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Yesterday we took time to remember the attack at Pearl Harbor and our country’s entry into World War II. I am happy to have Terri Wangard visiting today to share about her newest story, Typhoon Prompting, which is part of The Hope of Christmas. War puts a different perspective on the holidays, and even today military families approach the holidays differently. Before we visit with Terri, let’s take a quick look at the story.
A destroyer escort is among the smallest of warships, but the USS Tabberer has the heart of a giant. A typhoon threatens the US Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, days before Christmas. The men of the Tabberer stand tall as they rush to the aid of their fellow sailors. For Seaman Jerry Collier, the typhoon prompts a greater awareness of what he wants in life. First, though, they have to survive.
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Welcome back, Terri! What inspired you to write Typhoon Prompting?
When I wrote Wheresoever They May Be, I learned about Typhoon Cobra and the amazing accomplishments of the USS Tabberer. I couldn’t use the Tabberer in my book because it had no bearing on my character, Frank Swanson. When I was asked about doing a novelette for The Hope of Christmas, I knew it would be perfect for showcasing the Tabberer.
Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
Since it’s based on true events, the setting had to be the south Pacific. I have been on a New Zealand/Australia cruise, and experienced rough weather, but nothing like a typhoon. (Thank goodness!) We had to slow down crossing the Tasman Sea, which caused us to miss the port of Hobart, Tasmania.
A typhoon would definitely put a damper on a cruise! Other than the storm, do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
During my research, I discovered that milkweed pods were used for lifevests. I had played with those as a child—peeling them open and releasing the floss, getting the milky sap all over my hands. I never realized they had such a noble purpose as saving lives. Of course, that went into my story.
How interesting! I didn’t know that, either. If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
Only if this was a temporary visit! I would love to experience the country coming together to win the war. I would like to go to the neighborhood grocer and have to use ration coupons. I would count the blue stars (someone in the service), or gold stars (someone died in the service), in the neighbors’ windows. I would experience life without television; relying instead on radio, movie news reels, newspapers, and posters.
I imagine it would be quite an experience, with advantages and disadvantages in the differences between the two. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’ve stepped further back in time, and am working on a story about the Lusitania sinking.
How fun! Thanks for taking time to visit with us today, Terri!
Your turn! Would you want to experience life during WWII, with ration coupons and stars in the windows, and the unity of fighting for a common good?
More about Terri:
Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
The Hope of Christmas Giveaway:
Terri has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of The Hope of Christmas. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.