Mein Tanz mit Rommel - Elisabeth Marrion
Buchverlosung zu "Mein Tanz mit Rommel" von Elisabeth Marrion
German edition of the historical novel, The Night I Danced with Rommel is based upon Elisabeth Marrion's family history.
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Deutschland in den Jahren von 1926 bis 1945: Ihre Kindheit, geprägt von den Nachwehen des Ersten Weltkriegs, verbringt Hilde im beschaulichen Tilsit. Mit vierzehn Jahren muss sie sich alleine aufmachen in die weite Welt – nach Berlin – und kämpft fortan um das eigene Überleben und das ihrer Familie. Elisabeth Marrion, in Hildesheim geboren, zeichnet das Schicksal ihrer Mutter in diesem Tatsachenroman ergreifend nach. Der Leser erfährt, wie Hilde von einem schüchternen jungen Mädchen zu einer couragierten Frau heranwächst – und wie ein Tanz mit Generalfeldmarschall Rommel, dem „Wüstenfuchs“, der jungen Frau und ihrer Familie neue Hoffnung schenkt. Ein aufrüttelndes Zeugnis über Liebe, Freundschaft und Leid.
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Hello lieber Leser - Leserinnen, meine familie wollte eigentlich nicht das ich dieses Buch ( das erste eine Triology ) schreibe. Hier im ersten Buch geht es hauptsaechlich um meine Mutter. Ihre Jugend und Leben und um Freundschaft, Liebe, Mut und Verlusst. Ich schreibe meine Buecher in englisch und es dauert immer eine Weile bis sie mit hilfe meiner Freunden uebersetzt sind. Aber das zweite uebersetzte Buch geht schon diese Woche an meinen wuderbaren Verleger in Hannover. Dann dauert es nicht mehr lange.
Aber zurueck auf 'Mein Tanz mit Rommel' Es beruht sich auf Wahrheit und ist so wie es meine Mutter mir erzaehlt hat.
Ich wuerde mich ueber Fragen sehr freuen
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Blog Post Mary Ann Bernal November 2016
September 2016 By Award Winning Author Elisabeth Marrion-B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
You finished your latest masterpiece. Ready to press the publish button? No, wait, hold it there, just for a minute. Have you read and re-read? Did you do so on your computer, or did you print a copy? Printing out a copy is always a good idea, if you can do that. It really is easier to spot mistakes on a printed sheet.
Have you been lucky, or brave enough, to have it beta read?
Most of us have written more than one book. Do we, by now, have an inkling as to what will be best for our work to shine above the rest?
Cost, as always, will be a factor. Proofreading is a must and can be costly. I, at one time, received some really bad advice on how to save on proofreading costs. A mistake I will not repeat.
But do we need the extra expense of having the manuscript copy-edited? And bear in mind, that your copy-editor might suggest some changes. Or, worse still, suggest to delete certain sections altogether. This is your work, every word thought about, and the story carefully crafted. And now? A total stranger might be crossing out, changing and making suggestions on your creation.
No need to panic yet. We do not have to follow everything recommended. In one of my books, it was suggested one of the chapters was not needed at all. No relevance to the story, I was told. Well, it was relevant to me. I left it in. The book did get shortlisted that year in the Historical Novel Indie Award and received the B.R.A.G. Medallion, I am proud to say.
However, many suggestions I followed gladly, and am pleased I did. It was good to have a fresh view on what I thought was already ‘perfect’. It was far from perfect, of course. Perfection is what we strive for with every sentence we write. And the more books we write, the better we get, I am quite sure.
Yes, if you can, have your manuscript copy-edited. I certainly will. Mind you, I have to finish the next book first.
Do you have a story to add about copy-editing? Maybe you could share it here.
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Elisabeth was born in 1948 in Hildesheim, Germany. Her father was a Corporal in the RAF stationed after WWII in the British occupied zone in Germany, where she met her mother, Hilde.
Elisabeth and her mother shared their love for Art, both were performing at their local theater from a young age.
As a teenager she enjoyed reading novels and plays by Oscar Wilde, Thornton Wilder, Ernest Hemingway and short stories by Guy de Maupassant. More recently she felt inspired by ‘Rabbit-proof fence’, a true story written by Doris Pilkington.
