Author Q&A with Lauren Belfer
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 12, 2011

A few weeks ago I read “A Fierce Radiance” (book review) and was very impressed with the storytelling and research that went into the book. The author, Lauren Belfer (web­site), was kind enough to answer a few questions I had after finished reading her book. Q. It seems you did a lot of research, anything specific you can share about how you went about it? A.I adored doing the research for “A Fierce Radiance.”  Of course, research is always easier for me than sitting down to write!  I started my research by reading every issue of Life Magazine for the war years, 1939 (when the war began in Europe) through 1945.  I learned some amazing things, such as the extent to which people assumed that America would be bombed and invaded during World War II.  I also read the New York Times on microfilm for the war years.  For my purposes, microfilm was much better than reading the digital archive of the Times, because on microfilm you see the advertisements.  You learn what people are wearing, and what cars they’re driving.  As I wrote the novel, I wanted to forget everything I knew about the actual course of World War II and…

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