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RESIST Blog Tour | Day 6

Interview - The Girl from 1942

My favorite historical era is the 1940s. This seems strange to say considering WWII took up half of the decade. What I love is that the world really came together to defeat evil. I admire the patriotism that was deeply felt in America during those years. It’s something we no longer have as a country. Resistance during WWII is my favorite topic to study because of the courage and honor the groups had, even though they were small in number against a huge foe. They weren’t going to go down without a fight. Real life heroes are my favorite. - READ MORE HERE

Bringing RESIST to Audio - Sharing the Journey

Back in December, I listed my novel on ACX.com, an Amazon platform that connects authors with narrators. From there you can either ask a narrator to audition, or wait until they come to you. I sought out a narrators who would best fit my book by narrowing down the search: accent, age, tone of voice, etc. -READ MORE HERE






Interview - Lakeside Publications
If you believe God has given you the gift of words, then you need to use that gift. Don’t hide it. Don’t give up.  -READ MORE HERE

Interview - Patron Saint of Books

I’m more reserved and introverted, like Sophie. I’m also similar to Hans, though. I can be a bit impulsive and jump into projects with lots of gusto like him. I can relate to both of them in different ways. - READ MORE HERE


Historical Guest Post - A Writer's Endless Journey

Travel - Since I couldn’t travel to Germany and do on-site research, I watched YouTube to take virtual research trips around Munich. I’m thankful for people who record their travels! I also looked up pictures of historical sites in Resist such as The Palace of Justice to know how to describe it in my book.


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-Emily

RESIST Blog Tour | Day 5

I'm showing up on three blogs to talk about historical research today! Grab a mug of coffee and do some blog hopping!




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RESIST Blog Tour | Day 4

Today I'm guest posting on Misty Corners about how reenacting has helped me write historical fiction.

 In other news, my nephews have different opinions of Resist. One thinks it's interesting, the other think their should be pictures on every page. Well, I can't please everyone!


Also, hop on over to Curious Wren and read her review of Resist!

The story of Hans and Sophie Scholl demands attention because they were real. They were just two ordinary young people who loved and laughed and studied and wolfed down food at scandalous hours and managed on far too little sleep and got depressed and made mistakes and liked cake. But they were willing to put their lives on the line for what they believed was right, and they persevered even when they were terrified.

They were true heroes and I couldn’t be more thankful that history has remembered them.




And, as always, don't forget to enter the giveaway!




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-Emily

Interview with the Narrator of RESIST | Day 3


Today I'm excited to share an interview with Jonathan Waters, narrator of the Resist audiobook which is now available for purchase! If you're wondering about the process of making an audiobook or curious about voice actors, pull up a chair!

Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm an actor first and foremost. I've been classically taught at Boise State University (the one with the blue football field). I was born in Boise and love it here, but I'll soon be going to L.A. to pursue acting in all its forms. I've been working through ACX (Amazon Creation Exchange) for about four and a half years now where I've done over 35 audiobooks. Most of them are pretty well reviewed which gives me hope for the future. At this moment I'm directing a feature film, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." It's one of the few independent films to come out of Idaho. It's exciting and extremely stressful.
What was the inspiration behind becoming a voice actor?
I've always wanted to be an actor. Character voices and accents come pretty easily to me. I wanted to be an actor since Kindergarten. In my younger years, and still now, Jim Carrey was very much a source of inspiration to imitate with all of his explosive energy. I watched cartoons as a kid and Batman: The Animated Series was always the highlight of the night. At one point I realized, "Oh ... there's actual people who do these voices." Real people like Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Steve Blum, Tara Strong, who get paid to do these things for kids who will grow up and go, "Wasn't that awesome?!" I wanted to be among them. Like any actor, putting your name up in lights is the ideal setting, being rich and famous. So, that's always the aim and the goal.
Can you tell us a little bit about the process of narration? What does your recording setup look like (what kind of mic, audio software, etc.) and where is it located?

I have a very meager set up but it's pretty a-okay for the quality of sound I get. I use a C-1u mic and Skull Candy headphones. I have a small desk stand and a pop screen. I use my Mac laptop but would love to get a better one and dual screen it. To kill some of the sound I use old memory foam, egg crate - stuff that I stole from my parents. I do this all from my apartment's walk in closet so the clothing also deadens the sound. The picture I provided is pretty much my set up. Yes, you see a small Cheetos bag and, yes, Oberon Martell is on the shelf above me.
What was your favorite part of Resist to narrate?
I really enjoyed the leaflet chapters. I liked the lecture quality and the idea that this group was really opening people's eyes. They were waking people up to see what the Nazis were doing, despite the fear of getting caught. The work it took to get the leaflets out to people was a task. Now you just type something up and it can be anywhere in an hour. Even less.

