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Armando Lucas Correa

Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author I draw inspiration from: I've always been obsessed with historical events that no one talks about, those events people want to file away and forget. First was the tragedy of the MS Saint Louis that, thanks to my Cuban grandmother, I first heard about as a kid. When I started researching what happened aboard the Saint Louis —and to the passengers who were sent to France after Cuba, the U.S., and Canada denied them entry— I found this idyllic post card from Oradour-sur-Glane, a small town in Haute Vienne, close to Limoges, France. One day during the war, the Nazis arrived there, locked up all the women and children in a church, and set them on fire, alive. They shot the men and tried to erase that town from the face of the Earth. In this genocide, directed by the Nazi SS, members of the French army participated as well. 

I researched the event tounderstand, to try to make sense of the Nazi mentality, to read up on eugenics —that pseudo science whose objective was to improve the human race. What no one talks about in this case is that Hitler and the Nazis were inspired by studies that originated in Pasadena, California, during the 1920s.

When I was writing my first novel, The German Girl, I almost mixed it all together in one book until I came to the realization that it would be an impossible task. The MS Saint Louis gave rise to The German Girl, Oradour-sur-Glane to The Daughter’s Tale, and eugenics to what will be my third novel, The Night Traveler, to be published in 2021, which will  close my WWII trilogy. 

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

The German Girl: A Novel
By Armando Lucas Correa

Favorite place to read a book: At the terrace in my country house in upstate New York.

Book character I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with: Aureliano Buendía from One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

The moment I knew I wanted to become an author: When I was 10 years old and I read Madame Bovary.

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audiobook: Hardback 

The last book I read: Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Serotonin
By Michel Houellebecq

Pen & paper or computer: Computer. MacBook Air, 11 inches.

Book character I think I’d be best friends with: Hadrian, from Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Memoirs of Hadrian (FSG Classics)
By Marguerite Yourcenar

If I wasn’t an author, I’d be a: Editor

Favorite decade in fashion history: 1930's

Place I’d most like to travel: Cairo

My signature drink: I normally don't drink but when I do, I have a Mojito

Favorite artist: Billie Holiday

Number one on my bucket list: Live for a year in Paris

Find more from Armando, here:

Website: armandolucascorrea.com

Twitter: @armandocorrea

Instagram: @armandocorrea

Facebook page: Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

Author Interview - Armando Lucas Correa

The Daughter's Tale: A Novel
By Armando Lucas Correa
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