Introducing…Kameradschaft

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Welcome to the first in my series in which I will introduce you to a few of my beloved works in progress, particularly the ones I haven’t talked about a lot around here. Week 1 I am going to tell you all about my beloved little novella which is affectionately known as Kameradschaft (German for “Comradeship”). Firstly, let’s talk about…

The Blurb 1

 

Kameradschaft…Comradeship… Two young men, from opposite sides of a war, are going to find out the meaning of those words.

Wolfe Verick’s life once consisted of working in a pharmacy, until all normality was stripped away and he was thrown headfirst into a war.

When an accident kills his best friend and leaves Wolfe stranded in a foreign land, he has no choice but to run, and hide and lie, to keep himself from the firing squad.

His life rests in the hands of three Englishmen—a cynical pilot, a weary doctor, and a beautiful nurse. And all of them must face the question:

Is Mercy greater than Justice?

The Collage 1

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The Notes 1

 

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Sorry for the bad light.

I wrote the whole novel in this little, charming notebook, the cover of which doesn’t really match the inside contents :D. I believe this cute notebook was a birthday gift years ago. There’s not much else to say, about my small notebook, other than the actual novella,  there aren’t any notes in it.

The Inspiration 1

 

The original inspiration for Kameradschaft was an article I found online, when researching something or the other. It talked about rumours that English WW1 pilots rescued downed German pilots and helped them escape across the Channel, back into France.

The concept fascinated me. I didn’t know if it was true or not (I recently tried an extensive search for the said article, to read over it again and determine it’s authenticity, but came up empty handed), but it immediately sparked an idea. What those pilots were doing was treasonous, so why were they doing it?

And so was born a short story, told from the perspective of Wolfe Verick, a young German gunner, who is shot down over Dover and rescued by an Englishman. The short story came highly commended in a competition, and then was published in a Canadian online magazine, but I knew the idea hadn’t been full developed. How did my intrepid Englishman actually get Wolfe out of England?

The next spark came from my youngest brother, who was just starting to talk at the time. One time, he was trying to explain something to my mum and I, and got frustrated when we couldn’t understand him. I offhandedly remarked that it must be horribly frustrating not being able to communicate properly for a small child. My mum added that it would be even more frustrating for an adult not to be able to talk.

And it literally just came to me. I started writing that night, a novella based on the original short story, in which Wolfe Verick masquerades as a shell-shock patient in an English military hospital, unable to hear and unable to speak, without betraying himself as one of the enemy.

The Stats 1Words: 19,918

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 59

POV: First person

Date Started: A long time ago. Some time in 2015, for the short story, and 2016, Septemberish, for the novella.

Date Finished: First draft was completed goodness knows when. Third draft still isn’t done.

 

The Random 1

 

Here, I provide you with random facts about this novella 😀

-Benjamin Simeon, the English pilot, is named after my brother, Simeon.

-When it was published in the Canadian E-zine jaBlog! It was not only published in the last issue before it became inactive, I was also published on the 27th July 2016. Wolfe goes missing on the 26th July 1916, and is found by Simeon on the 27th July 1916. To this day, I wonder if the editor published it on that day on purpose.

-Wolfe Verick is in the same German Jasta as Manfred Von Richthofen, the infamous Red Baron. Although I find the Red Baron an extremely interesting historical character, this was totally a coincidence.

-In one particular scene, I mentioned Wolfe hiding behind a flowering magnolia tree. When she read this, my mum gave me an odd look and I had to admit that I’d never seen a flowering magnolia tree and had no idea what it looked like.

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Probably not the sort of thing you could hide behind.  Source

Snippets 1

 

 

Ben Simeon frowned at me, “I’ve known you all of ten minutes and I’m already finding you exasperating.”

….

After we’d been sitting there for about fifteen minutes, a door somewhere to my right opened and two people entered the room. One was a tall, spectacled man with black hair and a clean-shaven face. He wore a long, white coat, and looked worn and wearied, as if the weight of the world was resting on his shoulders.

But if the doctor was the picture of quiet defeat, the nurse that followed him was a symbol of the sun. Her dazzling smile lit the room, and I got the feeling that that smile was just as much a permanent part of her as the auburn-chestnut hair that was concealed beneath her white cowl and her sparky brown eyes.

….

“I’ll warrant there is not,” Dr Roberts said slowly. “What is your real name?” he frowned, then added, “Never mind. I’ll turn a blind eye and go along with your foolish plan. But—” he hesitated, “—are you a deserter?”

