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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 book started slow at first but gradually wrapped you up in its intricate weave of stitches that made you keep reading until it ended. Read morePublished 9 days ago by SpeedyReader
Great story. The characters are interesting and I cared about what happened to them.Published 10 days ago by Courtney shellenberger
Taking place between the Spanish Civil War and World War II, this is the story of a young woman who is swept away by the wrong fellow, and learns, with assistance, to stand on her... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mary M Stanton
really very well written and a page turner !! NOw just finished i have discovered that spanish tv has made a series out of it oin 17 chapters: also very well done but too... Read morePublished 12 days ago by micaela joanna krumholz
I believe some years ago I reviewed this book. I recently purchased it for a friend. The book is a suspenseful, historical novel. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Deb Miller
I haven't finished reading it yet but so far so good. Very happy with the supposedly "used" version. Read morePublished 19 days ago by DrMunozHealth
This novel begins in Spain just before World War II. It was a commendable book although a tad long where some chapters could have been condensed to keep the reader from becoming... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Frances