“THE GUARDIAN OF SECRETS”
About This InterviewJana
Petken is a talented writer who currently resides in Spain. She chose ahard genre when she became a writer and it’s only fair that we give her a great interview. What makes her stand above other writers? That’s an
easy one to answer– she writes as though she is watching a movie– her words are moving pictures. I think you will love her interview and her book… Enjoy!The Guardian of SecretsA historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936–39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different
paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields, and in the shadow of war, an evil ghost from the past watches and waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family. In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home..How did you get interested in writing this particular genre and what does a would-be writer in your category need to know?
History has always held my interest. I love the subject and the wonderful opportunities that history can bring to the imagination. This is not a genre that I chose; I believe it chose me. To be able to read about kings, queens, wars, politicians, villains and heroes throughout
history, is a wonderful experience.
I can only give this advice to, would be, historical writers: When you tell a story, make your backdrop real. Take the time to investigate and research the facts surrounding your characters, such as locations, names, dates or events.
What kind of research did you do and where do you begin your research?
The research for The Guardian of Secrets was a long, painstaking job. I had no internet and spent my time in libraries, buying reference books, watching documentaries, visiting battle sites in Spain, studying the lives of nuns, interviewing Civil War survivors, and a couple of soldiers from opposing sides – I said painstaking but it was a wonderful
I still prefer researching the old fashioned way, rather than using Google or Wikipedia. They are both great tools but they don’t bring me the same sense of “Learning” as reference books.
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