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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.
I enjoyed this book. The plot is complex and keeps your interest. Some interesting history of Spain.Published 20 hours ago by Doey Casey
I found this book intriguing in any number of ways. Her descriptions are so vivid that I almost felt like I had visited them. Read morePublished 9 days ago by R. A. Femali
A beautifully written novel. I enjoyed reading every artistically crafted paragraph. What a treat this novel is!Published 13 days ago by Jeffrey A. Mercer
Amazing story of a part of history - spain and morocco pre wwii. Loved the main charcter.Published 14 days ago by Judith Tatelbaum
An exciting and interesting historically story very well writtenPublished 24 days ago by Susanne Watkins
a mixed bag. Great characters and the story line was strong and interesting. at a couple of points too much political description...at others, important things seemed left out. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dee M
This is a story really worth the read. The author is to be applauded for
the detail that made the book one that was hard to put down. Literally
hated to see it end. Read more