The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II

(Hanover Square Press/Harlequin, July 2022)

by Madeline Martin

In our conversation with Madeline, she tells AUTHORLINK about what inspired her to write THE LIBRARIAN SPY, what made her start writing historical fiction in the first place, and the kind of challenges she experienced on the road to becoming a successful author.

“It’s really just thinking about what books mean to us in our darkest times and even the book communities – like a lot of the Indi bookstores – and the wonderful events that they co-ordinate really bring readers and authors together. That was a really big part of it as well – a celebration of reading, but also an appreciation of what the book community does for our souls.”

She also talks about the French character, ‘Elaine,’ based on a real woman in history. Madeline says, “She was one of the few female typographers working at the printing press in the underground…I don’t want to go into too many details because if you read it, you’ll say, ‘Oh my Gosh! I can’t believe this is based on a real woman!’ It’s such an incredible story.”

Madeline Martin lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat, and a man so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day.

Even though Madeline has reached the heights of success, it hasn’t always been easy.

She says, “It took me 38 books before I felt like I had hit a lot of success …of course, I’m terrified about the next one!”

When Madeline’s not writing, researching, or ‘moming,’ you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonful’s of Nutella while laughing over cat videos. She also loves to travel, attributing her fascination with history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.

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“The wartime ambiance in both Lisbon and Paris and the thoroughly fascinating story of the IDC will please all lovers of WWII espionage.”- Booklist

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