In 1969 she moved to England and married David. Together they worked throughout the Far East and Sub Continent, spending a large amount of their time in Bangladesh. There they helped their manufacturer to build a school in the rural part of the Country.
For inspiration Elisabeth puts on her running shoes for a run through the New Forest.
The comments, advice and opinions expressed here are those of authors whose books have been honored with a B.R.A.G. Medallion. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the owners, management, or employees of indieBRAG, LLC.
13th August 2016
Book signing event at Astley Green Colliery Museum
BRAG Blog August 2016
Imagine we have no computers, no Internet access, no search engines. Yes, imagine it was like the good old days.
And just imagine how much paper we would be wasting using the old method – remember them? Typewriters! Painstakingly typing word after word using our well-practiced, two finger method. And sheet after sheet of perfectly good paper ending up in the writer’s waste bin.
Would the writing revolution ever have happened? Writing is no longer for the privileged few. Yes, even I have taken pen to paper, well, metaphorically speaking. A new found freedom being taken up by an army of hopefuls. Some with astonishing results. The new era – indie publishing. Literally, hundreds of thousands of new novels are published each year. Even this little fact I had looked up on the internet.
And we found a new way helping to protect our cherished rain forest – the e-book. After a slow beginning, (Amazon’s first Kindle appeared in 2007), there has been an explosion of e-books. But was it a ´Chicken or Egg´ situation? Did the e-book appear before the e-reader, surely not? I discovered that the Rocket e-book and Soft-book Reader was launched in 1998. There you have it. This brings me to the next topic, the research.
Try to imagine all of us new writers storming off to our local libraries, that is, if you could still find a local Library.
Every novel needs a certain amount of research. Alright, let us not dwell on the thought of what research was required when writing about a certain gentleman whose surname was Grey. Your novel might be covering a particular time in history or could be set in the present. Whatever, you still need to know everything about the country or the town your characters live in. The type of clothing they would wear, what music they would listen to, even coffee shops, bars, drinks and food. The list is endless.
I often wonder how many hours writers spent searching through books or documents, to find out what they needed to know. I am not saying that the Internet has totally replaced research books. But what a great help it has become. In life, you cannot totally rely just on the Internet and not everything which is listed is actually true. Take Wikipedia for example; it has it uses, but not always the correct information – we better beware. I believe most publishers do not like their writers quoting Wikipedia as a reference.
I still search for books about subjects I am writing about. For example, I wanted to include the ´Ruffles Hotel´ in Singapore in my story. I had the good fortune to have stayed there several times during my working life in the Far East. However, I needed to know more about a specific period in time, and I had to purchase a couple of books to find out what I needed to know. Libraries can no longer afford to carry as much stock as they once did. Even in their reference sections.
One thing I do like about Internet searches is its availability is not restricted to the computer. Tablets and iPhones can accomplish the same task, and the best part is you are no longer chained to your desk. You are now mobile! I sometimes use several devices at one time, one for writing my novel and the others to do the research whilst I am in a given chapter.
What is the best research method for you?
By Elisabeth Marrion
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
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Lizzy’s Summer Recipe: Rice Risi-Pisi
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There is a story around every corner
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Lizzie's Summer Recipe as posted on B.R.A.G. Blog June 2016
I first came across this delicious summer dish on a camping holiday with our local church group, as a teenager, which took us to the former Yugoslavia. I have made it ever since.
Recipe for 3-4 persons
½ Large Cucumber – Peeled and sliced
½ Large Onion – Sliced
½ Large Red Pepper – Sliced
½ Large Green Pepper – Sliced
4 Tomatoes – Sliced
200g of brown Rice
2 cans of Tuna Chunks 160g net weight
3 Serving Spoons of Olive Oil
2 Serving Spoon of Vinegar
½ a teaspoon of grainy mustard
Pinch of sugar
Squeeze of a lemon
a) Mix the Oil, Vinegar, Mustard, Salt, Pepper, Sugar,
b) Add the prepared Salad ingredients
c) Lift and mix carefully
d) Drain the opened tins of Tuna
e) Add the tuna
f) Rinse the tuna tins with a tiny bit of water and pour over the tuna now in the dish.
