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WeWriWa—Jakob’s Nightmare Begins


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly Sunday hop where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m now sharing from the book I’m releasing on May ninth, And Jakob Flew the Fiend Away, which is set from October 1940-May 1946 in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. I chose May ninth for the release date since it’s my protagonist’s birthday.

Fourteen-year-old Jakob and his mother Luisa have just gotten home from grocery shopping the day before Yom Kippur when they heard strange voices in their house and saw the back door open. He’s about to witness the unthinkable.

This has been slightly edited to fit eight lines.


His father Rudolf sat on the floor sobbing as three Nazis stood above him.  One had an oddly-shaped nose, another was chubby and had a face full of measles or chickenpox scars, and the third was a bit short for a man and had a scar on his forehead.  So much for so-called Aryans being the master race, Jakob thought as he drew back.

Jakob grabbed Luisa’s arm and pulled her back. “Don’t go in there, Mama,” he whispered.  Since his bar mitzvah last year, he’d stopped calling his parents Mama and Papa, but he sometimes still called Luisa Mama in emotional situations. “They can’t see us.  It might make more trouble if we go in there, and I don’t want anyone to hurt you.”


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

9 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Jakob’s Nightmare Begins

  1. He’s so wise for one so young. I hope his mother listens to him. This is the beginning of a tragic cascade of events, inevitably, and your prose just carries me right along – well done, as always! Great excerpt.


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