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Félix J. Palma: The Time in Between features many real life characters. How did you ensure that these individuals were accurately portrayed? I imagine that you had to be especially careful given that people who knew them are still alive.
María Dueñas: Some of the characters in my book belong to our recent history and played a prominent role in the Spanish Civil War and WWII in Spain. Ironically, however, a few of them have been obscured by time, and so my task was to bring them back to the forefront in order to recreate some significant events during those febrile years. For this purpose, I used a wide variety of sources: academic works, archives, old newspapers and even interviews with people who personally knew these people. I was very thorough in my research, and I think the outcome has been positive. Many readers finally get to meet these historical figures and no one has complained that the personalities I've managed to reconstruct are inaccurate.
FP: It's unusual to come across a heroine who is a seamstress. How did you decide upon this occupation for Sira?
MD: I needed an independent female character who was able to support herself so that she could move about freely without depending on a man. In the late thirties and early forties few occupations offered women this ability, but a seamstress was one of them.
FP: Many novels take place during World War II and yet you've done a wonderful job of taking a fresh approach. Can you tell us about it?
MD: WWII took place when Spain was immersed in post-Civil War reconstruction so many people think that the war had no effect on Spain. But this is not true. Our territory was coveted by Britain and Germany, and there was a lot of espionage in the country at that time. I also added a new ingredient to the traditional view of this period by incorporating a female character into the war game. I think the combination of both these things--an unexplored environment and a new type of heroine--is what sets The Time In Between apart.
Very good, interesting story, but way too much repetition of information.Published 4 days ago by Gloria Colacino
Interesting background (Spain between the Spanish Civil War and World War !!) and interesting heroine (a seamstress who rises to the heights of high society) It has... Read morePublished 7 days ago by SYLVIA APPLEBAUM
Good condition and fast delivery. Very pleased with purchase. I will order again once I finish reading the book is about 600 pagesPublished 8 days ago by erika cooling
tHE WRITING IS OK, THE DRAMA IS MUCH BETTER! iT'S AN AMAZING DRAMA! VERY INTICATE AND BEAUITUFL, IT ON DRAMA FEVER AND EVERYONE WE HAVE SHOWN IT TO JUST LOVES IT.Published 15 days ago by Judy in Sandy
Great read, I highly recommend this book. It's always fun to read a page turner!Published 1 month ago by Susan
This was an enjoyable read. The more I read the more I did not want to put this book downPublished 1 month ago by sandra
I liked this book a lot, I didn't love it. I can't put my finger on why I didn't love it. There were enough twists and turns and it came highly recommended, but perhaps it didn't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pam Gersh
This piece based on Spain's civil war and the spread of the Nazis throughout Europe is based on historical data. It weaves the lives of historical figures throughout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet M. Dettlaff