Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meet the Author: D.E. Haggerty, author of 'Searching for Gertrude' @dehaggerty

Dena (aka D.E.) grew-up reading everything she could get her grubby hands on from her mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When she wasn't flipping pages in a library book, she was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories, which she is very thankful have been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along and robbed her of any free time to write or read, although on the odd occasion she did manage to sneak a book into her rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, she went back to school and got her law degree. She jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into her legal career, she was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. She quit her job and sat down to write a manuscript, which she promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t her thing, so she quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t her thing either. She polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where she decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from her adopted home. She packed up again and moved back to the Netherlands (The Hague to be exact) where she's currently working on her next book. She hopes she'll always be working on another book.

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Author: D.E. Haggerty
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 250
Genre: Historical Romance


While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices, but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position as a consulate worker in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.  

How far would you go to find the woman you love?

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Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

From a young age, I was always writing something. I wrote my first novel while traveling on a yellow school bus to school in 6th grade. Over the years, the passion for writing has ebbed and flowed depending on what else was going on with my life. When I realized I wasn’t going to find a career I loved, I finally decided to give writing a go as a career instead of a hobby. I’m still here.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Yes. *Blushes* This has been a huge issue for me this past year. I took on way too many commitments, and they all got in the way of my writing. I was not a fun person to be around. Fingers crossed, I can get myself sorted in 2018.

What hours do you write best?

Call me crazy, but I love to write in the early morning when it’s still dark out. I even have a string of Christmas lights around the fireplace I plug in all year round for ambiance. For some reason sitting behind my computer while the rest of the world sleeps gets my creative juices flowing.

How often do you write?

As often as I can manage. Writing every single day doesn’t work with my crazy schedule, but when I’m working on a new novel, I try to write at least four times a week. Try being the operative word here.

Are you an avid reader?

Replace avid with obsessed and you’ll get close to my level of reader. I read a few hours most days. On days I can’t read, I’m very, very grumpy.

What are you reading now?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie. Unless it’s a guilty read, I read several books at a time. I gobble up guilty reads and can’t stop until the last page is read. Bedtime is never a barrier when it comes to guilty reads.  Other editions
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What are you currently working on?

I’m starting a new mystery series. The heroine is a 40-something whose husband left her. She discovers a mysterious object while cleaning out the house and decides to investigate. Hopefully, laughter will ensue at this point.

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