Rose Under Fire

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Rose Under Fire has been chosen as Central Pennsylvania's One Book, One Community read across a 6-county area including over 80 libraries. I'm incredibly excited and honored that my book's been chosen, and I'll be speaking at a couple of local events in connection with the program. Join me...Read more

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association have asked me to speak about Rose Under Fire and the real events behind the story to school groups at Edinburgh Academy. The event will take place on 27 January 2015, which marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of...Read more

To celebrate the US & Canada paperback releases of Rose Under Fire, Shae over at Shae Has Left the Room is hosting a character interview with Lisette Romilly. We've also got four copies of Rose to give away. The giveaway ends 9 October 2014. Come check it out!...Read more


Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she...Read more

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I recently had a request from a student writing a "newspaper" article on Ravensbrück who wanted to know specifics on timing, events and individual prisoners, so I thought I'd post a few links here for anyone with similar interests:


Ravensbrück Memorial Site


Ravensbrück timeline...Read more

In August 2012 I spent a week at the Ravensbrück Memorial site taking part in a seminar called the European Summer School which is held there annually. The links below take you to the blog posts I wrote while I was there, along with photographs of the site as it is...Read more

Curious readers may be interested in the sources for some of the flying scenes in Rose Under Fire.

Rose’s background is similar to that of Betty Lussier, who grew up on a farm in Maryland then managed get to England to join the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942.  Rose’s...Read more

Taran is both a Russian and Polish word for aerial ramming (if you do a Wikipedia search on taran, you’ll be redirected to aerial ramming). Taran is not the same as kamikaze and is not considered a suicide manoeuver.  If you’re nerdy enough to want a more in-depth discussion of taran,...Read more

The USSR was the only Allied nation that sent women pilots into combat during World War II. They operated both as bomber pilots and fighter pilots - their bombing missions, in obsolete bi-planes from which they harassed German troops on the Eastern Front under cover of darkness and using the silence...Read more


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