Ivana asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hi Ruta . I actually do not have any questions for you . I just want to thank you for the wonderful books that you gave us , and the emotions they bring . For now I read Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy . Since they are translated with us . She would like to know where you get your inspiration , what are the possibilities that the books on a way autobiographical ? Many greetings from Croatia

Ruta Sepetys Hello Ivana!

I hope all is well in Croatia! My books aren't autobiographical, but they are based on things that my extended family endured. "Between Shades of Gray" is connected to my father's family and "Out of the Easy" was partially inspired by my mother's story.

Thanks for asking and I hope to visit Croatia soon!
Ruta Sepetys

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