Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Kristin Harmel! ~The Room on Rue Amelie

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Today’s featured author is Kristin Harmel!

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Learn some fun facts about Kristin in this short Q&A. Leave a question on the blog for a chance to win The Room on Rue Amelie!

1. What genre(s) do you write?  

Women’s fiction and historical fiction.

2. Coffee or tea lover?
Definitely coffee! I’m a coffee addict! I’m not even human in the morning before my first cup.

  

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.

I’d love to see the Northern Lights in person one day. 
4. Do you have pets?  

No, not right now. We had a dog, Dexter, who died a few years ago, and my husband and I knew we were going to start trying for a family, so it didn’t feel like the right time for a puppy. Now, our son is two; I think we’ll probably get a dog within the next two years.

5. When I wake up every morning I… Pour myself a cup of coffee and sit down to play with my son!

6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.
Ha… I can’t think of anything particularly weird! Maybe my big-wheel bike from when I was a toddler? (My mom saved it!)


  ​7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills? 

I played the drums in high school, not that I was especially good at it! And I can (and will) enthusiastically sing all the words to Marky Mark’s Good Vibrations any time the song comes on. “Yo, it’s about that time…”

  8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?  

I hope they’ll see a bit of themselves in the stories–and find hope in the end.


9. What inspired you to write The Room on Rue Amelie?
I first had the idea for the story while researching my 2012 novel, The Sweetness of Forgetting, which talks (among other things) about one of the escape routes out of Paris for Jews during World War II. Having lived briefly in Paris myself, I’m very interested in WWII history concerning that city, and after reading additionally about escape routes through Paris for downed Allied airmen, the idea for the story began to take shape. It wasn’t until I read the memoir of an American woman named Virginia d’Albert Lake, who helped rescue more than 60 Allied airmen in France during the war, that I finally felt comfortable in realistically writing about an American woman who finds herself in France in 1940 and decides to play a role in an Allied escape line. The book was fascinating to research! So many ordinary people found endless depths of courage and risked their own lives to save others and keep the war effort going.  

Meet Kristin Harmel

More books by Kristin Harmel
 Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for People magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Her latest novels — The Room on Rue Amélie, The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, How to Save a Life (a long novella), and When We Meet Again — are out now from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and son.

Twitter: @kristinharmel

Instagram: @kristinharmel
 

The Room on Rue Amelie

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 When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

 

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