Overseas Over Time, Over Distance

h3Overseash3pWhentwentysomethingWallStreetanalystKateWilsonattractsthenoticeofthelegendaryJulianLaurenceatabusinessmeetingnoonesmoresurprisedthanshe.Juliansrelentlessenergyandhisextraordinaryintellectelectrifyherbutshesbaffledbyhissuddeninterest.WhywouldthishandsomeBritishbillionaireManhattansmosteligiblebachelorpursueaprettybutbookishyoungbankerwhohasnthadaboyfriendsincecollegebrbrTheanswerisbeyondimaginingatleastatfirst.KateandJuliansstorymayhavebegunnotinthemoneyedworldoftwentyfirstcenturyManhattanbutinFranceduringWorldWarIwhenamysteriousAmericanwomanemergedfromtheshadowsoftheWesternFronttosavethelifeofCaptainJulianLaurenceAshfordacelebratedwarpoetandinfantryofficer.brbrNowinmoderndayNewYorkKateandJulianmustprotectthemselvesfromthesecretsofthepastandtrustinatruelovethattranscendstimeandspace.brbrAnhonorsgraduateofStanfordUniversitywithanMBAinFinancefromColumbiaUniversitystrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongspentseveralyearsinNewYorkandLondonadvisingseniorcorporateexecutivesonbusinessandcommunicationsstrategy.ThisproveduninspiringsoshejoinedtheRWAin2007toexplorethefarmorechallengingworldoffictionwriting.OverseasherfirstnovelwontwoRWAcontestsbeforeitwasevensoldtoPutnam.brbrstrongOverseasstrongbrAllenandUnwinbrAuthorBeatrizWilliamsbrISBN9781743310786brPrice29.99brbrbrph3InterviewwithBeatrizWilliamsh3pstrongQuestionstrongWhatoriginallyinspiredtheideaofOverseasbrbrstrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongItallbeganwithJulianIhadthisimageofaclassicFirstWorldWarinfantryofficerasortofcombinationofRupertBrookeandJulianGrenfellandRolandLeightonwalkingthestreetsofcontemporaryManhattan.Hepoppedintomyheadquiteunexpectedlyinthemiddleofawritingworkshopinthesummerof2007andformonthsItriedtoignorehimIdneverattemptedtowriteanythinginacontemporaryvoiceandIcertainlyneverplannedtowriteanythingtodowithtimetravel.ButbeforelongthismanhadanameanddarkblondhairandhewasplayingthepianoandterriblylonelysoIhadtofigureouthisstoryandwriteitdown.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowdidyouuseyourfirsthandknowledgeofworkingonWallStreetwhenwritingOverseasbrbrstrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongAsamatteroffactIvehadneveractuallyworkedataninvestmentbankButIworkedasaconsultanttofinancialservicescompaniesandIhaveanMBAinFinanceandmostofmyinlawsworkonWallStreetsoIunderstandandappreciatetheinvestmentbankcultureandthepeopleinsideit.Iknewhowbrutalthelifestylecanbeparticularlyforsomeonemakingtherotationonthegraduateanalystprogramandhowitaffectsyourjudgmentandyourviewofhumanity.Youredealingwithhighlyintelligenthighlyambitioushighlymotivatedpeopleandthestakesarestratosphericallyhigh.SomeonelikeKatetheheroineofOverseaswhosintrospectiveandhasagreatdealofintegritydoesalotofselfnegotiationtogetthroughandultimatelyyouhavetodecidewhetheryouregoingtoforgeyourcareeronyourowntermsasJuliandoesoronsomeoneelses.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowimportantwasittoincorporatesuspenseinwhatisprimarilyaromancenovelbrbrstrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongIknowpublishingpeoplehatetohearthisbecausetheyretheoneswhohavetofigureouthowtomarketthebookbutIreallywasntthinkingaboutgenresatallIwasjusttryingtowritethestorythatformedinmyhead.ThemysteryappearedatthestartwithJulianstridingthroughthemodernworldHowdidhegetthereWhatarehissecretsIknewthishadtobealovestoryandIknewhewaslookingforthewomanheloved.ButwhowassheandhowdidhealreadyknowherWhydoesheloveherwithsuchpassionandconvictionandprotectivenessThesequestionsdrovethestoryforwardasIwroteitandIhopewilldrivethestoryforwardforthereader.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongYouinterestintheBritishexperienceoftheFirstWorldWarisevidentfromAmiensFrance1916howlonghaveyoubeendreamingofwritingabookfeaturingtheFirstWorldWarbrbrstrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongFormostofmyadultlifeIvebeenobsessedwiththeFirstWorldWarandparticularlywiththegenerationofbrilliantyoungmenwhoranofftothetrenchesin1914.TheyhadbeenraisedintheRomantictraditionofthe19thcenturyandwerefilledwithitsidealismwithunshakeablebeliefintheheroicvirtuesofcourageandhonorandtheywereslaughteredintheirthousandsandmillions.ThatculturaltransformationfromRomanticismtoModernismhadalreadybegunwiththeprofoundsocialandartisticchangeoftheearlypartofthe20thcenturybutitreachedatippingpointsomewherearoundtheBattleoftheSommein1916.Afterthattherewasnogoingback.YouhadRupertBrookerhapsodizinginraisedlanguageaboutthesweetredwineofyouthmeaningbloodin1914andby1918IsaacRosenbergenvisionedacorpsetalkingtotherats.ThetragedyofthewarreachedintoeverycreviceofWesternculturefromlanguagetoarttosexualrelationships.SoIhadalwayswantedtominethisfieldasasettingforfiction.IjustneverexpectedtotellthestorythroughthevoiceofamoderntwentyfiveyearoldwomanbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongOverseasisgoingtobepublishedineightcountriesdidyoueverimaginethissuccesswhenyoubeganwritingbrbrstrongBeatrizWilliamsstrongNotatallImstillpinchingmyself.Iwasjustfocusedonthestoryreallydrivenbyitstayingupuntilthreeinthemorningandthengettingupafewhourslatertomakebreakfastformyfouryoungchildren.IwastooimmersedinthisworldIdcreatedtothinkaheadtopublication.ButIrememberafterIwasfinishedIhadagoodfeeling.Iknewthiswasthemanuscriptthatwasgoingtomakeit.ppnbspp


 



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