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

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…

Bicycling Away the Lethargy of Summer

Last night I went for a bike ride. Nothing special except that I hadn’t been in the saddle since May. While my husband was chugging away the miles and training for a triathlon I’d found excuses not to ride. It was too hot, I was too tired, laundry was piling…

Juice Fast Fiasco

I admit I only did three days instead of the ten I’d aimed for. On day three I was ready to kill someone, felt depressed and unbearably hungry. I asked myself why I was doing this and at last…made a spinach salad. Food never tasted this good! I have a…

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