I am seeking a creative writer to assist me in authoring my novel, a historic fiction, set in war-torn China from 1942 to 1945 with prelude and introduction from post Nanjing Massacre in 1939. This story, narrated by an American OSS officer (1st person) speaking from the journal of a young American newswomen (1st, 3rd person), tells the story of Christian nobility amongst men's brutal acts of inhumanity. I need a skilled and experienced story-teller adapt at creating dialogues, imagery and relationships between and amongst characters, as I will interject historic context and background through the narrator (James).
Months preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Grace, a young journalist with the NY Times and who was born to an American medical mission family in China, returns to the war-ravaged country. She interviews Madame Chiang Soong Mei Ling but soon discovers that neither she nor the Generalissimo-Chiang and the Nationalist government is prepared to fight the Japanese Army or to defend the People from its brutalities but only interested in securing supplies and support from the US and other Western-allies. Against the advice of both Chinese and Western journalists gathered in Chong-Qing, China war Capitol, she ventures in-land to uncover the truth about Chinese resistance and suffering of the People. She interviews Zhou En-lai at a secret location and is fascinated by the charismatic Communist leader who seems to represent the people’s best hope. She befriends Lee, a resourceful guerilla-fighter whom she’d met years earlier in Bridgeport, CT. Together, they ventures inland to report on the war’s impact including the great famine of Henan where millions died of starvation as the Nationalist government horde international aids, food and supplies. They deliver medicine and relief to a missionary hospital at Kuling, where an Australian missionary-doctor leads a team of volunteered nurses to treat war-refugees. Grace reports on their heroic mission and becomes the voice of the “oppressed-Chinese”, witnessing the transformational power of Christian kindness and mercy. Grace and Lee become lovers but are complicated by the emergence of James, her American fiancée and now an OSS officer fighting Japanese advancement across China-Burma-India. They must set aside their personal-feelings to complete a dangerous mission while sustaining heavy losses. Lee saves a badly insured James; War ends, but she dies.
Structure of the Plot:
A love story develops under the backdrop of war-torn China under Japanese occupation. Historic events (including Martha Gellhorn’s interview with Madame Soong Mei Ling at Chong-Qing and Zhou En-lai at a secret location, Teddy White and Jack Belden’s reporting of great famine of Henan, recollection from the Chinese industrial- relocation campaign and heroic effort of missionary-doctors as well as an OSS mission to break a vital Japanese supply-line) provide the canvass to paint a story of love, self-sacrifice, friendship, hope and mercy. The plot flows chronologically from James’ graduation celebration at the Bridgeport Yacht Club in 1938 to war-time China through the Japanese surrender, interjected with stories of our protagonists overcoming hardship and danger with self-sacrifice and love in five parts:
Interested party with creative-writing background and pertinent-skills should forward sample of writing and reference. I look forward to hearing from you.