Title: Gone by Nightfall
Author: Dee Garretson
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Publication date: January 21st 2020
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A young woman is torn between her home and her dreams during the Russian Revolution.
It’s 1916, and Charlotte Mason is determined to make a life for herself in czarist Russia. When her mother dies, Charlotte is forced to put her plans to go to medical school aside to care for her unruly siblings. Then a handsome new tutor arrives. Charlotte has high hopes that he’ll stay, freeing her up to follow her dreams of becoming a doctor. But there’s more to Dmitri that meets the eye.
Just when she thinks she can get her life back, Russia descends into revolution and chaos. Now, not only does Charlotte need to leave Russia, she needs to get her siblings out too–and fast.
Can Charlotte flee Russia, keep her siblings safe, and uncover Dmitri’s many secrets before she runs out of time?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
What is your name and where do you call home?
My name is Dee Garretson and I live in Ohio.
Do you use a pen name? And why?
I don’t use a pen name now but I have in the past when I was experimenting with writing in different genres. I’m thinking about releasing that work under my own name sometime in the near future.
Are you a self-published / Indie author / Mainstream Published?
I’ve been all three! And I hope to continue to publish in a variety of ways.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t put all your hopes and plans on one book. I made that mistake with my first book and it held me back. Keep writing new stories and keep trying to improve your writing. Writing is only a tiny part talent. Being a successful published writer is far more about mastering your craft.
Where do you get your inspiration to write your books?
It comes from all over the place. Reading a news story, meeting someone with a unique background, visiting a particular place, or seeing a movie or television show and then asking myself, “What if…?”
Do you have just one book you would recommend others to read?
For writers, I always recommend THE PERSIAN BOY by Mary Renault. It’s brilliant writing, and shows how a writer can draw a reader into a world they may be completely unfamiliar with, yet then understand both the world and the characters. It’s hard for me to recommend a particular book to other readers who don’t have a writer focus. I’ve picked up books based on people telling me they loved a particular book, and then found it wasn’t to my taste at all so I’m never sure what to recommend. It is wonderful though we have so many choices and genres to choose from.
Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so, what was it?
There are several books I reread, some for comfort, and some for inspiration. I particularly like to reread PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. It is the perfect escapist read for me.
Did you do a lot of research for GONE BY NIGHTFALL?
Yes, I’m obsessive about research. I studied International Relations in college and would feel really terrible if I got a fact wrong in a book. When it’s historical fiction, your readers expect to learn something.
Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I read all of the above and listen to audiobooks. It depends on the situation. I do read ebooks quite a bit because I have some vision problems so I like to be able to control the font size. A few years ago I had some serious health problems and couldn’t get out and about much, so I loved having a ereader available where I could get books for myself and not have to depend on someone else either going to the library for me and going to a bookstore.
Thank-you Dee, for taking the time to take part in an Interview!