Want to Write WWII historical fiction?
World War II Theaters of Operation
- European Theater of Operation
- Mediterranean Theater of Operations
- Pacific Theater of Operations
- China Burma India Theater
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Write About What Interests You
Write WWII historical fiction by focusing on the theater of the war that interests you. What city or country in the theater areas have you found of interest? Research it. Read all you can about it. The more research you do, the better your book will be. For example, When Paris Went Dark, by Ronald Rosbottom, is about the Nazi occupation of Paris from 1940 to 1944. The book is well researched and written so effectively that as a reader, you feel a sense of what the Parisians suffered from the German occupation.
Research and Get to Know Your Characters
List of Helpful Books to Read
World War II Fiction
- The Blue Bicycle by Regine Deforges
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley
World War II Non-Fiction
- When Paris Went Dark by Ronald C. Rosbottom
- Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba
- The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar J. Mazzeo
- Americans in Paris by Charles Glass
The French Connection Series by Elizabeth Pye
The settings from The French Connection novels, Silk or Sugar and Return to Chateau Fleury, are both based on The French Revolution and Paris history and the third book in the series is on World War II. Therefore, reading books about Paris during the eighteenth century and World War II provided valuable information especially in creating the setting and sense of place for the novels.
Enjoy Your Writing Journey
Enjoy your writing journey into the world of historical fiction. You will experience times of intense writing, relaxation and new inspiration, reading and more reading for research, and joy of accomplishment as your novel progresses. Eventually, the day of the publication will arrive, and you’ll be able to share with others how you write WWII historical fiction. Finally, you’ll reach your goal – and then, you’ll begin the journey for the next novel.