In the darkest days of World War II, when France found itself at the mercy of a brutal dictator, the frontlines of resistance may just have been in the grasp of a few good women. How Angels Die, the epic work of historical fiction by author David-Michael Harding, delivers a highly inventive and uncommon take on the French Resistance that is certain to appeal to anyone who relishes a blood-pumping drama, which also sheds searing new light on the astounding bravery, profound passion, and razor-sharp cunning of the fairer sex during the most trying times.
In four fateful days, two remarkable sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, battle the German occupation of their coastal French town in the early days of June 1944. While their mission is the same, their methods of upending the occupation are irreconcilably at odds. The strikingly beautiful Monique puts her body and wit to work for the Resistance by dating and sleeping with German officers; her younger sister Claire elects instead to serve as an active combat guerilla fighter for the cause.
Brimming with high drama that is punctuated by family humor, How Angels Die lifts the veil on a lesser-known side of the French Resistance. Through the prism of two intrepid women, the novel illuminates how these women employ their formidable assets and fierce love of country to face down a vicious enemy. With page-turning action, unstoppable passion, and historical accuracy, this heart-racing novel is a must-read for sisters, history buffs, and action enthusiasts alike.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
With a Historical Fiction piece, I research, research & research the period or event, then drop those wonderful characters into the scene and step back. I merely eavesdrop and write their dialogue with one another and their decisions and reaction to the inevitable conflicts that arise.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write write write. Even if it is not good or accurate or lacks continuity. To write is to exercise. The 1st time you were in the gym, you didn’t lift a lot of weight or run a marathon – you had get in shape. Any writing is exercising to get in shape for that new story that is about to come to you.
David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose work has appeared in national publications and has been recognized by the international writing community for his piece, The Cats of Savone. Harding’s previous historical fiction work includes Forever Beneath the Celtic Sea, detailing the perspective of the German submarine crew and the sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania. He is a former collegiate writing instructor and semi-professional football player. His experiences provide readers crushing fast-paced action. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the proud parent of two grown daughters. This firsthand knowledge of the female psyche inspired the creation of sister protagonists in How Angels Die.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
History. It is so much more than a few lines of paragraphs in a 10th grade History lesson. I enjoy the research and the creation of passionate, captivating character my readers can relate to. Contemporary work, or even the historical seed of a story, are often the result of dreams.