A.K. Stauber

Biography

I live in rural Minnesota with my husband, four kids and our many pets. I have wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, and I believe my love of reading helped me to build strong writing skills. My earliest favorite authors were V.C. Andrews (the original), Dean Koontz, Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. Today I enjoy reading teen fiction like the Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner series; suspense/thriller, some sci-fi, WWII, or stories about the complexity of relationships(ie; Kristin Hannah).

I had worked on my story"Remembrance" since 2009, although it was a story I had wanted to tell long before that. Ever since I read "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl" I have become obsessed with the holocaust and have read every piece of information I could get my hands on, whether memoir, fiction and non-fiction- same holds true for movies. I have been studying this subject for over twenty years. There will be a sequel to "Remembrance" called "Perdition".

Review Rating: 5 stars!
Reviewed By Patricia Day for Readers’ Favorite

Remembrance: A Time for War by A.K. Stauber is a compelling story of the life and survival of Anna Krasynyk, a young Polish girl caught up in the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi extermination methods used against Jews. None of us know how we would react under horrific situations, and Anna is haunted by the fact that she had not managed to protect and save her five-year-old brother when the German SS arrived in their little community of Ludzow, Poland. She felt responsible for the outcome, which resulted in the brutal murder of all those she held dear. To me, she is nothing short of a heroine. Despite the appalling family losses which took her parents and siblings, she manages to dodge the German SS, as well as the traitors that some of her countrymen became.

The story will capture your attention and you might even find it impossible to put the book aside. I could not. Her pain is described with such skill that you will feel involved in her immense struggle. Her lucky escape will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her fight to survive takes her from orphan, to adult, to love. She is the reason two men compete for her love, despite the acutely dangerous and uncertain times in which they live. Which one she chooses, if any, is a part of the story that will remain undisclosed by me. Suffice to say she reaches adulthood with a clearer vision of what she needs to do for her future.

A.K. Stauber’s writing is beautiful. The story draws you in immediately and refuses to let you go. By the end of the book I felt I had been running alongside Anna. Wonderfully told and obviously well researched, it is a story of unforgettable bravery. I absolutely loved this book, despite its sad content.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. Although I had read stories before, the first one I remember that had a real impact on me was "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews. This was the first time I made such a strong emotional connection with the characters. The way she wrote, it was like I was the character and I felt what they felt. It was Andrews early work that inspired me to be a writer since I was twelve. I aspire to write in a way in which readers can feel a connection to the characters and care about what happens to them like they are family.
Who are your favorite authors and why?
As a kid I enjoyed many of Judy Blume's books because the characters and situations were relateable. Then I discovered V.C. Andrews "Flowers in the Attic" series and became a fan. I couldn't wait for her next book to come out. As soon as it did I went straight to the bookstore to buy it. I prefer the early books that Andrews actually wrote herself, rather than the ghostwriter, because she writes in a way that makes me care about the characters.

Kristen Hannah is another favorite. I think she does a beautiful job writing about complex relationship issues in a way that is not boring, but like Andrews makes you care about the characters. Besides drama, I like suspense thrillers. I enjoy the mystery and books where I can't wait to see what happens next. Some of my favorite writers in this genre are Dean Koontz ("Intensity" and "Lightning" are my favorites of his); Tami Hoag ( I particularly like the ones with the characters Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac because of the humor element and the way these characters interact with each other); Gillian Flynn- her books have the mystery and suspense, with lots of twists and turns and her characters are so interesting. I especially like "Dark Places" because besides all the elements I just mentioned, I felt so close to the main character and her family.

Post-apocolyptic novels (Justin Crohnen) and teen fantasy series are among my new favorites. Teen books today are not like they were when I was a kid. Today I think they are better written and more imaginative, such as the Hunger Games and Divergent series.
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Books

Remembrance Part One: A Time For War
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,170. Language: American English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
(4.50)
A brutally honest holocaust story as seen through the eyes of a Jewish teenage girl in occupied Poland. Anna witnesses the murder of her family,but still finds the strength to survive, scrounging out a life with Jewish Partisans in the forests. Here Anna experiences her first love, and amazingly finds beauty among the ravages of war, despite her wavering faith.

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