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History Book Promotion on Veterans day!

by | Oct 25, 2017 |

Hello Folks,

Meet my friend and fellow author’s Interview: 

lannconsultings.com and https://web.facebook.com/events/120059858700594/.

For now, meet Tracy!

Her book will be available next veteran’s day in the promo organized. 

Q: Ways of War is your first novel. Was this a lifetime aspiration or did you just get up one day and say “I think I’ll write a book”?

TG: Well I have to say writing has always been a passion. I remember as a young girl lying on my bed in the cabin loft, dreaming of becoming a writer. I don’t know how many stories I wrote then threw out because I thought they could never be good enough. Over time life got in the way and I guess the dream got put on the back burner, then forgotten.

Q: You say the dream was forgotten. What caused you to remember and write Ways of War?

TG: I can’t say there was one specific moment or event that caused me to decide to return to writing. One day I was in the laundry room folding clothes, and as I stood folding little girls shirts and matching socks I looked up at the computer which was on the desk in the same area, and thought why not? It was a quiet evening, and I had no place to be. I remember folding the rest of the laundry, then I turned on the computer and started writing.

Q: So you went from matching little girls socks to writing Ways of War?

TG: I guess I did. The story Ways of War started out as a love story. I initially thought I would create a story about an unbreakable love. One that stands the test of time… you know the model, happily, ever after. Well, I wrote the book and didn’t like it. I threw it in a drawer and left it there. I knew it would never sell.

Q: Did you just throw it in a drawer and forget about it? Is that a habit for you, forgetting I mean? You forget your dream, then once you find it, you stuffed it in a drawer and forget it (again).

TG: I did. I left it in the drawer for a few years. Then one day I decided to get rid of the desk. It was one of those Sauder desks that you screw together. The veneer was peeling off, and the sides were rickety, so I thought it was time to get rid of it. I cleaned off the top and began going through the drawers. I found the pages in the back of the drawer. I had truly forgotten about the story until I looked at the pile as I pulled it from the drawer. I almost threw it out, but something stopped me. I ended up sitting on the floor reading through the pages. They weren’t very good. But as I read the story I thought, this isn’t the best, but I certainly can make it better. I saved the pages. I put them in a manila folder and kept them with the intent to make something of it.

Q: So let’s talk a little about the why. What made you write a book about War?

TG: I guess to look at me you wouldn’t guess I would write a book about war. Well, I’ve been saying the book isn’t so much about war as it is about people. Of course, it’s set during the Vietnam War and highlights many of the events that happened during that time. There is a discussion about the War as well as the many other struggles this country experienced during the 1960’s. The story is about both the time and the people. I think the story is one that we know well. We know about the War and the division it caused in our country. I’m focusing on the people and the underlying issues that were woven in between all the publicity. The people are always the story. Ways of War is a story about the war overseas for sure, but it is also about the war we experienced right here in this country. We can compare much of what we experience today to those volatile times.

Q: You say the people are the story. But the story wouldn’t exist without the War. So doesn’t that make the story about the war?

TG: I don’t believe so. I think of war as an event. War wouldn’t occur it not for people. People who are driven by power, greed, and control, can’t see beyond their desire. They don’t look at the big picture until it’s too late if they look at all. You have on one side the people that are trusting and loyal and just want to live peacefully, keeping to themselves. Then you have those who want to manipulate and control. I think this story is multifaceted. It exposes people for their underlying flaws and weaknesses.

Q: You said the book does address the War. How do you think some of our Veterans will take Ways of War?

TG: I have to say, I did a lot of research before writing Ways of War. I think the research is what caused me to take the book in the direction I did. To address our Veterans, I have great admiration for them, and we all owe a deep debt of gratitude to them for all they sacrifice for this country. We don’t always agree with the politics, but we always should maintain a cohesiveness and comradery with one another as citizens of this country. I think it terrible the way the military was treated when the returned from the Vietnam War. It’s not bad enough that they had to fight, but then to return home and be treated in such a way. Not only upon their return, but for years beyond, long after the war had ended. I think they are the true heroes.

I can address what I believe your true question to be; this novel revolves around the Vietnam War. I did my best throughout the story not to be disrespectful to any of our Veterans. I don’t believe the story will trigger any bad memories, or cause anyone to relive an experience that many have pushed from his or her conscious mind. Having said that, I don’t know that maybe the slightest experience will cause some emotion.

