Behind the Lines

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The Story: During WWI (1914-1918), young Americans go into German-occupied Belgium as part of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) to help save nearly 10 million civilians from starvation. This humanitarian endeavor becomes the largest food relief the world had ever seen. The nonfiction Behind the Lines follows a handful of young CRB “delegates,” a twenty-two-year-old Belgian woman, two U.S. diplomats, and two Belgians — a businessman and priest — who team up to fight the German occupation. It’s a story few Americans have ever heard.
Additional Recognitions for Behind the Lines: Special Mention, Southwest Book Design Awards, New Mexico Book Association, June 2015; Finalist in History, Cover Design, Interior Design, and Printing, Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, August 2015.
The Next Book: The original plan was for a trilogy, with the first book, Behind the Lines, covering August to December 1914. Traditional book publishers, however, have shown interest in having only one book tell the story (August 1914 to April 1917). So now I’m working on that book, which I’ve titled WWI Crusaders. I hope to find a traditional book publisher who is interested in getting it out by autumn 2018 for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. For updates, go to my WWI CRB Blog.

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I love to give my presentation -- which includes a powerpoint slide show and show-and-tell items -- to small and large general interest audiences. I tailor my talk to each group. I've shared my passion for this topic with small book clubs, regional library gatherings, and conferences. Contact me at jbmwriter@aol.com if you'd like me to talk to your group.

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This blog has followed my research, writing, production, marketing and sales of Behind the Lines, which is the first book in my WWI CRB trilogy. The blog is now covering my work on Book Two, which is in the developmental stages.