‘Fire and Ice’ interview most viewed on Roz’s writer’s blog just weeks before US publication

The burning of Hammerfest: picture taken by a German soldier as the town was torched.

The burning of Hammerfest: picture taken by a German soldier as the town was torched. Picture used by kind permission of the Hammerfest Museum of Reconstruction.

The importance of social media to writers and readers is now well-established in today’s rapidly changing world and I’m delighted to say my account of the scorched earth destruction of Norway during the war ‘Fire and Ice’ is currently riding high at the top of an interesting chart of very good writers.

The chart has been compiled from views of a blog written by my one-time news editor at the BBC, Roz DeKett. It’s called ‘The Right Word’ and Roz interviews writers about the processes by which they came to write their book.

Roz deKett, creator of 'The Right Word writers' blog

Roz DeKett, creator of ‘The Right Word’ writers’ blog

It’s just a fun chart because Roz has only recently begun to write the blog – but to me it’s just another way that social media can overcome geographical and physical boundaries and share interesting ideas.

The Right Word an eclectic selection but a rapidly growing gathering of people united by their urge to write, and brought together by Roz’s urge to explore that urge.

Her subjects include poets, authors of guides to being a wedding officiant and a woman who wrote one hundred 100-word stories to mark the tenth anniversary of her mother’s death.

Roz’s blog also carries links to online retailers so if readers see something they like, they can follow it and buy the book, either in hardback or as a e-book for Kindle. Roz herself is a very clear and thoughtful writer and she has that knack of being able to frame her subject’s thoughts really well. That’s a skill radio people really appreciate gathered from years of putting microphones in front of their guests.

It’s a good read: follow this link.

Meanwhile, the publication date for ‘Fire and Ice’ in the US is now drawing near. It’s due to be available in bookshops from February 1st.

The German general who oversaw the destruction of Norway, Lothar Rendulic, was cleared of wanton destruction at Nuremberg but sentenced to twenty years for other crimes committed in Yugoslavia.

The German general who oversaw the destruction of Norway, Lothar Rendulic, was cleared of wanton destruction at Nuremberg but sentenced to twenty years for other crimes committed in Yugoslavia.

It’s an account of the burning and evacuation of the north of Norway at the end of the Second World War, told through the stories of people who were either there or who were affected by its aftermath, framed by a journey across the Arctic by the author.

If you’d like a preview of what’s in the book, visit my website at www.vincenthunt.co.uk or see earlier blog entries on this site, ‘Scorched Earth Stories.’

* ‘Fire and Ice: the Nazis’ scorched earth campaign in Norway’ is published by The History Press, priced £20. More information at www.vincenthunt.co.uk and at the blog https://scorchedearthstories.wordpress.com/

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