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 Transfer Day 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:
Orphaned and alone, Abigail Maduro is sent to live with her aunt in St. Thomas. Despite the island's tranquil appearance it is a hotbed of spies...and when a mysterious stranger arrives, Abigail is drawn into the conflict.
|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 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 Transfer Day. In the book, the reader will be transported back in time to a tropical Danish sugar
colony 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?
"Transfer Day" is a spy thriller with romance elements, comparable to "Circle of Spies" or "Ring of Secrets" by Roseanna White, or "Spy of Richmond" by Jocelyn Green.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Readers who love the Edwardian period through WWI will love "Transfer Day" because it immerses the reader in that era: the period music, horse carriages, steamship travel, victrolas playing in the background, grand balls....
"Transfer Day" also boasts an
international cast of characters 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
West Indies. You'll be in for an
|The Danish West Indies is a location rarely used in novels, movies, and plays.|