Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Interview With NY Times Best-Selling Author Martin Dugard



1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book? I wanted to write a fast-moving, richly researched history about the last year of World War II. This is the most pivotal time in recent history, setting the table for the world's power structure to this day. 

2. What is it about and who is it for? The race between American and British troops in the west, and Soviet troops in the east to capture Nazi Germany's capital of Berlin. It's written for anyone who enjoys a good read, man or woman, history buff or not. Taking Berlin is a phenomenal story, above all else. 

3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it? I always try to find bits of history the reader might not have known before, even from well-known events. In the case of Taking Berlin, the reader will be surprised at the life of Martha Gellhorn, third wife of Ernest Hemingway and intrepid journalist in her own right; General James Gavin, the badass 37-year-old two-star general commanding the 82nd Airborne Division; and, the tempestuous relationship between top Allied generals George S. Patton and Bernard Law Montgomery.  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? After writing TAKING PARIS, writing TAKING BERLIN was the next natural step. So, there's the title. I threw in a punchy subtitle to get the attention of potential readers, letting them know this book would be anything but dry, dull history. And the photos are indicative of the main players on the pages. The reader knows exactly what they're getting when they look at this cover! 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Write every day. Read every day. Story is king, so always tell a story.

 6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? This is the time of year for lots of cookbooks and celebrity bios clogging the bestseller lists, but I also believe readers want to sort through all that in search of something that's going to keep them up late reading and turning the pages. I write history, which is always a popular genre. But I'd like to see history become more exciting for readers, moving it beyond the traditional male-dominated demographic into a realm where people of all demographics curl up with a good history book. 

7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book? I was co-authoring Bill O'Reilly's Killing the Legends book at the same time. Writing two books at once is never easy and is certainly not good for one's mental and physical health. Throw in the deep research required of Taking Berlin, with long periods of travel for a first-person look at the sites depicted in the book, and it was utterly exhausting. Having said that, the writing had to be top notch, so it wasn't just about putting words on the page but giving my best effort each and every day. 

8. How would you describe your writing style? Cinematic. Thrilling. Breathtaking. Deeply researched. 2,000 words max per chapter, with cliffhanger endings and descriptive openers. I push the pace from the start and never let up. 

9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? To be surprised. The average fiction reader or history buff will encounter a book of emotion, action, and even surprise romance. Also, I'm aware that some readers may not pick up my books because of my long association with Bill O'Reilly. But just as the Killing series was always about history, never politics, the same has to be said of Taking Berlin. And for those of you who liked the Killing books, know that you'll LOVE Taking Berlin. I've really stepped up my game on this one. Give Taking Berlin a chance. 

About The Author: Martin Dugard is the New York Times #1 bestselling co-author of the Killing series, which has now sold 20 million copies. He is also the author of Taking Paris, and several other works of non-fiction. For more information, please see:

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