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My second historical fiction, Broken Angels, is once again set in Poland and Germany in WWII. Thanks again to the team at Lake Union Publishing, especially the wonderful editors and proofreaders I had the privilege of working with – Jodi, Shari, Robin & Jill – who added their professional polish.

Thank you also to the actors/narrators, Emily Foster and Nico Evers-Swindell, for their brilliant work on the audible version.

After the book release on April 26th, Broken Angels reached #1 in Literature & Fiction categories on Amazon. Pastel Orphans, my first historical fiction novel(second edition released June 2nd) reached #1 on Historical Fiction lists in Literary, World, Jewish and German categories. And before Pastel Orphans was taken up by Lake Union Publishing, the book was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The books have received great feedback from Kirkus Reviews, InStyle UK, The Courier Mail Queensland, the Historical Novel Society, Goodreads, Amazon reviewers, book bloggers and other readers across the world. Click here to read what some had to say.

Earlier written works include Gothic fantasy for young adults. The first drafts for these were written while I was studying creative writing, but weren't published until years later. It wasn't a huge creative leap to historical fiction and the human consequences of war. My books have all involved researching places and periods before my time, and both themes are character-driven. The idea to write about WWII originated after I interviewed war veterans as part of college assignments in the 90s, but it would be many years before I felt I had the confidence and experiences, and enough research material, to create my characters.

Click here to read about Joseph Solomon (my great-x-3 grandfather) who I borrowed the name from for Pastel Orphans.

I am truly grateful for all the feedback, letters and mentions, some of which left me a little overwhelmed!

I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and other memorials, and I've read many WWII reference books and personal accounts over the last two decades, as well as growing up with family members who experienced war up-close. The stories I have written pale in comparison with the real stories of human endurance shown by those men, women and children who suffered during this and other wars, past conflicts, and events that are happening now.

Thank you readers, reviewers, librarians, retailers, family & friends for all your support!

Gemma Liviero

 


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"Each time my mother sank to the bottom of cold despair, she would always find a break in the ice above, to breathe new air, to find new purpose. She never indulged in self-pity, nor did she point the finger of blame for her misfortunes. Her heart was clear of bitterness. I believe that if a person’s strength of character is measured at the end of his or her life, it is by these qualities—qualities that allow a life to be lived, free of those restraints we place upon ourselves.

But that doesn’t mean we should forget."

 

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Late afternoon, a package arrives addressed to me. Inside is a picture book and the title is Hansel and Gretel. It is the most beautiful book. It has a golden spine and the pictures are shining with color.

I read the whole book over and over again and then I read it to Greta who clings to me afterwards.

‘It is all right,’ I say to her. ‘It is just a story. Things like that don’t really happen.’

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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