An Interview – about me and my book

Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

A. Today it is impossible for young people to understand or appreciate the shock and hysteria in America when we were plunged into World War II. The country was ill prepared, our Army ranking #18 in size compared to the rest of the world’s forces. The fact that 3 photo-reconnaissance planes would attempt to fly over Tokyo, if known, would have been electrifying. (and would have doomed the Doolittle Raid).

Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?

A. Seven years. (I was a slow learner).

Q. What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?

A. Blending actual events with a fictional plot.

Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?

A. How much I had to learn changing from Navy ‘report style’ to a publishable format.

Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?

A. Researching actual WW II events.

Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

A. The bravery of the Air Corps flying 18,000 miles to reach enemy territory.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?

A. TANGO TRAJECTORY – about a female Navy test pilot.

Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?

A. Trying to stay ahead of the stock market.

Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?

A. I did research.

Q. How did you come up with your title?

A.  The mission was classified TOP SECRET.

Q. What books have influenced you the most?

A. The Long Walk; The English Patient; The Danger.

Q. Who was your publisher and why did you choose them?

A.  LULU. Recommended by AME.

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A quirky story most people don’t know….

I left the USS Shangri La a few days after Hiroshima, transferring to a destroyer. Two days later I was dumped on Iwo Jima.

I was told by a Marine sergeant it would be days before I could catch a flight to Saipan. I complained bitterly, “That C-46 on the line is ready; why can’t I get on that?”

“Sorry. It’s reserved for a USO troupe; but you can ask the pilot. He’s in the next Quonset hut.”

I walked over, entered and came face-to-face with a beautiful woman. She was talking to the pilot, who’s back was to me. I’d seen her somewhere before.” Then it struck: that was Maureen O’Hara, the movie actress and knock-out gorgeous.

Undaunted and ignoring Maureen, I rushed up to the pilot and blurted out, “Sir. I’ve been in the Pacific for three years. I’m desperate to get home. What are the chances of going to Saipan with you?”

Captain Tyrone Powers smiled and said, “Can do, Lieutenant. How much gear do you have?”

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