Annette Oppenlander

About me

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.

“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”

From my website

I Feel Lucky

An author told me the other day he preferred writing fantasy so he’d not have to waste time researching history. He just imagined details as he went, building fantastic worlds in made-up places. I have to admit I didn’t realize just how much time I’d spend researching when I began…

Traveling Back in Time

On a Class Trip 1976 Okay, I don’t mean time travel like in the Escape from the Past trilogy. I wish I could travel around as I pleased, but we all know only Max Nerds can do that. But…I am returning to my old high school, Gymnasium August Dicke Schule…

First Reading and Signing

Reading at Boxcar Books in Bloomington Last Sunday, a group of heat-hardened, brave Bloomingtonians attended my first reading. I was nervous all morning, pacing, drinking coffee and rechecking my list of what to take. I needed books, of course, the new medieval map giveaways, reading glasses, bookmarks, business cards and…

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