Best selling author, Kristin Hannah recently published her 21st book “The Nightingale”, a novel set in France during World War II and tells of the women’s war. We learned about two heroic sisters, Isabelle and Vianne and the obstacles they faced after their mother passed away in their youth and their father abandoned them.
The novel is the 12th best selling book of 2015, has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for over six months and is beloved many across the globe. TriStar Pictures has optioned the film rights, and we will see “The Nightingale” on the big screen some time in the future!
Earlier this week, brilliant author, Kristin Hannah joined me for an amazing interview to discuss her best selling book, “The Nightingale”. She dished one what inspired her to write it, what she hopes readers will take away from the book, how she gained the courage to leave her job as a lawyer to become a writer, why “The Nightingale” is her favorite book she’s written, her thoughts on the book being adapted to the big screen and much more.
Candace Rose: “The Nightingale” is the 12th best selling book of 2015, and has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for over six months. Can you tell us about the book and what inspired you to write it?
Kristin Hannah: “I was inspired to write it because several years ago I was researching another book, and I came across a book about a young 19 year old Belgian woman who actually joined the French Resistance and created one of the escape roots for the airmen to get them out of France while the Germans were occupying it. I was so amazed and astounded by this story, and I didn’t understand why I didn’t know more about it because I do a lot of World War II reading.
I just found myself fascinated by the women of the French Resistance and kept reading more and more. This led me to the women who hid Jewish children and Jewish families in their home and helped get Jewish people out of France. I was so amazed by all of these stories and the bravery and the heroism and the dangers, and I just felt like these stories needed to be told. I was inspired and sat down and began “The Nightingale”.
Candace Rose: As you mentioned, the story “The Nightingale” is set in France during World War II, and tells of the women’s war. What do you hope readers will take away from the book?
Kristin Hannah: “I really believe that throughout history women’s roles aren’t examined and explored and remembered often enough. What I really hope is that we will begin to remember and value what the women were doing on the home front during the war, and the sacrifices they made and the courage they showed and the people that they saved.”
Candace Rose: I watched the YouTube video you posted on your website’s homepage, and you mentioned that of all the novels that you’ve written, “The Nightingale” is your personal favorite. Why is that and what was your experience like writing it?
Kristin Hannah: “It is my favorite novel, having written 21. I think it’s just that it’s a beautiful portrait of two women against this dark and terrifying backdrop that sort of ultimately reaffirms the power of love and the resiliency of human beings to care for each other and to rise to challenges when they’re presented. It’s kind of the big epic book that I love most to read, which is why I think it’s my favorite.”
Candace Rose: You left your job as a lawyer to become a best selling author whose novels are beloved by many around the world! Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? What inspired you to make the transition?
Kristin Hannah: “No, I did not know that I was going to ultimately write all of these books and have a great career at it. I did it like you do anything in life, I chose the best course for me at the moment. I was a young mother with a newborn son, and I really wanted to be at home with him, so I was looking for something to do while I was at home. I started writing, and it was a long, long time before I was best selling. It was a long time before I sold at all, and so I was really able to hone my craft and work on it. I found that I had a real affinity and passion for telling stories.”
Candace Rose: What are your thoughts on “The Nightingale” being adapted to the big screen. Congratulations!
Kristin Hannah: “Well, it’s really exciting! I’m a huge movie fan so I’m very excited. Again, it’s my favorite kind of movie to see also. That’s a whole different team of people and I don’t really know how it’s going. I just know that it’s moving forward and I have my fingers crossed, and I would be the first one to buy a ticket if it showed up.”
Candace Rose: Thank you so much, Kristin for the great interview! Where can readers go for more information and to purchase your wonderful book “The Nightingale”?
Kristin Hannah: “Thank you so much! You can go to KristinHannah.com or I have a Facebook page that I’m very active on, and both places will give you all the information you need and links to buy the book if you’d like to. You can also get it at most of your local retailers and the online booksellers as well.”