I’ll definitely need your input to see if perhaps it is something readers would/could be interested in one day.
I’ve come to realize I am whole heartedly fascinated with WWII fictional romances or stories. I recently finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and my god- the feels I had experiencing that book! I could rave on and on about the story- but if you haven’t read it, you just won’t understand. So go experience it. And then tell me how much you loved Isabella too!
Well, going back to my project. I’m considering writing (one day in the future) a romance novel with a backdrop of the events of Pearl Harbor.
I adored The Bronze Horseman series of an epic romance during Russia’s war against Hitler. Now with The Nightingale, I was captivated by the experience of Nazi occupation in France and their people’s resistance.
I cried like a newborn when I saw Saving Private Ryan, and the film Pearl Harbor with Ben Afleck enthralled me. Let's not even talk about what Roberto Benigni's La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) did to me!
I know that this isn’t nearly enough to make you think I could be that fascinated- but I swear I am!
The problem is, I take these stories to heart so deeply, I actually need loooooong periods of time in between the stories because they just get to me that much.
My heart breaks that hard.
So with something that moving for me, I need plenty of space in between to make sure I don’t spiral into depression or something! Crazy! I know ;) But I honestly do take those WWII stories that serious.
So I was wondering, a topic that makes me profoundly emotional might be a great book to write, no?
The idea came from a friend’s FB post for Memorial Day. It was a photo of the memorial bridge built over the sunken USS Arizona Battleship in Pear Harbor (View picture above) . Seeing that once immense military battle machinery, now nothing but rusted scraps at the bottom of the ocean sparked a deep sadness for me. Not just the eye opening fact that nothing is indestructible, but for the thousands of souls that went down with it.
The entire lives of people that were left behind that day.
The amount of love gone with them.
(Remember, I am a romance reader/writer, so of course, my initial thoughts are about those sailors’ relationships!)
What do you think? Should I give it a shot?
(Of course, after I’ve published Farewell, my Loves!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below even if it's about your own fascination with WWII, or what other books you would recommend in that genre...