The Historical Background Blog

Where the journeys lead to stories and the stories lead to journeys.

(Part 3 of 3) Photo: Property of the author The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) In 1941–42, Bul’ba Borovets had formed a non-political unit of resistance...
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“Ukraine was, to the Germans, first and foremost a source of food; secondly, of coal, iron and other minerals; and thirdly, of slave labour.” –...
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(Part 1 of 3)Souvenirs from Kiev will be releasing on Jan 31, 2020. It is a collection of six stories by six distinct voices that provide...
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Now working on the fourth book in the series (not including the prequel), I am dealing with the events that led the Third Reich and...
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Food is one of my passions, a close second to writing. When penning the scenes in the Reschen Valley series, I make sure that my characters eat and...
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The Italian woman must follow Italian fashion. Taste, elegance and originality have demonstrated that this initiative can and must be successful. –Italian Fascist Party edict...
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Each of my novels requires anywhere from 20 to 30 books of research about the era I’m writing in. For the Reschen Valley series, I read...
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In the second of this two-part series, I’ll introduce you to the top museums dedicated to depicting the historical battles of WW1 (and WW2) in the...
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In this two-part series, we’re going to take you on a hike through the Italian Dolomites in South Tyrolean territory. In our post in July,...
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Last month, I posted the first of two parts regarding the Catholic rituals and heritage of Palm Sunday through Easter Monday. Having grown up in...
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This year, my husband and I celebrated Catholic Easter in Pitigliano, Italy. Our “big bash” was on Orthodox Easter a week later. I grew up...
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Like the United States has George Washington as its iconic founding father, an Austrian province in the middle of Europe, called Tyrol, gives homage through...
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European Traditions and Culture Around Carnival and Lent One of the things that never cease to amaze me when I travel or visit other cultures...
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Before I started the Reschen Valley series, I was writing about Ukraine in WW2. Shortly after I completed my debut novel, I realized I still...
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The Treaty of St Germain. If you are in the least bit familiar with how WW2 came to a head, then you are also aware...
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Reinforcing a reader’s misconceptions is like feeding junk food to their intelligence. I am not a perfect author. I don’t even know what that is...
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This is going to be a short post. I am still reeling from watching The Promise last night, which takes place in 1914 Istanbul/Constantinople and reveals the...
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