In honor of Spy Island's virtual book tour, I decided to give a little more information about the story behind the story. So without further ado, I present:
Where did the idea of the book come from?
blends real life events with
fictional elements. It started out from an inspirational idea that I could
weave an adventure story around the fact that the Spy Island U.S. acquired the Danish West
Indies in 1917. A little-known fact was that the
had a well-entrenched German spy ring operating out in the open. Using this
detail, I wove a narrative about an island girl who rescues a German U-boat
deserter who is later blackmailed by the leader of this spy ring into
committing sabotage and murder. The result is an old-fashioned spy thriller
with an exotic island of St. Thomas Caribbean setting.
|Charlotte Amalie: the site of an important WWI German Ettapendienst base.|
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Abigail Maduro: Odeya Rush
Erich Seibold: Daniel
Nana Jane: Alfre
Cooky Betty: Octavia
Judge Henrik Neergaard: Bernard Hill
Herr Dreyer/Langsdorff: Christoph
Jens Jørgensen: Max von
|Odeya Rush: Does she make the perfect Abby?|
|Alfre Woodard is an extraordinary actress and would make a splendid Nana Jane.|
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your novel:
During WWI on the
, a beautiful
Sephardic Jewish girl helps a German war deserter and becomes embroiled in a
German spy's plot to take over the Danish West Indies. island
of St. Thomas
|German actor Daniel Bruhl: would he play a convincing Erich?|
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Ever since I was a child growing up in
Charlotte Amalie, I longed to know what life
was like back during Danish times. When I grew up, I turned my obsession into a
full-time job when I began researching and writing Spy
Island, (which is called
"Transfer Day" in the Virgin Islands).
In the book, the reader will be transported back in time to a tropical Danish sugar
colony in the West Indies at the height of the Great War when German spies
operated throughout the Caribbean and Latin America
under the noses of the authorities.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
" is historical fiction with
espionage and romance elements, comparable to "Circle of Spies" or
"Ring of Secrets" by Roseanna White, or "Spy of Richmond"
by Jocelyn Green. Spy Island
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Readers who love the Edwardian period through WWI will love "
because it immerses the reader in that era. The period dancing and music, horse
carriages, steamship travel, victrolas playing in the background… Spy Island
" also boasts an
international cast of quirky characters that range from a witty Irish sailor to
Old World Danish characters, German spy characters, colorful West Indian
characters and a spirited heroine who will capture your heart. So pour yourself
a rum & coke, add a twist of lime, and let yourself be transported back to
the old Spy Island West Indies. You'll be in for an
|The Danish West Indies is a location rarely used in novels, movies, and plays.|