What was the hardest scene to narrate?

Definitely one of the last ones. Mostly because I got the gut wrenching idea of having people go before you to their execution in my head. The idea of seeing their blood before you was, for me, really shocking and put myself looking inward. What do you do? What can you do? In some ways you'd never see it, never really visualize it except in your head which is potentially better than seeing your sister getting guillotined. On the other end, for me at least, I wonder how quickly it would be and where the bodies would be taken. What these evil men would do after you're gone? Is your head going on a spike? Are they laughing, joking, mocking you? The want and need to be respected was real for this group. But I don't know how you wouldn't scream at that ... scream knowing the blood is your sister's and "brother's." Knowing also that you had damned so many weighed on me as I read.

Any other projects you’re working on now?
I'm directing the feature film, Twelfth Night. I'm also doing a re-reading of The Silver Serpent, one of the first books I did through ACX, and potentially a prelude to the Wolf Creek Saga next month. I keep fairly busy.
What’s the best piece of acting advice you’ve received?
Acting is reacting is a little cliche but it's a great piece of advice that many actors may not have. Acting is tough. It should make you uncomfortable and afraid. I've said to people, "Think of the worst time in your life. The lowest you've ever been. Get there emotionally. Physically. Now do it differently. Again. Again. Again. Again. This time go bigger." There's certainly some variation with this, but the idea of taking a bad time and having to relive that moment before a crowd and be judged accordingly is daunting to say the least.
Acting, like anything that people become good at, needs a full immersion of self and soul. Actors, true actors, are constantly working because life is everywhere ... stories are everywhere. The question is, how do you bring them to life? How do you live in them? How can you bring that to someone else to tell them a story and, God willing, change them? Actors and any other artists, much like priests, are dealers with the soul.


If you have any questions for Jonathan, you can contact him through ACX or email him at jonwaters@u.boisestate.edu.



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When you purchase the audiobook of Resist, you get 5 entries in the $50 Amazon gift card giveaway!


Here's the line-up for today:

Book Review of Resist- Lakeside Publications
Book Spotlight - The Okie Wildflower 


-Emily

RESIST Blog Tour | Day 2

It's day two of the Resist blog tour! Today I'm sharing 5 Tips for Writing on the Go on Curious Wren. As a writer who travels a lot (as a matter of fact, I'm visiting my older sister and her fam right now) I've learned how to get work done on the go. 




Also, there are some new advance reviews rolling in, one of which by a favorite historical author of mine, Kathryn Atwood! I was so excited to read her review!


A non-fiction writer can bring you quite close to a historical time period. But a good historical fiction writer can bring you all the way into the room. Emily Ann Putzke has done that with Resist. While reading Putzke’s vivid , accurate descriptions, I became closer to the Scholl’s story than I ever thought possible and found myself rooting all over again for these idealistic young Germans who thought they could topple the Nazi regime with their words.

I don’t normally read much historical fiction but because Putzke is an excellent writer and has also done her homework, one never gets the sense that she is trying to draw attention to her own writing, excellent though it is. Instead, she keeps all the attention on the Scholls and their friends.

I definitely recommend this marvelous book!




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My publicity team (AKA my fine collection of nieces and nephews) are helping me out this week.





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-Emily

RESIST is Now Available!

73 years ago, a young group of German students, Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, and their professor, Kurt Huber, were murdered by the Nazis for speaking out against the horrible crimes their country was committing. They published leaflets entitled The White Rose to enlighten the German people and to call for resistance. Their story is one of faith in God, courage in the face of death, and hope that their homeland and the people residing in it would be pure and undefiled, like a white rose. 73 years later, people are still inspired and stirred to action by their integrity and courage. 




On this day in 1943, three of The White Rose resistance group leaders were put to death by guillotine. Hans Scholl was 24, Christoph Probst 23, and Sophie Scholl only 21. Sophie was only one year older than me when she sacrificed her life for this righteous and noble cause.



I was so moved by their conviction and bravery that last year I began writing Resist, a historical fiction told from Hans Scholls' point of view. One year later, through trials and tribulations, it's now available for purchase. I want everyone to know about these brave souls and to be inspired by their story as I have been.  


And so, dear readers, Resist is ready for you.



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By purchasing a copy of Resist, you earn extra entries in my giveaway. What's the giveaway item, you ask? A $50 Amazon gift card! Everyone can use one of those. Sadly, the audiobook of Resist won't be available until later this week, but fear not! The giveaway is open until March 15th, so you have plenty of time to get a copy and enter.