This will dilute the Oil/Vinegar mix and add extra moisture.
g) Lift and mix carefully
Squeeze the Lemon liberally over the mixture.
Cover the salad with Clingfilm and store in a cool place.
Boil the rice in the usual manner.
Place in a colander for draining
Rinse away starch with boiling water.
Serve the Rice on a plate
Lift and mix the Salad one last time and add to the plate above the Rice.
You can have this dish with hot or cold Rice. It is delicious both ways. However, in the Mediterranean, the Rice is served hot.
Voila! Bon Appetite!
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There is a story around every corner
My head is spinning, I spot a story on every corner I turn. What shall I do?
The first three instalments of my Unbroken Bonds series were an easy choice once I had started the first book. I knew their stories needed to be told. To be honest, I did not plan on writing a trilogy in four parts. You heard right. Four. Well, other writers have done it, so why not? BUT the big question is will book four have the same impact as the first three since the narrative is set in a different time?
It was not my idea. To be honest, it was my husband, David’s, who, sadly, is no longer with me. Upon finishing book three, Cuckoo Clock-New York, David casually asked, “what is happening to Thomas?” What is happening to Thomas, indeed? I started book four at that point, and we discussed the chapters I was writing. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold as David’s health deteriorated, and I have not picked it up again. Instead, I kept busy translating Liverpool Connection into German.
Previously, I had written several short stories. One almost became a novella, and I am toying with the idea of turning them into full-fledged novels. Changing genres, I wrote a comedy, something totally different and really funny. However, two movies have been made based upon a similar idea, which caused me to shelve the project.
During a visit to my hairdresser, she shared a dramatic incident, which should be told. I have her permission to develop the project that has a working title of The Village Rapist.
Recently, the local Newspaper ran a story about a local homeless man who refuses to give up on supporting himself. He buys a specialist newspaper and then sells them at a location he reaches by bus. The man is quite personable and speaks to passer-byes whether or not they buy a paper. I am ashamed to say I have always frowned upon such sellers. Since reading the article, I plan on making a purchase while learning about his life, especially the events leading up to his homeless state.
I once met a boy in a rural village in Bangladesh who dearly wanted to continue his education. A manufacturer friend of ours was involved with a school in the area, and we were able to help this child achieve his dream.
See, there is a story around every corner
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Start at the beginning
The Night I danced with Rommel is my first book, and it was a long time coming. Over fifteen years, if I recall correctly. It was supposed to have a totally different title: 6 Married Children, don’t ask why. I actually started writing the story at that stage and thought it would be a good idea to contact Manfred Rommel, then the Mayor of Stuttgart, whether he still had the photographs my mother had sent him years ago, especially, the one of her dancing with Field Marshal Rommel. He searched his files, but I was out of luck on that one. I did receive, however, a private photograph of himself with his father and mother.
I shelved the project for a while, fearing people might laugh about my idea to write a book. Eventually, I stopped worrying about that issue and joined a local writing group. Thank God I did. Otherwise, who knows what my writing would have been like? I destroyed my first draft and wrote a totally different novel. Which, to my amazement, wrote itself.
I was totally clueless about the publishing world, believing publishers would queue for my story. Well, I soon learned the truth about the business. Although I had a few Agents expressing an interest in my work, nothing came of their inquiries. After publishing the novel via a small Indie Publisher, I translated the text into German, and a German publishing house found me. Alright, I have to admit, it was because I simple rang some book shops in Germany in Field Marshal Rommel’s home town. And one of them expressed an interest. Next thing I knew, I received an email from a publisher.
Back to my English book. Yes, although I am German, I live in England, and I write in English. I knew I would never be able to totally self-publish a book, but I am a great believer in unless you help yourself, nobody else will do it for you. I searched writing magazines for inspiration, but I was not alone. There were so many good ideas from fellow writers, and I was inspired by their stories. I contacted a small Indie Publisher, a charming young couple who helped me through the process at a very reasonable cost.
