I received my autographed copy of Alex Keto’s book, The Rainbird War yesterday. That was pretty cool. What was even cooler, as you can see from the photo, was that I was asked to write one of the book’s blurbs. It was an honor to make such a contribution.
Not since Peyton Place has there been such a merciless exposé of the American experience in all its beauty, fragility, and raw brutal ugliness. Set in the mid-60s in a small town just starting to experience the horror of the Vietnam War, this powerful character-driven novella incorporates all the archetypes: the loving parent, the bully, [...]
Set in a small town in Illinois in 1968, the novella centers on the lives of a community of people whose lives intertwine on one fateful day in May of that year, including: Ray Jackson, isolated and strong in the face of losing his business and wife; Johnny Fitzpatrick, who has decided to run off [...]
It was either the spring of 1966 or 1967 the first time I went to the Supreme Dairy Bar for a milkshake and a microwavable hot dog. Years later, when I was in high school the dairy bar had been converted into a pool hall and pinball arcade. I stopped in there one afternoon, during [...]
I’m honored and humbled to have been interviewed for Big Al’s Books and Pals’ Author Series. Without question, Big Al’s is the online place to be for book reviews and interviews. How exclusive and important is it? I had to wait for almost a year for my book to be reviewed–the waiting list is that [...]
Reading about President Obama’s visit to the JSA and OP Ouellette this past weekend, reminded me of all the times I’ve been to the JSA/Panmunjom. My first time was on December 31, 1996, the day after the bodies of North Korean commandos, who had been killed in a firefight with South Korean troops (many also [...]
One of the more interesting things I got to do when I was writing for the Korea Times was fly in an F-16. In the fall of 2001 I was covering President George Bush’s (senior) visit to Korea (he dedicated a new USO facility at Camp Casey) when I bumped into the 7th Air Force [...]
A couple of months ago, in an email to my editor, Joyce Gilmour, I talked about how I wished my Korean War novel, War Remains could reach a wider audience. “I’ve done about everything I can do to promote my book, Joyce,” I said. “I’ve worn out my welcome at Facebook by constantly hyping my [...]