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Ellen Marie Wiseman

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A first-generation German American, Ellen Marie Wiseman discovered her love of reading and writing while attending first grade in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in NYS. She is a bestselling author whose novels have been translated into eighteen languages. Her debut novel, THE PLUM TREE, is loosely based on her mothers stories about growing up in Germany during the chaos of WWII. THE PLUM TREE received much praise for its depiction of WWII and was named by Bookbub as One of Thirteen Books To Read if You Loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Ellens second novel, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, was named a Huffington Post Best Books of Summer 2015. Her third novel, COAL RIVER, was called "one of the most "unputdownable" books of 2015" by The ...more

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Ellen Marie Wiseman Hi Mere, Thanks for the questions! While working on THE PLUM TREE, I spent four years switching between long periods of research and writing the…moreHi Mere, Thanks for the questions! While working on THE PLUM TREE, I spent four years switching between long periods of research and writing the novel. For my second and third novels, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND and COAL RIVER, my process was a little different. I had to research as I wrote because I was working on a relatively short deadline. As far as choosing setting/characters/plots, I like to unearth those parts of history we weren't taught in school, and I love writing about normal everyday people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. THE PLUM TREE is loosely based on my mother's childhood and tells the story of a working-class German family during WWII. I was inspired to write WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND after reading about 425 suitcases that were discovered in the attic of a shuttered asylum, left there by patients who checked into the institution but never checked out. For COAL RIVER, when I learned about the young boys who worked in the coal mines under extremely dangerous conditions, I knew it was a story that needed to be told. I hope that answers your questions! Thanks again! (less)
Ellen Marie Wiseman Hello, Thanks for the question. And a thousand thanks for reading and recommending THE PLUM TREE and WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND to your friends! Word of…moreHello, Thanks for the question. And a thousand thanks for reading and recommending THE PLUM TREE and WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND to your friends! Word of mouth is so important for authors. Currently I'm working on my fourth novel, but I'm happy to tell you that my third novel, COAL RIVER, comes out November 24th and is available for pre-order now. You should be able to find it on Goodreads too. I hope you'll check it out! (less)
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What She Left Behind

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If youre a soon-to-be published author, youre probably a little nervous about presentations and book clubs. Okay, maybe youre terrified. (I was!) Among a million other things, you might be wondering

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“I want you to understand something. War makes perpetrators of some, criminals of others, and victims of everyone. Just because a soldier is in the battle, doesn't mean that he believes in the war.”
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Ellen Wiseman Gianna wrote: "Hi, Ellen,

Thank you for making me your friend. I love cats, and I write Regency romance including Pride and Prejudice variations.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Gianna Thomas"


Thank you for the request! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! :)


Gianna Thomas Hi, Ellen,

Thank you for making me your friend. I love cats, and I write Regency romance including Pride and Prejudice variations.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Gianna Thomas


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Mary McCoy-Dressel Hi, Ellen,

Thank you for the friendship. Nice to see you here, too.

Mary~


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Ellen Wiseman Melissa wrote: "Thanks for the friendship, Ellen. I can't wait to read THE PLUM TREE!"

Thank you! I hope you'll let me know what you think! :)


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Ellen Wiseman Thank you!! I hope you'll let me know what you think!


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Ellen Wiseman You're welcome! I'm still finding my way around here so thanks for the request!


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