You know we’re big historical fiction fans here, right? Kimber here. Mom and I, we love the creativity of a novel balanced with actual people, places, and events. We eat that stuff up like gourmet dog chow! So when we were asked to review a historical novel about Nazi looting of priceless art items from Jewish owners during World War II, we ate it up!
We reached out to Monique and asked her to do a guest post, telling us a little more about herself and her book. Why historical fiction. Stuff like that. Monique agreed. Here’s her post. Take it away, Monique!
Why historical fiction?
Historical fiction transports readers to another time and place, either real or imagined. It allows us to better understand the past and go beyond our current compass. Writing historical fiction requires a balance of research and creativity, and while it often includes real people and events, the genre offers a fiction writer many opportunities to tell a unique story.
Monique loves historical fiction because it is history with an intriguing twist. Learning about the past is captivating, as well as it provides a great backdrop for a story. Historical fiction lets you escape to another time and place; and Monique likes to explore the past so that we can potentially better understand the future.
Where did the book idea come from?
After Monique saw the movie “The Monuments Men”, she was intrigued by the subject of looted art. Approximately 20 percent of the art in Europe was looted by the Nazis, and today, more than 100,000 items have not been returned to their rightful owners. So, this all made her wonder – where is all that art?
After some research, Monique discovered a Vincent van Gogh painting, “The Lovers: The Poet’s Garden IV”, which was declared degenerate by the Nazis and confiscated in 1937. Its location is unknown. This painting is central to the story in her novel, A Savage Kultur.
The message portrayed in the book is we must learn from the past and absorb the lessons of the past. Hopefully, those who read her book recognize the universal dilemmas of justice that societies faced after WWII and how society recovers.
About Monique Roy
Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is the author of a middle-grade book Once Upon a Time in Venice, historical fiction novel Across Great Divides, and historical fiction novel A Savage Kultur.
Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides, her first historical novel.
Monique resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and son. She also works as a freelance writer.
Visit Monique Online at:
Website: Monique Roy
Amazon – A Savage Kultur