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Heaven, Hell and Hoboken is a story filled with intrigue, ethnic tensions, espionage, romance and war.
Set in 1916 Hoboken, New Jersey, a city known before World War I as ‘Little Bremen,’ Martin Taupmann and Kurt Schneider epitomize all that is good about its residents: honesty, integrity, intelligence, courage. Yet with the onset of the war, they make choices that irrevocably change their lives forever. At the same time the demographics and power structure of Hoboken is transformed. The Germans of Hoboken are the most severely impacted and lose their dominance in education, business and employment.
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“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” – Leo Tolstoy
I was so challenged by my new manuscript. To wrangle with three storylines in the hope of weaving them all together into a climax and then an ending was arduous. I had to take a break from it and somehow God, the Universe, sent me the messenger I needed to move forward.
In August Rosemarie Ruppino, a friend and phenomenal editor, was able to articulate the problem. Once I had this information, I knew I could negotiate the maze of issues that needed resolution. A word here, a sentence there and reworking paragraphs throughout the entire book was all it took. It became a question of patience and time and belief in myself. This is no small task. Creative people are often plagued with doubt.
“Is it working? Does the reader understand? Are the motivations clear? Are the movements logical? Should this paragraph go here or there?
January 2014 was a very snowy month. I was homebound and it provided with the time to develop the climax and end my story. Don’t know why the fog that had enveloped me for so long. I finished my new book, Heaven, Hell and Hoboken.
I’ve had a few readers review it and their opinions were superlative. I felt this work was my best and their reviews confirmed what I had been hoping. Below is a bried summary (which I’ll probably redo 20 times.)
Heaven, Hell and Hoboken World War I Hoboken is a time of great upheaval. The Germans of Hoboken are losing their business, being evicting from their homes; others are rounded up as spies. At the same time, Italian and Irish immigrants are vying for employment vacancies on the docks, storefronts, businss created by the anti-German sentiment running rampant. Concurrently, the ILA is trying to gain a stronghold on the Hoboken docks. Heaven, Hell and Hoboken tells a personal story of a family whose every member is touched by the many changes occuring with the onset of WWI.
Now I face a new battle, the process of seeking representation. I guess I need to follow Tolstoy’s advice again. Patience and time.