To further celebrate the release, I'm going on a virtual book tour. I have a great team of bloggers hosting me throughout the week, so be sure to follow along! Here's the line up for today. I'll update the links as they're posted:


Monday:

Book Trailer - However Improbable
Book Spotlight - Sharing the Journey



I'm excited to see what God will do with this book, and I'm so thankful to Him for giving me the gift of writing to encourage and inspire others. May I always use it to bring Him Glory.

Es lebe die Freiheit!

-Emily

One Day More!

"One more dawn. One more day. One day more!"


My book has nothing to do with the French Revolution but a day rarely goes by when I'm not making a musical reference. Anyway, pick up your own copy of Resist on Amazon tomorrow!




I shall return in the morning with book release excitement, giveaway info, and a blog tour schedule. See you then!



-Emily


February 18th, 1943

Seventy-three years ago today (which was a Thursday as well) Hans and Sophie Scholl distributed The White Rose leaflets at Munich University. These leaflets called out to the German people, begging them to not allow their consciences to become dormant but to resist their tyrannical leader and corrupt government.  They were caught and arrested by the Gestapo, along with Christoph Probst.


 Fellow Fighters in the Resistance! Shaken and broken, our people behold the loss of the men of Stalingrad. Three hundred and thirty thousand German men have been senselessly and irresponsibly driven to death and destruction by the inspired strategy of our World War I Private First Class. Fuhrer, we thank you!  



 The German people are in ferment. Will we continue to entrust the fate of our armies to a dilettante? Do we want to sacrifice the rest of German youth to the base ambitions of a Party clique? No, never! The day of reckoning has come - the reckoning of German youth with the most abominable tyrant our people have ever been forced to endure. In the name of German youth we demand restitution by Adolf Hitler's state of our personal freedom, the most precious treasure we have, out of which he has swindled us in the most miserable way.  



We grew up in a state in which all free expression of opinion is unscrupulously suppressed. The Hitler Youth, the SA, the SS have tried to drug us, to revolutionize us, to regiment us in the most promising young years of our lives. "Philosophical training" is the name given to the despicable method by which our budding intellectual development is muffled in a fog of empty phrases. A system of selection of leaders at once unimaginably devilish and narrow-minded trains up its future party bigwigs in the "Castles of the Knightly Order" to become Godless, impudent, and conscienceless exploiters and executioners - blind, stupid hangers-on of the Fuhrer. We "Intellectual Workers" are the ones who should put obstacles in the path of this caste of overlords.


Soldiers at the front are regimented like schoolboys by student leaders and trainees for the post of Gauleiter, and the lewd jokes of the Gauleiters insult the honor of the women students. German women students at the university in Munich have given a dignified reply to the besmirching of their honor, and German students have defended the women in the universities and have stood firm....  That is a beginning of the struggle for our free self-determination - without which intellectual and spiritual values cannot be created. We thank the brave comrades, both men and women, who have set us brilliant examples.  


 For us there is but one slogan: fight against the party! Get out of the party organization, which are used to keep our mouths sealed and hold us in political bondage! Get out of the lecture rooms of the SS corporals and sergeants and the party bootlickers! We want genuine learning and real freedom of opinion. No threat can terrorize us, not even the shutting down of the institutions of higher learning. This is the struggle of each and every one of us for our future, our freedom, and our honor under a regime conscious of its moral responsibility.  



 Freedom and honor! For ten long years Hitler and his coadjutor have manhandled, squeezed, twisted, and debased these two splendid German words to the point of nausea, as only dilettantes can, casting the highest values of a nation before swine. They have sufficiently demonstrated in the ten years of destruction of all material and intellectual freedom, of all moral substance among the German people, what they understand by freedom and honor. The frightful bloodbath has opened the eyes of even the stupidest German - it is a slaughter which they arranged in the name of "freedom and honor of the German nation" throughout Europe, and which they daily start anew.



 The name of Germany is dishonored for all time if German youth does not finally rise, take revenge, and atone, smash its tormentors, and set up a new Europe of the spirit. Students! The German people look to us. As in 1813 the people expected us to shake off the Napoleonic yoke, so in 1943 they look to us to break the National Socialist terror through the power of the spirit. Beresina and Stalingrad are burning in the East. The dead of Stalingrad implore us to take action.  "Up, up, my people, let smoke and flame be our sign!"  



 Our people stand ready to rebel against the Nationals Socialist enslavement of Europe in a fervent new breakthrough of freedom and honor.



These brave souls inspire me. I can't wait to share their story with the world this Monday, February 22nd, 2016.



-Emily