Featured Interview With Bret Kissinger
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. I still live in Wisconsin.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My love of writing originated from movies. I saw Titanic at such an indelible age. In a packed theater, I experienced a room full of strangers laugh together and cry together. I was fascinated with the beautiful blend of fact and fiction, and how they used compelling characters to really bring the event to life. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I started writing in notebooks, and then, on the family computer. I’ve been writing since I was nine years old.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I grew up with Harry Potter, so I owe so much of my love of reading to J. K. Rowling. I remember the excitement of waiting in line on release day, waiting to get my copy of the new Harry Potter book. How I started reading it in the checkout line. I try to read an array of genres. Biographies offer so many potential ideas for future stories. I try to read the popular books, but I pride myself on finding books the mainstream has missed, regardless of their genre.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Winter Tiger & The War Eagle is a historical fiction set during the Second World War. It’s the story of the two people from opposing sides of the war. Reinhardt is a German fighter pilot. Kira is a Soviet sniper. Both find themselves in Paris, and as their attraction to each other increases, they are forced to choose between duty and decency.
We view the Second World War through this lens of good and evil, and that certainly is true. But there were good men on the evil side, and there were evil men on the side of good. I have an extensive knowledge of the war, but it wasn’t until I read a biography of a female Soviet sniper, that the idea for this story came to me. It offered a chance to show a different point of view to the war.
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