In the Media
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)
“Nine years ago on a rainy day in January, I sat down with a binder full of condolence letters my mother had saved after my grandfather died. I remember the day well, as I had circled it on my calendar as the one on which I would officially commit to unearthing and recording my family history…” [read more]
“As authors often do, I spent months laboring over the opening for my book. Since many of the Kurcs lost touch with one other during the war, I knew each chapter would need to be told from a different relative’s perspective. I also knew I wanted Chapter One to be told through my grandfather’s eyes, and that it would be set in a jazz club in pre-war Paris—my grandfather was my link to the family story, and one of his best-known lifelong attributes was his passion for music…” [read more]
“I left Radom understanding why my great-grandparents had decided to raise a family there – the city was quaint, liveable; I appreciated its understated, small-town vibe. But I couldn’t help but also feel the presence of the 30,000 Jews who had once inhabited the city (a community that was reduced to fewer than 300 by war’s end), who had enjoyed it for what it was before their lives were turned upside down.” —Foyles
“The story that so grippingly comes across in the pages of We Were the Lucky Ones isn’t strictly fiction—the characters and events that inhabit this Holocaust survival story are based on her family’s own history.” —Newsweek Magazine
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
Thank you, Bustle, for including We Were the Lucky Ones in your “15 New Authors You’re Going to be Obsessed With” roundup!