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Annette Oppenlander

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J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, James Alexander Thom, Michael Crichton

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Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past. Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was elected to IWIC’s Hall of Fame and won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves act ...more

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Annette Oppenlander In 2012 I visited Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany. Walking through the ruins I found a note about Knight Werner von Hanstein who'd feuded with…moreIn 2012 I visited Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany. Walking through the ruins I found a note about Knight Werner von Hanstein who'd feuded with Duke Schwarzburg over a beautiful woman in the late Middle Ages. I was hooked.(less)
Annette Oppenlander Hello Rhonda,
Thank you so much for reaching out to me with your question! I'm happy you enjoyed 'Surviving the Fatherland.' In 2002 I visited them in…more
Hello Rhonda,
Thank you so much for reaching out to me with your question! I'm happy you enjoyed 'Surviving the Fatherland.' In 2002 I visited them in Germany and asked them to retell their stories. I recorded everything with a small old-fashioned tape recorder. Quite often I asked additional questions so they'd go deeper. They were very open about the actions and occurrences during these years.

At the same time, a lot of the emotion you experience in the book is my interpretation of what they felt. Particularly my mother suffered greatly under her upbringing and was not able to express everything. It took me 15 years to get this story written and I think one reason it took so long was, to write it in a deeply moving way. I think writing the book helped me understand my parents a lot better. Sadly, my mother passed away in 2004 at the age of 72. My father is still alive at 89.

Thanks for reading and reaching out!
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