The Complexity of Lives
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Too Many Wolves in the Local Woods follows the journey of two women during WWII and how their lives affect their descendants. What were some important themes you wanted to explore in this book?
This book, though it reads as a standalone, is book 2 in my Love and Fate series. Those who read How Dare the Birds Sing must remember Lyuba, Natasha and Natashen’ka, and also Ulya-Ursula who appeared in just one episode then became a main character in Too Many Wolves in the Local Woods. In this book, I wanted to explore the complexity of lives and how war can intertwine them unexpectantly and how irrevocably the actions of the characters can influence the fates of their descendants. Two other themes were important for me to investigate: how thin the line is between hero and killer under war circumstances and the meaning of patriotism, justice, and morality during difficult times such as my main heroine and many real-life people faced during the Nazi occupation.
Did you put anything from your own life into this book?
My life is irrevocably connected with all I write about WWII, the Great Patriotic War as it is called in Russia and the former Soviet republics. I was raised on stories about this horrific war in which the Soviet Union alone lost about 27 million human lives. I remember, as children, we visited the frontline heroes or their family members, listening to the tales about their fight for the Motherland. My own experience of it is reflected in the epilogue when Natashen’ka visits an old partisan who fought together with her mother against the occupants.
This novel is exceptionally well written. What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer with this book?
With this book, I delved into the topic of an intelligence officer working behind enemy lines that was, if not quite new—after all, I read books and saw films related to the subject—was uncharted territory for me as a writer. Only my future readers can say if I met the challenge of the task.
When will this novel be available?
Too Many Wolves in the Local Woods will be available as part of the collection of WWII novels, The Road to Liberation, on May 5, 2020.
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