Caileigh Pryor
Caileigh Pryor asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hello, my name is Caileigh and I am a huge fan of your debut novel Between the Shades of Gray. I was wondering what made you write a book like Between the Shades of Gray and did you have to do a lot of research before and during your writing sessions?

Ruta Sepetys Hello Caileigh!

Yes, writing "Between Shades of Gray" required an enormous amount of research. In terms of what made me write the book, much of the world is not aware that Stalin deported so many people to Siberia. I wanted to write the book to create an awareness and also give voice to the people who never had a chance to tell their story. Thanks for asking!
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