View of Perugia
View of Perugia
Click on the coins in The Secret Room on the website and be taken to historical facts relevant to this fantastic novel!
‘Pimpernel Gold’ a terrific book by Dorothy Baden Powell explains ‘How Norway’s Gold reserves were taken out of the country in April 1940, under the noses of the Germans through the snow, by lorries, and finally by three separate ships. Due to a remarkable slip-up in the German plan of attack “Operation Weserubung’, in which every port of Norway was to be seized simultaneously, the attack was delayed ten hours, allowing The King, The Crown Prince and the government to escape to the west coast for rescue by British ships and to bring out the gold reserves. In spite of spotter planes, enemy parachute planes and appalling snow conditions without knowing when or where to expect the promised Allied ships, this remarkable feat was accomplished.’
The National Treasury of Norway consisted of NOK 240 million in 1940 value worth of gold (approximately $54.5 million in 1940 American currency, or $670 million in 2007) weighing around 50 tons. The entire gold deposit was stored at Norges Bank’s main vault at their headquarters in Oslo. During the increasing tension of the 1930s, plans were made to make the deposit more mobile. When the Second World War broke out, these plans were accelerated and the gold was packed into 818 crates of 40 kg, 685 crates of 25 kg and 39 barrels of gold coins, weighing 80 kg each.
Author S.A Willliams will talk about writing Anna’s Secret Legacy next Thursday April 12th @ 1pm @ The Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, PA. Get your autographed copy for summer reading! Hope to see you there!
Another great event -we will be one of the featured authors @ The WWII Air Show in Reading, PA on June 1,2,&3 See Maam.org for details! (over 10,000 people expected-get your tickets now!).
It’s an historical novel. It’s a love story. It’s frightening, and exhilarating. It’s a tale of modern-day alchemy, and the possible blessings and damnations that come from that discovery.
When S.A. Williams set out on the journey to pen a novel, she had no idea that the experience would take her around the world and deep into the research of sulphur water; the Second World War; Norway’s role–and then into the mind of Anna, a brilliant young research scientist. Anna’s birth in Williams’ mind as the protagonist came after much serious reflection and investigation: she was born of her author’s desire to enliven a character whose background and circumstances were timeless, that is, universal, and therefore could be embraced by female and male, old and young, at any time in history. Anna has discovered something that has the potential to either heal humanity or eliminate it. To carry this burden around at any time would be more than most humans could bear: to hold this secret in your heart during the early days of Hitler’s assault on Europe would have been more than the human heart could contain.
(Authors see a storyline unfolding in their heads, but a tale such as Anna’s Secret Legacy is an archetypal lesson and should not be categorized as being “mere entertainment.” The characters are set in a certain place and time–a profoundly difficult and painful time, in a shell-shocked place–but the decisions they must tackle, and obstacles they encounter are those of the transcendent Everyman.)
Williams created the characters and the plot, but she was guided by the Platonic concept of the Forms: she had a story to tell, an intriguing fiction built on history and exhaustive research. This is the reason why people and situations that happened 70 years ago in the book speak strongly and directly to us in the 21st Century. This is our story: we may never be faced with the necessity of making decisions that affect millions of lives, but because of the sameness of The Human Condition, we can relate intimately and directly to Anna’s quandary, and therefore–to her fear.
Synchronicities–meaningful coincidences–brought people and circumstances across Williams’ path, compelling her to delve into research that she might never have anticipated before beginning the project. Taking on World War II is a hefty assignment, in and of itself: to do justice to the subject, detailed study must be performed. The ability to meld these academic rigors with a believable love story in a compelling manner that did not come across as being cute was no doubt a challenge for the author: it would have been so easy to go the easy route, and crank out a book of mindless drivel based on the same premises.
But her own strong academic background, in concert with her fascination with getting to the root of a question (be it intellectual or otherworldly)–dictated that her book not go the way of pulp fiction. A storyline like this, lacking intellectual endeavor and philosophical insight, could have easily slipped into the genre of paperback romance novels: juicy heroine, dashing young pilot, same-old, same-old.
If the storyline of Anna’s Secret Legacy feels a great deal like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it’s because both works speak to that part of us that loves a good thriller with boatloads of action–but which also walk that line between this very touchable world and the dimensions beyond. Indiana Jones took on the Ark of the Covenant and the question of scientific advancement over deeply-respected spiritual admonitions. Anna, on the other hand, has a heart to cure the ills of humans, and is in a very real sense an alchemist–straddling the uber-reality of her present circumstance and fear, and the realm where biology, chemistry and physics become spirit.