The joy of holding the first printed copy of a book you wrote in your hands is indescribable. Now my book was available on Amazon, but all other avenues, such as book shops and libraries, I had to explore myself. The Indie Publisher’s work was finished, and it was up to me again.
I have learned a lot since the release of my first book. I now have a website and a very active social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and a blog) , you name it, I am there.
I have met great writers and although some live in different countries, we have become real friends, who constantly support and help each other. Since I am happy to show new writers the ropes, I created my second website: Writers-Room
My writing is promoted on social media daily, but I don’t overdo it. Nothing will put people more off than being constantly bombarded with messages about you books. Therefore, I avoid the direct approach.
The Night I Danced with Rommel was published in February 2013. The bulk of my sales are through Amazon, which features the print and electronic editions. Sales have exceeded 2500 copies
Liverpool Connection and Cuckoo Clock – New York have been published by a different Indie Publisher. The company is a well-known, well respected publishing house that has opened new doors for indie writers like myself. Due to their professional approach, Liverpool Connection achieved the B.R.A.G award, was shortlisted for the 2015 HNS Indie award, and was a Semi-finalist for the M.M. Bennetts award
Interview with B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Elisabeth Marrion August 6, 2015
I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Elisabeth Marrion to talk with me today about her book, Liverpool Connection. Elizabeth was born August 1948, in Hildesheim Germany. Her father was a Corporal in the Royal Air Force and stationed after the War in the British occupied zone in Germany, where he met her mother Hilde, a War Widow.
As a teenager she enjoyed reading novels and plays by Oscar Wilde, Thornton Wilder and never lost her love of reading novels by Ernest Hemingway, or short stories by Guy de Maupassant. More recently she felt inspired by Rabbit-proof Fence, a true story written by Doris Pilkington.
Elisabeth moved to England in 1969, where she met her husband David. Together they established a clothing importing company. Their business gave them the opportunity to travel and work in the Sub Continent and the Far East. A large part of their working life was spent in Bangladesh, where both helped to establish a school in the rural part of the Country, training young people in trades such as sign writing, electrical work and repair of computers and televisions.
Elisabeth discovered her love for writing relatively late, but the good thing is, now she doesn’t seem to be able to stop.
For inspiration she put on her running shoes for a long coastal run at the New Forest, where she now lives.
How did you discover IndieBRAG
First of all, I must thank you Stephanie, for taking time to talk with me.
I discovered indieBRAG through several ways really, but I will just mention three, which are: through my wonderful publishing team at SilverWood, who encourage each writer to spread themselves as far across the spectrum as possible; through writer Debbie Brown, from the English Historical Fiction Authors; and of course writer Helen Hollick from the HNS. Both Debbie and Helen provide the writers with updates via the Social Media to ensure they are aware of all the possibilities out there.
Tell me about your book, Liverpool Connection
Liverpool Connection is Annie’s story. Annie, like her sisters before her, leaves Ireland together with her ever-optimistic friend Flo, to find a better life in Liverpool. Only things do not turn out they way she had imagined. Soon Annie falls in love, marries and starts a family of her own. But with the onset of World War II comes tragedy and loss, testing Annie’s strength to her limit. Little does she realise that the salvation of one of her loved ones, lies with Hilde, a German woman, whose life and situation mirrors Annie’s own.
Why did Annie and her friend chose Liverpool to find a better life?
There was very little work available in Ballyshannon at that time. Yarn and Textile Mills were in decline. Annie dreamed of life in a big city and had the security of her sisters living and working there already. So what could possible go wrong ?
Why did you chose 1926 as the opening period for your story? Is there any historical significance?
Liverpool Connection is based upon a true story and Annie left Ireland in the 1920’s. I then picked the year to be 1926, which was the same year as Hilde, the German woman, leaves the security of her home in Prussia to work in a household in Berlin.
Tell me a little about the German woman, Hilde, that Annie meets.
Annie and Hilde never meet in person but the connection between them was through Joseph, a young Corporal in the RAF, who is looking for his friend, Annie’s brother-in-law. His plane was shot down over Hildesheim where Hilde lived. Hilde was my mother and Joseph was my father.
Could you please share an excerpt?
“Dorothy. Run!” She managed to shout before she started to cough.
