1. What genre(s) do you write?
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.
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?
8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
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
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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.
The Room on Rue Amelie
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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