In the Media
One day after the paperback release of We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia fielded 15 interviews on podcasts and radio broadcasts across the country, including live programs such as The McGraw Show out of St. Louis, MO, and The Mountain Life out of Park City, UT. Get the Funk Out in Los Angeles posted an in-depth conversation about Georgia’s backstory just in time for the West Coast portion of the paperback book tour.
In his podcasts, Hank Garner digs deep to understand and share “the story behind the stories, and the storytellers.” He talked with Georgia about her inspiration and her process. “Happy New Year 2018! To kick off the new year, I have an interview with the incredible Georgia Hunter. In this show we talk about the incredible true story that inspired her book We Were The Lucky Ones, her creative process, research, the power of story, and much more.” Read more and listen to podcast.
Georgia Hunter (We Were the Lucky Ones) and Jillian Cantor (The Lost Letter) share their insights on the intricacies of writing historical fiction:
One of my absolute favorite genres to read is historical fiction. I loved being transported to a different time and place and I enjoy combining learning something new with falling in love with fictional characters. But I have often wondered if the rigidity of having to maintain historical accuracy impinges on an author’s creativity as they write. I asked two of my favorite historical fiction authors, Jillian Cantor and Georgia Hunter, to spill the details… –Read it Forward
Kim Berns and Meredith Bach of WGCH radio (out of Greenwich, Connecticut) talk shop with Georgia Hunter about the process of unearthing, recording, and publishing her historical novel, We Were the Lucky Ones:
Georgia Hunter speaks about the research and inspiration behind We Were the Lucky Ones on April 4, 2017, at the Chappaqua Public Library in Chappaqua, New York.
The images are far too familiar—the photos and videos of families pressed shoulder to shoulder in boats at double or triple the vessels’ capacity, desperate to flee the violence, oppression, and starvation in their home countries. Thousands, we’re told, perish during their attempts to escape. A lucky few make it to a safe haven. Millions are stuck—“warehoused,” I’ve learned, is the technical term—in bleak refugee camps, facing waits of unknown duration for a chance to start a new life somewhere, anywhere, safe and welcoming. Many wait their entire lives without getting that chance…–Georgia Hunter for Lit Hub
We Were the Lucky Ones ranked #18 on the Indie Bestseller list for hardcover fiction!
“I thought hard about penning my book as nonfiction–I’d done all of the research; the facts were there–but in the end I decided I wanted the story to feel immersive, visceral. I wanted it to read like a novel, not a history book. Whether creating your own work of historical fiction or simply curious about what it takes to do so, here are a few things I learned along the way about blending fact with fiction.” –You Weren’t There? So What: 4 Tips on Writing Historical Fiction
“Maybe it’s the foreboding sense of uncertainty in the current political climate, or maybe it’s the countless hours in the last decade I’ve spent thinking about what it means to be a refugee…whatever the reason, I’m haunted now not only by what the Kurcs endured, but by the fact that around the world today, hundreds of thousands of refugees are, as my family once was, in desperate need of safety, of a place to call home.” –Gransnet (UK)
In its first week in paperback, We Were the Lucky Ones hit the New York Times Best Seller List at number 5! Thank you, readers, for this astounding start to 2018!
We Were the Lucky Ones is selected by Harpers Bazaar as one of 14 Books You Need to Read in February…”a tale of resilience and commitment to one another amidst the direst of obstacles.”
“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn’t be more timely.” –Glamour magazine, on We Were the Lucky Ones
We Were the Lucky Ones is picked by Glamour magazine as one of the Best Books to Read in 2017