist of my novel. When she gives her heart to a man, she loves him completely. Her love for her husband is as genuine as it is intense. When Simone falls in love with Gerhard Hauptmann, a Nazi officer, she becomes a conflicted woman. She loves Marc, the male protagonist, with a different intensity. She loves Gerhard with a new fervor. The irony of the title suggests that her love for both men overtakes her ordinarily keen judgment. But that intensity pales beside the fierce obsession of her husband's love for her.
• WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS COVER?
The cover of THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TOO WELL offers the viewer several period emblems. The blond man in a Nazi uniform and the sign on the wall of the building behind him indicate a World War II setting. The clothes and hairstyle of the blonde woman at the center of the cover suggests a 1940s femme fatale as well as an adventurous and ambivalent character. The man behind the woman looks withholding and furtive. In brief, the three faces represent the dramatic triangle that propels the narrative. James Buchanan created the cover.
• WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING YOUR BOOK?
The hardest part of writing THE WOMAN WHO LOVED TOO WELL occurred in the middle and the last sections of the novel. Violence pushes forward the action in those sections. I grew to like all three major characters. It was hard for me to tell the tragic parts of their story. When I finished the novel and re-read the manuscript weeks later, I was very moved. I knew that I had told the story of these three young persons with honesty, with realism, and with compassion.
• DID YOU DO RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
I did extensive research of the World War II era. Some of the books provided information about The French Resistance, about double agents, about The Royal Air Force, The Free French Air Force, and The Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and about cultural life in war-torn Paris. These books included Beryl E. Escott's THE HEROINES OF SOE / F SECTION / BRITAIN'S SECRET WOMEN IN FRANCE; Helena Page Schrader's SISTERS IN ARMS: BRITISH & AMERICAN WOMEN PILOTS DURING WORLD WAR II; Patrick K. O'Donnell's OPERATIVES, SPIES, AND SABOTEURS; Jean Guéhenno's DIARY OF THE DARK YEARS, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris; Madeleine Masson's CHRISTINE: SOE AGENT & CHURCHILL'S FAVOURITE SPY; Patrick Marnham's RESISTANCE AND BETRAYAL: THE DEATH & LIFE OF THE GREATEST HERO OF THE FRENCH RESISTANCE; and Alan Riding's AND THE SHOW WENT ON: CULTURAL LIFE IN NAZI-OCCUPIED PARIS.
• WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO YOUR READERS?
I would like female readers to be newly aware of their tremendous capacities for courageous acts. Even before the feminist movements that followed World War II, women were demonstrating their bravery and their expertise as ferry pilots navigating dangerous missions, as double agents imperiling their lives, and as welders and riveters helping to build bomber aircraft during the dark war years of the 1940s.
Through the story of Marc, Simone, and Gerhard, I would like men and women to intensify their awareness that deception, betrayal, and obsession reap tragic consequences.
• ARE YOU WRITING OTHER NOVEL ABOUT MARC AND SIMONE?
I have already completed THE GHOST LOVERS, a second novel about Marc and Simone. For information about this novel, please refer to www.quaternitybooks.com, to https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Lovers-Marc-Simone/dp/1943691045, and to http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ghost-lovers-david-orsini/1123494876?ean=9781943691043.
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