Anna’s Secret Legacy is hot off the press: written by S.A. Williams and published by Infinity Publishing, it is one of those books that cannot be put down until the last period at the end of the last (surprise) sentence. The contemporary historical fiction is so full of questions that give rise to more questions–we realize that, as saith Socrates, “All I know is that I know nothing.” Williams began to write a book and in so doing, peeled away layers upon layers of information that led her to yet-more layers–and no doubt to a lifelong fascination with the alchemical history and secrets she uncovered. The learning process teaches us that great Socratic Truth, that the more we learn, the more we realize there is to learn. Anna’s Secret Legacy is, in the most simplistic description, a terrific book. It is so much more that no mere book preview could do it justice: the facts, secrets and philosophical quandaries contained in this tome are the things that propel a book from the best sellers’ list to the land of Classic.
Williams also completed the film script.
Great party with Will Smith hosted by M.Night Shayamalan
Welcome to my blog! Anna’s Secret Legacy has now made it around the world and I have had the good fortune to have had the most amazing journey. The people I have met have been incredibly interesting. Just back from LA producers conference. I met over 30 Academy Award producers. Jeff Dowd (who started Sundance with Robert Redford) and Al Ruddy (who produced the Godfather along with Hogan’s Heros) were so funny. They had me mesmerized with their stories. Larry Katz at Morgan Creek (The Good Shepard, Ace Ventura and over 50 films) was an incredible wealth of knowledge. More on this to follow! Last night M.Night Shyamalan and his gracious wife opened their home up to honor The Philly Film Office- What an amazing party! I had a delightful chat with Will Smith who is incredibly charming. More to follow soon! Stay Tuned! and thank you for following the progress of Anna’s Secret Legacy as we now have the film Script as well as the novel! Many Thanks to all!
ANNA’S SECRET LEGACY- A COMPELLING STORY OF HOW
LOVE IS THE STRONGEST WEAPON WHEN NATIONS COLLIDE,
AND EVIL THREATENS
Blue Bell, PA- In the early 1940’s, as the world sits in a state of death-watch anxiety waiting for Nazi Germany to actualize its declaimed plan for global dominance, a secret has been uncovered that could fantastically benefit humanity, or, if stolen by the aggressors, could lead to untold death and defeat. “Anna’s Secret Legacy,” a historical novel by first-time author, S.A Williams, conveys the fearful atmosphere of the time, along with the incredible heroism that is poised against the Nazi plan.
Set in Copenhagen and Paris, the novel explores the less-known invasion of Denmark and the actions a few brave souls take to keep the Danish national treasure out of Nazi hands. More importantly, it tells of a secret formula discerned by a leading female microbiologist that, should it fall into the Nazis’ grasp, could turn the coming World War into a victory for the Axis powers.
Stunningly beautiful and intellectually gifted, Anna is an Oxford-trained research scientist who grew up in a far-off town in Russia where mystical powers laced about her childhood, leaving jeweled memories of magical rituals that imparted a wisdom no Western scientist could comprehend. With advanced research methods, she is able to unlock the mystery of healing from a sacred sulphur spring, information the Nazis will kill to obtain. Enter Doug Conyers, a dashing American naval pilot who is assigned with his buddy and fellow pilot, Lenny, to uncover German plans and, when possible, derail them, without fingerprints or a trail, as America is still neutral. When Doug and Anna meet, a powerful “chemistry” matches the healing chemistry she has discovered… and love breaks out at the same moment as war. As desperation becomes endemic, Britta, Anna’s beloved hemophiliac sister, now with the prospect of a cure, ends up the apparent victim to Nazi fury and frustration.
Events unfold fast as the Germans strike into Denmark. Anna has to leave for shelter at a convent in Paris. Doug must return to America to report to President Roosevelt. Betrayals abound as the Nazis dangle gold before their brutalities, but loyalties are strengthened as well with Europe’s fate resting in the balance. With each page, personal battles take on worldwide significance as blood is spilled in the chambers of Copenhagen and Paris.
In the deepest sense, the goodness in mankind is directly threatened by a beast beyond all imagining, a beast that literally existed only six decades ago! If we have ever doubted that the Universe is on the side of Good, we only have to look at our own history as so amazingly brought to life in this heroic book, “Anna’s Secret Legacy.” www.annassecretlegacynovel.com
Susan Williams ’77 (A&S), of Spring House, Pa., wrote Anna’s Secret Legacy (Infinity Publishing), a novel about a World War II love affair between an American pilot and a research scientist who makes a remarkable discovery that can revolutionize medicine or—in the wrong hands—wipe out humanity.