I could answer that. I shook my head, vehemently denying it. I was a lot of things—a liar, a fraud, a murderer maybe—but not a deserter.

….

“And you’re German,” he [Dr Roberts]  whispered fiercely, “Deny it!” 

….

My eyes widened as I processed his words. “No!” I protested, “Why don’t you turn me in? Then you’ll be a hero instead of traitor. I’m just a German gunner, they’ve probably already replaced me. My mother will cry, but no one else.”

….

Simeon tilted back his head and answered, clearly and strongly, “I am guilty as charged.”

Learn More 1v

 

You can read the original story here, or you can see the version that was published in Canada here.

What do you think of my darling Kameradschaft? Have you ever written/read historical fiction? What’s your current WIP about?

17 thoughts on “Introducing…Kameradschaft

  1. This sounds like a fun series.

    I am loving the series I am in the middle of now, but do not do them everyday. My series now is my mystery musical theatre plots so I have to do a good job of not making it too obvious, but obvious at the same time.

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  2. Whew! This sounds awesome! I definitely need to read what was published in Canada once I get out of school today! That’s so cool that you’ve gotten it published and that you’re still working to flesh it out. I’d never heard about this sort of thing so that’s really interesting!
    I adore writing historical fiction. I wrote a French revolution novel called Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods (the title has its origins from a remark Rousseau made in The Social Contract) and it centered around a group of friends who aligned themselves with the Cordeliers faction. It doesn’t have a happy ending but I feel that the way it ended was the only way for it to have possibly ended. I still need to edit this thing but I’ve been working so hard on Before You Forget Me, my WIP that’s about the Seattle Underground in the late 1890’s. It’s been a joy because I’ve been able to go into the Underground now and again. It’s been a struggle, though, because making Mindy, the main character exactly who she’s supposed to be has proved to be a struggle since so much about her is contradictory! All the same, historical fiction’s definitely one of my favorite things to write!

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    • Like I said, I can’t vouch for the historical accuracy of any of it, but it made a fascinating sort of story, and there’s all sorts of stranger (true) stories. Such as the German guard who befriended and helped a young Jewish man to escape a death camp. I want to write a story about that one day 🙂
      Oooh a French Revolution novel! I’m currently writing the sequel to my Les Mis retelling, and it’s a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities, so I’m doing some interesting research on the Revolution. You’re novel sounds really interesting 🙂 I’d love to read it one day!
      Ah, contradictory characters are so annoying aren’t they?? It happens to me a lot, especially if I don’t flesh the character out *before* I start writing the novel. Thankfully it hasn’t happened yet with this last novel, and it’s sequel.
      Yes, I love historical fiction too!

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      • Whether or not it’s true, it’s definitely an interesting story! There are so many interesting stories from WWII. Your idea of writing about the German guard who helped the young Jewish man sounds like a great one!
        That retelling of A Tale of Two Cities sounds so cool! That’s awesome that it’s a sequel to the Les Miz one!

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  3. This seems like a deep and harrowing novella, thank you for sharing it with us! I love to hear about other people’s WIPs and writings in general. :). I think you’ll like Dunkirk when you get it in from the library. It’s a glimpse, like this. 🙂

    The magnolia tree bit made me chuckle. 🙂

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    • Haha! I feel the same way about sci-fi. I’ve tried but I feel the need to be too scientifically accurate, and the fact of the matter is that I can’t understand science at all 😀 I do love history though, hence why I love historical fiction and all the work and research that it takes! Thanks for commenting. 😀

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      • Depends what kind of sci-fi you’re writing 🙂

        I’ve enjoyed the history classes I’ve taken and what historical research I’ve done, but have yet to fall in love with any historical period to write a whole book about it.

        Perhaps part of why I don’t have the same problem with sci-fi is that I tend to deal with a lot of science that is not yet well explored?

        Then again, you wouldn’t believe the number of times I’ve had betas comment that what I’ve spent hours researching is completely impossible, even when the details are taken directly from the research. (This is not to imply that these comments weren’t helpful. They were– they let me know that the science I was writing about isn’t common knowledge. They just were helpful in a different way than how these betas intended. I’m grateful to have any comments on my work at all.)

        Maybe it’s just time to accept that someone will find whatever I write inaccurate no matter how accurate it is, write what I want, and worry about fixing errors later?

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