With just under two weeks before the winners are announced at this year’s Military Writers Society of America 2011 Book Awards, and with War Remains nominated for two awards, the suspense has been nerve wracking to say the least.
In many ways, I have already won.
All I can say is that I am very proud of this little book of mine. I am proud of what the book has brought to some people, who are still waiting for their loved ones to come home from this so-called “forgotten war.” I know of two readers who lost a loved one in the opening months of the war and are still waiting for remains recovery or remains identification.
War remains. I knew when I chose this title that it was the right one. Originally, I was going to call the book, “The Long Journey Home from a Forgotten War.” Good thing I changed the title, huh?
Readers have wept when they reached the end of the novel. I do too, every time I read the last two chapters.
It’s a good story. It’s more than just a war story, though. It is about war and remembrance.
Yes, I am proud of this book.