Annette Oppenlander

About me

I write historical novels for older YA as well as short stories. Favorite eras include the Middle Ages in Germany, the Wild West in New Mexico and the Vietnam war. I also enjoy writing about WWII, but from the perspective of German civilians.

To date I’ve completed four manuscripts and recently signed with a literary agent. The story he is seeking to publish is about a 15-year old boy who is unwittingly used as a test subject in an experimental video game. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime.

He gets trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head.

From my website

Patience and Perserverance

In March 2012 I submitted a travel story to goNomad, a pretty well-known online travel magazine. At the time I was still into writing travel stories and I’d developed a longer piece about a trip we took with our friends, two American couples, to Germany. For a good two weeks…

Tent Camping Isn’t for Cowards

Two weeks ago my husband and I set out to go camping in Michigan. We’d prepared well, bought a tent, dusted off sleeping bags, cooking utensils and air mattresses. We’d bought Michigan’s Best Tent Camping and Trout Streams of Michigan, we had bicycle gear, fishing gear and everything in-between. The…

Do’s and Don’ts of First Chapters

As I’m renewing my struggle with the first chapter of a manuscript I wrote five years ago, I’m perusing a lot of the advice on first chapters. I’ve noticed that the majority of first chapters of contemporary fiction, no matter what the genre, are extremely well written. Often the quality…

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