I always tell people that I write World War II love stories. In A War Apart I used stories from my own family as inspiration.
My in-laws met on a blind date while he was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. They married twelve days later just before he shipped out to fight. My father-in-law's experiences in Europe inspired Guy's combat experiences in A War Apart.
Already married when the war started, my father enlisted soon after the war started. Assigned to the Coastal Artillery defending San Francisco Bay, he manned the big guns. My mother followed him and found a job nearby so they could be together. This story inspired the location at the beginning of A War Apart.
Writers are told to "write what you know." Since I was raised in a small town in Tennessee, I created a fictitious small town for a series of stories. In my first novel, Kitty's War, the heroine came from this small town. The heroine in A War Apart, Rosemary, also comes from this same town and the two are cousins. I'm working on a third novel about Kitty's brother Milton. Each book stands alone, but, if you read them all, you will recognize the town and some of the family members.
Although the time period and locations are different, young couples have had similar experiences during the War in Vietnam, the Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Separation during wartime, grief and uncertainty plague Guy and Rosemary in A War Apart. Lose yourself in another time and place as this young couple deals with a rocky road to love.
Barbara Whitaker writes historical romances with a focus on the World War II era. Originally from a small town in Tennessee, she currently calls Florida home. You can visit Barbara's website at http://www.barbarawhitaker.com/.
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