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Tell us alittle about yourself?
That's a loaded question, and one I'm never quite sure how to answer. In terms of origins, I'm from Georgia where the best part of my childhood was spent in NE Georgia, though we lived in Macon. I'm a good American mutt, though Scot/Irish tends to dominate, and have links back to royalty down to preachers and playboys. My passion in life is communication: writing, photography, and videography and I've been very fortunate to find it. WIthin that, I am very passionate about wolves, military, and Cooking with the Troops, and have been finding ways to link all three.
How did you come up with the Hero/heroine in this book?
Easy -- I went and lived with them. The heroes and heroines are those who serve, and I was fortunate enough to be able to go and live with them for a time in Iraq. My job there was not to tell their story, but to find ways to let them tell their stories themselves. The news gives a very narrow, and often distorted to the point of unreality, view of the troops and what they do. My book focused not on the things that could make the news, but on elements of day-to-day life that don't make the news. It captures vignettes of what the 99 percent of the time that is routine, even boredom. In that way, it helps provide a fuller and more accurate picture of life in a combat zone.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on some follow-up books, and on going to spend time in Afghanistan to do much the same thing there.
If you were writing abook about your life right now what would the title be and why?
I Could Never Be So Lucky Again. Jimmy Doolittle claimed the title first, but it applies to my life in so many ways. For all the trials and tribulations, I've been incredibly lucky to be alive and to do the things I've gotten to do.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
That is always a hard one for me, as there are a number of them. There are authors that have influenced me in life and as a writer: WInston Churchill, Cordwainer Smith, Mary Stewart, Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Burns, Robert Browning, e.e. cummings, the unknown authors of the Mabinogian, Matsuo Basho, Roger Zelazny, J.R.R. Tolkien, Rudyard Kipling, and James Herriot among others. There are the authors I enjoy reading (and learning from in some cases) today including David Weber, John Ringo, Jane Lindskold, Michael Z. Williamson, Larry Bond, Tom Kratman, and a few others I enjoy just to escape.
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