My latest blog interview is with Anne Blankman, who wrote Prisoner of Night and Fog, set in Munich in the 1930s, about Hitler’s niece who falls in love with a Jewish reporter.
1. Who is your favorite writer?
Oooh, this is a hard question! I don’t think I can pick just one person–there are so many wonderful writers out there! That said, I especially love Lois Lowry, Philip Pullman, Nancy Springer, Maggie Stiefvater, Robin McKinley, Cassandra Clare, Thomas Hardy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kristin Cashore, and C.S. Lewis.
2. What is your favorite book?
My favorite tends to be whatever book I’ve recently read and fallen in love with. Three books that will always have a special place in my heart, though, are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, and, of course I have to add L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables since I’m named after the title character!
3. Is there anything you can talk about for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke?
It’s the sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog and picks up about a year and a half later, right after Hitler’s appointment to the chancellorship. This time, Gretchen and Daniel find themselves trapped in Berlin after Daniel is wrongly accused of murder. As they try to clear his name, they begin uncovering the truth behind this killing–and discover it’s part of a vast conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. And there’s no guarantee they can dig up the truth and get out of the country before Hitler discovers them…
Here’s a couple of juicy tidbits for you: the book’s murder was inspired by a real-life unsolved homicide case from 1933. And although Gretchen is surrounded by the Nazi elite in PRISONER, in the sequel she gets mixed up with the some of the Nazi Party’s most formidable targets, the Ringvereine, Berlin’s organized criminal underworld!
I’m so excited to share Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke with readers. The book comes out on April 21, 2015, and the first book releases in paperback on the same day.
Anne has became one of my new favorite writers, I can’t wait for her second book!