Aircraft noises drowned out Annie’s instructions. She hurried after Dorothy. A whistling sound, silence, then a massive boom, which seemed to be really close by. The earth shook under her feet, and Annie fell to the ground, dropping Derek when she fell.
“Derek!” Nobody heard Annie’s cry for help. She was alone, lying on the ground, unable to move. From fear or shock, she did not know, but her legs refused to carry her weight. There was burning rubble near to where Derek had fallen. He managed to get up by himself. Covered in dirt, he toddled over to where she lay. He did not cry, just sat on the ground next to Annie. The planes came back. She imagined them to be somewhere right above her in the dark sky. She pulled Derek over by his arm. And covered him with her body as best she could. One arm over Derek and with the other shielding her head. Noises, threatening noises. Deafening sounds. The earth underneath would not keep still. And hot, so hot. My children, I hope they are safe. She must have said it out loud. She felt somebody pulling her at the back of the coat.
Who designed the cover of your book?
The wonderful creative team from SilverWood. I was asked whether I had my own idea and supplied just a tiny bit and then ‘voila’ the cover arrived.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
Since the story runs side-by-side with my first book, ‘ The Night I danced with Rommel’ and the connection between the two books is Liverpool, the title could only be this one.
Where can readers buy your book?
It can be bought via Amazon, printed, kindle and audio.
Barnes & Noble
Plus Bookstores in the UK.
When you get stuck on a scene what do you do?
I get up and walk around. In extreme cases, I put my running shoes on and go for a run on the coastal path. This is something I have always done when I have had to solve a problem.
What you working on next?
So much for the Unbroken Bonds series being a trilogy. It is my late husband David’s fault really. When I read the final chapter and epilogue to him from Cuckoo Clock-New York, he asked me what was happening to Thomas. Yes, you may well ask. You will have to find out in Welcome to Singapore, the prologue of which will be in the forthcoming book.
Are you sticking with just one genre?
No, I had already started with a totally different idea. But now, thanks to David, I will have to tell Thomas’s story first.
Where do you write?
I like to get up early, usually around 5am. I make myself a cup of really strong coffee and take it into my office. I first go over the chapter I wrote the day before and make adjustments. I then start on the next chapter. I write about 800 – 900 words a day. I have this habit of getting up every so often, walking around.-to clear my head a presume. Then I sit down and carry on.
A Message from indieBRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Elizabeth Marrion who is the author of, Liverpool Connection, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Liverpool Connection, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.
Elisabeth Marrion's Book Liverpool Connection now a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
The Night I danced with Rommel listed for a Wishing Shelf Award
Liverpool Connection shortlisted for the HNS 2015 India Award
21st August 2014
Elisabeth Marrion features on English History Novel Society blog with her Subject :
WW2 History - or still close to the present.
August 2014: Writers featured are:
D.J Kelly : D.J Kelly's website www.djkelly.co.uk
K-Trina Meador: K-Trina's website www.authorkmeador.com
26th July 2014
Christoph Fischer Interviews Elisabeth Marrion
To read the full interview click Here
10th July 2014
J.D.Kelly interviews Elisabeth Marrion
New Feature: Each month Writers Room promotes two of their writers on Social
Media and Websites:
July 2014 Writers featured are:
Karenne Griffin : Karenne's website is : karennegriffin.yolasite.com
David T Proctor : David's website : www.davidproctorsbooks.co.uk
Stall at Chalk Valley History Festival 28th June 2014
Table set up ready for the Launch of 'Liverpool Connection' at Foyles in Bristol June 7th 2014 Elisabeth reading from her new book at the Launch Party
Date for your Diary:
4th June 2014
Where: Rye Town Hall between 2 - 6 pm
David T Procter will re-launch his book Dead Men Lie
Be there if you can
Bournemouth Christmas Fair November/December 2013
Elisabeth, Ginny, Eve, Karenne, Michael, Isabelle
Fair at Milford on Sea 23rd November 2013
Isabelle Cottard Elisabeth Marrion
Writers- Room Book Fairs
21st July 2013, Farnham, Surrey ( contact us for details )
3rd August 2013 Winchester, Hampshire (contact us for details )