This is my first novel. VOGEL was such a pleasure to write; let me tell you how it came about.
I awoke at 3:00 am one morning in August of 2016 aware of three names, Eloise, Henry, and Hans. The names meant nothing to me, but somehow, I knew that I needed to write their stories.
I began with Eloise, recording what I saw and felt as faithfully as I could. I never knew what the next sentence would be, but as Eloise revealed herself to me, she painted an intimate portrait of her life and challenges.
I followed with Henry, who turned out to be a young slave in 1840 Georgia. I cried the whole time I wrote it, and the story is still in process.
As I was writing Henry, however, Hans intruded, urging me to write his story first. The images were so vivid, I finally relented, put Henry aside temporarily, and agreed to write the first scene. The first led to the second, and I was swept along to nearly 116,000 words.
I don’t know where the stories come from, but if you receive half of the joy in reading that I experienced in writing them, the whole enterprise will be mutually rewarding.
My wife, Suzanne, and I live in Rhode Island. Thank you, my darling, for your unwavering support and encouragement. We have five children and seven grandchildren - so far.
by Dave Lincoln
In August 1944, Adolph Hitler appointed General Dietrich von Choltitz Military Governor of Paris and ordered him to destroy the city and all of its cultural treasures before it fell into the hands of the Allies. History records that von Choltitz disobeyed that order, and after the war, he was lauded by most as the city's savior; but not all historians agree. Only Hans Vogel knows the truth.
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