When doing this, I look for real key figures that help propel the historical within the fiction. For Annamarie’s story, I specifically needed someone who would hurl her into the middle of Nazi events in Tyrol, Austria. I chose Franz Hofer without really knowing how serendipitous it would become.
When I dove into the research, with great excitement I realized that he could connect all the dots in a book that will wrap up the Katharina Steinhauser-Angelo Grimani saga. And to an author, there is nothing more exciting than stumbling on such a juicy and rich circumstance. In other words, Gauleiter Franz Hofer made my day.