The Writing Process
Guest Post & Video by Gry Finsnes
That was how it got the idea to write the novel Vanished in Berlin. I read everything I could find about the war in the northern parts of Europe, particularly Norway. Central Europe, Germany, France, England and Russia have been well covered with miles of pages written about the battles and bombings, but very little about the fighting which took place after 9 April 1940 north of Oslo. Films have been made to describe the heroes, of Telemark with the heavy water plant and the local hero Max Manus, but the ordinary population and their reactions have been forgotten, pushed aside. Was it not interesting?
I grew up in Norway and have lived in several countries, among them 10 years in Germany about 50 years after the war ended. People talked to me about their parents and those horrible years. It was still alive in their minds. Some asked me to excuse their fathers and the time they had lived in Norway as oppressors! And then I discovered that many Norwegians had been sympathizers with the Nazis and would have liked them to stay. I interviewed an old war hero I know and read letters and a diary which had belonged to a person in my family, describing the first days of the invasion in Oslo. It set my mind spinning. It took me two years to write the novel. Maybe I will have to write another. I hope you will enjoy the story of two young musicians who desperately try to flee from the war but end up in the center of events.
About the Book
Author: Gry Finsnes
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 404 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Synopsis: If you love two countries and they go to war with each other, which one do you choose to fight for? The German musician Friedrich is in Norway with his Norwegian girlfriend Ellen when Hitler attacks in April 1940. They flee together from Oslo but happen to find themselves very close to the fighting. Their dilemma is that both like Germany but not the Nazis, and Friedrich does not want to fight. Ellen hides him, pretending that he is Dutch. After a long struggle they end up in her grandparents' house on the coast where they spend some idyllic months. But it cannot last forever. When Friedrich disappears Ellen goes to Vienna and Berlin in the middle of war to look for him.
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