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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.
The plot moves quickly from setting to setting in exotic locations. The characters are likeable; the main character loveable. The conflicts vary with each change in setting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Melissa Reese Etheridge
Such a good book. I read some of the bad reviews about the book being long and boring, and I agree the book is long, however it's not a boring story, and the length of the book... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Hannah Kraske
A long, juicy historical novel that kept me interested in the various plot threads. Historically informative and well written.great strong female character.Published 5 days ago by Deb smith
Good story but the author is too wordy and tends to explain situations over and over.Published 5 days ago by barbara pierce
Very interesting story of an outwardly normal businesswoman who creates beautiful clothes for rich women and has a talent for listening and reporting what she learns. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JUDY O
Wonderful read! So much unknown history of Spain, Morocco and Portugal that are not familiar to many people. Well written and great story line.Published 7 days ago by Ann M. Barnes
The story meandered and main character's motivation not clear. This was just a so so read.Published 7 days ago by Barbara Amster