Interview with Terri Wangard & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Terri Wangard & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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Savanna:  Welcome to the blog, Terri. We’re so glad you could join us today. Congratulations on your new release, Friends and Enemies. I just started it over the weekend and I’m hooked! 😉

When did you first get the idea for this story and how long did it take you to write it?

Terri:  I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes in 2008 (about fulfilling your wish list) and decided to write again after having started and stopped a few years earlier. My earlier efforts had been contemporary, but this time I decided on a historical. I have a batch of letters written in 1946-8 from distant cousins in Germany who were receiving care packages from my grandparents. The letters don’t share much about their experiences during the war or what they thought of the Nazis. So I wrote a story for them. I started in the fall of ‘08 and finished the following spring. I later rewrote it with some significant changes, but the German family stayed pretty much the same.

Savanna:  Without giving too much away, what was your favorite scene in the book to write?

Interview with Terri Wangard & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordTerri:  In the original version, the main characters were high school sweethearts, so their reunion scene was poignant. It’s still special, but lost a bit of its punch. The shenanigans in the ruined castle were fun to write.

Savanna:  Ah, can’t wait to get to that scene! 😉 Can you share with us a small piece of fascinating history that you learned during your research that did not end up in the novel?

Terri:  I spent a lot of time studying my favorite U-boat website finding just the right sub for Heidi’s husband: when it sank, why, where. I couldn’t use much of that because Heidi wouldn’t know about it. That sub was the first U-boat to be sunk with a new, secret weapon.

Savanna:  What’s one of your favorite things to do, besides writing of course! 😉

Terri:  I love visiting other countries, but haven’t done so in recent years. The hassle of getting there with security constraints and long uncomfortable flights, the high cost. Now I visit Florida. I love walking the beaches and looking for sea shells.

Savanna:  That sounds really nice right about now. It’s pretty cold here in Missouri this week. 🙂 Any words of advice for aspiring authors out there?

Terri:  I started writing in the fall of ’08; I signed my contract in March of ’15. Six and a half years. Use that time to learn all you can about writing. Attend conferences. Join critique groups. And stay patient.

Savanna:  Yes, it’s a long road for writers. What a special journey, though. Thanks for sharing with us today, Terri. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Terri:  Friends and Enemies is Book One of the Promise For Tomorrow series. I hadn’t planned on a series until an editor told me I probably needed a series to sell. I knew a lot about the Air Force, so the B-17 navigators became the common thread. Paul’s friend Rafe stars in No Neutral Ground, which releases May 3, and Chet’s story is in Soar Like Eagles, releasing September 6 this year. I’ll be a one-year wonder!

Savanna:  Wow! Talk about a busy year. 🙂 That’s exciting. Congrats, Terri. Hope it’s a blessed year in every way!


Terri has graciously offered to give away 1 copy of Friends and Enemies to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be you!

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Thanks for entering! Contest ends January 19, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

41 comments on “Interview with Terri Wangard & GIVEAWAY
  1. Joan Arning says:

    I think you have already had snow, Savanna, but I’m still waiting for it in southeast Missouri! Today is cold but sunny!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Joan! No, we haven’t got much snow at all yet. The other day it began, but melted as soon as it hit the ground. 🙁 It’s been cold and sunny here too. Stay warm!

  2. Deanne Patterson says:

    We are cold and a few snow showers in my neck of the woods.

  3. I love WWII historical fiction. I’m also a writer and write WWII fiction. I’m also a history major. It is really really cold where I am going to school.

  4. Sarah Storm says:

    Here in Michigan we are having a huge snow storm right now. The roads are a mess. This review is beautiful! Sounds like a lovely book!!

  5. Bonnie says:

    It’s back to rain this week in Wash. The first few days of Jan. we had just enough snow to cover the ground.. It was beautiful!

  6. Amanda T. says:

    Big beautiful snowflakes fell most of today. Love it when the world is covered in snow. 🙂

  7. Joanne Keith says:

    It is freezing this morning and we had snow overnight! Brrrr! Thanks for all the reviews…perfect day to stay home and read a book!

  8. Raechel says:

    Thanks for this interview and giveaway! This book is definitely on my TBR list!
    The weather is bitterly cold here – 8 to 10 degrees below zero lately!

  9. Lucy Reynolds says:

    It is 8 degrees this am in WV with a couple of inches of snow and flurries. Wind is biting. Must go check on my girls, chickens, in a bit. Brrrr

  10. Beth says:

    Single digits and I have to go to the store for food! I’ve put it off and now it’s a “need to go” situation 🙁

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Don’t you just hate that feeling, Beth? When getting out in the cold is no longer avoidable? 😉 Hope you get back home safe and sound soon. Good luck in the giveaway too!

  11. kim amundsen says:

    IT will hit almost 50 today and tomorrow. Being in nebraska it’s almost unheard of in january. It should be only about 30 for a daytime high.

  12. carylkane says:

    It’s a sunny, brisk day here in my part of Texas. Temps will be warming up to the low 60s.

  13. Laurie Bergh says:

    I am in Green Bay and today’s high will be 16 degrees. Tomorrow’s high will be 30 degrees, that means it will snow.

  14. Brenda Arrington says:

    Still waiting for snow. We don’t get very much snow anymore. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Brenda in VA

  15. Heather Olsen says:

    The weather is rainy and cold. The rain is melting away some of the snow that we have gotten in the last month. In one snow storm over 5-7 days, we had already gotten more snow than we did the entire winter last year.

  16. MS Barb says:

    Finally got a 1 hour delay for work (I work in the office of a Sheltered Workshop) this week–temps dropped in the single digits & there’s a little bit of snow on the ground! (Wishing for a snow day so I can read & quilt!)

  17. Alison Boss says:

    Here in Michigan we just had a major snow storm and are in VERY cold temps! BRRRR! I’m already so ready for summer! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  18. Vicki G says:

    Rainy, and it made it up to 40 degrees, which felt like a heat wave, but we are on the downward slide again.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Vicki! I know, isn’t that weird how in winter those temps feel SO warm sometimes? 🙂 I’m glad you could stop by and join us. Good luck in the giveaway!

  19. Connie Saunders says:

    Today it is in the 30s here in KY. Very gray and damp with a chance of snow tonight and tomorrow.

  20. Terrill Rosado says:

    Today was cloudy and drizzly with a temp around 45 degrees.

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