manon asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hi! I read salt to the sea a few weeks ago and the story was so amazing and heartbreaking and I was wondering how did you got the inspiration to write about the Wilhelm Gustloff?

Ruta Sepetys Hello Manon!

My father's cousin had passage on the Gustloff, but the day of the voyage she was not able to board the ship. When the ship sailed she was left behind and was certain her life was over. But she was able to board a ship the next day and she survived...because she was not on the Gustloff.

Thanks so much for asking!
Ruta Sepetys

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