Jeannée Sacken opens our world...plus a book giveaway
“With smart narration, nuanced characters, and thought-provoking situations reminiscent of Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, Sacken brilliantly explores the story of Annie Hawkins, a photojournalist torn between the needs of her teenage daughter back home and her own deep-seated desire to change the lives of the women in a small Afghan village.”
—Maggie Smith, author of Truth and Other Lie
“Jeannée Sacken has done it again. A well-researched story and intriguing suspense that grips you till the end.”
—Kathryn Gauci, best-selling author of The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac
After years of submitting to agents and publishers with limited success, I signed a traditional contract with a small regional press and was able to work with an amazing editor and art designer, ending up with an award-winning series of which Double Exposure is the latest.
What is something interesting you learned while doing research for Double Exposure?
Pure serendipity, I stumbled across landays—short poems composed by women in Afghanistan for their “forbidden beloved.” Often described as “the cry of eternal separation,” these poems are sung or spoken as part of an oral literary tradition because Pashtun women have been forbidden to learn to read or write. I subsequently incorporated landays into Double Exposure as a plot device.
That my writing is cinematic.
What is your favorite autumn activity?
If I’m at home in Wisconsin, I love to go apple picking, which includes a hayride, hot cider, freshly made donuts, and leaf peeping. But I’m often away on photoshoots—in Africa, Asia, or South American where I document the lives of women and children. I also photograph wildlife.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I’m on a historical mystery binge right now and particularly like Anna Lee Huber’s “Lady Darby” series. I’d recommend her most recent book, A Wicked Conceit.
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