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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.
This is a different perspective to the WWII era. One never learns about the other countries (i.e. Spain Portugal) involvement in the war. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Sharron Patrie
One of the most boring books I have read in a long time. Excruciating detail of the most mundane activities eg description of what had to eat, over and over again. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Karen Horsfall
Excelent! Very dinamic and interesting all the way. I couldn't left the book for a second. Everyone should read itPublished 2 days ago by alesaa
Book was excellent and talks about a part of the world which I knew nothing about. Very good read!Published 6 days ago by Deedee
I liked this book very much, although it seemed a bit long. This was partly due to the author going into a lot of detail, at times almost almost to a fault. Read morePublished 9 days ago by barbara hansen
A most interesting novel based on fact and a different slant on Spain, Germany, the Axis powers and the Allied tactics to oppose them. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Coloxfer