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Under the Same Blue Sky blurbs

I’m happy to share our first blurbs from advance copies of my coming-in-May third novel, Under the Same Blue Sky. “From the smoke-filled streets of Pittsburgh to the war-ravaged landscape of Europe, Under the Same Blue Sky is the story

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“We struck oil!” he gushed.

Preparing for a workshop on dialogue writing (2/28 in Knoxville), I’ve taken a wild detour into Tom Swifties, the fabulously inventive construction used by Dickens and perfected in the Tom Swift book series (1910 and onward) in which dialogue tags

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PTSD in Mesopotamia

My research for Under the Same Blue Sky on shell shock (PTSD) in World War I uncovered constant references to generals and politicians being themselves shocked, shocked by the number of afflicted soldiers. Really? You send men into battle, enduring

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Pigeon saves 194 men

Once I dove into World War I history, I found  too many stories for one novel. Here’s an amazing one: Cher Ami, a homing pigeon who saved 194 desperate  American soldiers in the Battle of Argonne, in October, 1918. The

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Cartooning World War I

Cartooning the horrors and political complexities of World War 1 produced some lovely illustrations.        

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Sunday, May 6, 2pm reading from latest work at Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN.

Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm presentation on research on the historical novel, Blount County Library, Maryville, TN.

When We Were Strangers, Italian translation, to be presented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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