GG Craft Interview: Pauline Bartel

Writer L.M. Archer interviews author Pauline Bartel for Gotham Ghostwriters GG Craft Interviews series.

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GG Craft Interview Series: Pauline Bartel

Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day

by L.M. Archer


Timing is everything.

Each month, I interview a member of the Gotham Ghostwriters’ community about their latest book. I also delve into their inspiration – and creative process – along the way.

This month, I interview author Pauline Bartel about her new book, Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day.

Bartel takes readers behind the scenes of shooting Gone with the Wind, day by day. Especially timely, since 2023 corresponds to 1939, day by day!

Here’s a sneak peak:

“What was the impetus for writing your book, Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day. Why is 2023 the perfect time to interview you about the book?

In 2014, I wrote a year-long series of blog posts that celebrated significant dates in the film’s 1939 production year. I used those posts to promote the second edition of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book that was published for the film’s 75th anniversary.

Toward the end of the year, as I wrote a post that celebrated the film’s December 15th Atlanta premiere, I wondered: What happened in Gone With the Wind world the next day? That sparked an idea: Writing a book that chronicled what was happening every day of Gone With the Wind’s production year. I thought fans would love having a daily snapshot of events on and off the set. The book would also be a deeper dive into 1939 than my previous Gone With the Wind book. Those thoughts inspired my writing of Gone With the Wind: 1939 Day by Day.

For each day’s entry, I included three sections:

  • “In the Spotlight,” highlighting the birthdays of cast, crew and others associated with the film
  • “Behind the Scenes,” detailing the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, producer David O. Selznick, and others before, during and after principal filming
  • “In the News,” sharing press speculations and reports about the film’s casting and production.” READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

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