I’m nearing completion of my second novel, Naples 1943: Besieged, a historical thriller showing my interpretation of the legendary rebellion of the citizens of Naples against their Nazi occupiers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_days_of_Naples. Book 2 of this three-part series will be completed by the end of 2015. Book 3 will be available in 2016.
I first learned about the “Four Days of Naples” in a December 2013 New York Times article about Naples. After researching that event I decided I would write a story that celebrated the indomitable people of that time, as well as the spirit of my beloved Neapolitan grandmother, a colorful figure and big influence in my life, growing up. My grandparents had moved to the States before the war and thankfully had not had to suffer through that terrible time.
Imagine a small group of scrappy men, women and children, going up against the German army, and winning! And it really happened. The events of that time are well known outside of America, but little known here. It’s about time Americans were inspired by the heroism of the Neapolitans.
Naples 1943: Besieged is coming this summer. Stay tuned….