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Kristin Hannah The Nightingale was inspired in part by the story of Andree de Jongh, an amazing nineteen year old Belgian woman who began the Comet line, as escape route through German occupied France during World War II.
Kristin Hannah I write regardless of inspiration, really. The best inspiration is to have something to write and something to say, which really means to live well and love well and read a lot and watch a lot of movies. And then to sit in front of the computer every day and get started.
Kristin Hannah LOL. The Nightingale is a tough book to follow up, but I'm working on it. A contemporary family drama. That's all I know at this point. :)
Kristin Hannah You might want to read other answers in this thread. I urge you to read a lot, write every day that you can, join a critique group, join a writer's group, attend classes, go to conferences, and keep believing in yourself. Half the battle is never giving up.
Kristin Hannah The best thing about being a writer is working at home. It allowed me to be the at home mom I wanted to be. :)
Kristin Hannah Hello and thanks! I don't let the idea of writer's block into my mind. That's not to say I never suffer with what to write next, I just frame as a problem to be solved with research, rather than labeling it as a problem.
Kristin Hannah Hi Christine! I started writing because I wanted to be an at home mom. It is a great job for that. :)
Kristin Hannah Hi Amanda,

No, I don't usually picture anyone, although I did see Jennifer Lawrence as Isabelle in Nightingale. Thanks!
Kristin Hannah Hi Johanna, this is a great question but hard to answer. It's a tie between Kate in Firefly Lane and Jolene in Home Front.
Kristin Hannah Thanks, Jennifer! Hope you love it!
Kristin Hannah Hi Marilyn--

Thanks for your question. I know it sounds cliché, but the hardest thing you will ever do is to commit completely to beginning to write. The most important moment is to simply begin. Then you write the next day, and the next and the next. Don't worry about how good you are, just focus on learning the craft. Take classes, go to conferences, find a critique group. And read everything you can with an analytical eye. Good luck!
Kristin Hannah Hi Marsha--I'm all for it! I would love to see one of my books made into a movie. I don't usually picture actors or actresses in a role. I think that's because I need to have them completely in my head.
Kristin Hannah Hi Julie---

My advice is to write, write, write. Take classes, go to conferences, find a critique partner. And don't give up. It can take a long time, but every hour you spend learning your craft will matter in the end.
Kristin Hannah Thanks so much, Justin! What do you write? I was inspired to write Winter Garden by the amazing true story of the Siege of Leningrad. I couldn't believe I hadn't read much about the women who survived it.

It is such a powerful true story, I just had to re-imagine it for myself.
Kristin Hannah

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