Q: What do you mean when you say cause some emotion?

TG: Not too long ago I had lunch with a Veteran of Vietnam who had read Ways of War. He told me the book was very good. He was surprised that I wrote such a book. We discussed the book over lunch. He asked me about one scene in particular in the book. He cleared his throat and fought back the tears as he asked about the scene. When I told him the idea for the scene came from an experience a friend had, he got choked up. I believe I wrote the scene with as much dignity as I could. I would like to say to our Veterans that I hope I don’t do anyone any disrespect or cause emotional trauma as a result of what I have written.

 Q: Could you give a brief overview of Ways of War?

TG: Of course. “Ways of War” is a historical novel set during the 1960’s. The main Character Anna Windsor is a young mother whose husband goes off to war. To maintain her sanity, she goes back to work at the University where she stumbles on a secret that changes the course of her life. As the story unfolds you’ll see how she adjusts to the many challenges that face her and the citizens of our country, not only nationally, but at a local level as well. Interwoven with the everyday life of Anna, you’ll find an underlying threat that not only affects her but many innocent victims. The Cold War era was a time of great secrecy within our government. As you read through the novel, you will learn some of those secrets. Some may shock you while others may be familiar.

Q: Secrets? Well, I guess we all know that the government isn’t always forthcoming with information, could you expand on the statement about the secrets that may shock?

TG: I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, so I will have to answer briefly. During the Cold War, our government was in a race for political and military superiority. To maintain a lead in the race for military superiority our government stooped to very low levels, matching those of the (at the time) the Soviet Union. I’m not sure how many people are aware, but after World War II some German scientists were brought into this country to continue testing that they had already begun in the concentration camps throughout Europe. They continued testing on human subjects and were not always humane. I bring some of this information into Ways of War. If you want to know more, you will have to read the book.

Q: What would you say to the critic who questions your expertise in discussing such a topic?

TG: That’s a very good question, one I keep asking myself. The only answer I can come up with is life. I live it every day I watch it on the news. I listen to the stories those closest to me tell. I have two uncles who went off to Vietnam. Thankfully they both returned. One of my uncles was very tightlipped about his tour. He would never share the story, but I do know he was awarded the bronze star. It was a difficult time for them.

In other wars and struggles, I have Great Uncles who were in World War II, one of which was awarded the purple heart and the bronze star. My father was in the Airforce and on standby during the Bay of Pigs. My grandfather was in the Airforce.

We all know people who have been affected by war. Sometimes we just chose not to recognize it. Today there are many young people that I don’t know who struggle with their experience. I don’t know them, but that doesn’t mean I can’t support them and have compassion for them. It doesn’t mean I can’t be grateful for their service and desire to be of service to them.

 Q: You seem to have a great respect for our men and women in uniform. Is Ways of War part of their legacy?

TG: Legacy? I guess I never thought of Ways of War as a legacy. I did dedicate the book to all that have served or will serve, so I guess if there is a legacy of the book it would belong to them. Originally I began writing as a means of entertainment. But the more I read and the more research I did, I realized that the story was far greater than just entertainment. Ways of War has become a testament to what the human condition can endure and has endured. It reveals to us the deceit of men who desire power and control and the lengths they will go to attain that goal. On the flip side, it encourages hope and the desire for peace. I’d like to think that the latter will win out.

Q: If you could say one thing to the men and women of our armed forces, what would that be?

TG: Wow, what a question, and a challenge too. There are so many things I would like to say to them. If I had to choose one thing I think it would be to say, there is no measure of gratitude or thanks that will ever equal the sacrifice you make for an ideal that seems to be slipping away. I am so very grateful and proud and thankful that there are those that still stand for that idea of freedom and are willing to lay down their lives to protect us and secure the future of our children. Thank you is such a small word, yet in this case, it holds great meaning. It is the word that communicates a feeling that can’t be expressed. It is a word that communicates love and hope and a desire for freedom and a peaceful world. It’s sad that something so simple costs so much. You can’t put a price on human life. War costs so much, not just monetarily, but emotionally and psychologically. It breaks my heart that humanity hasn’t learned the lessons of the past. I guess it’s true, if you don’t learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it.

Thanks, Tracy! https://goo.gl/PWmS5C (Free copy here on the 11th!)

Meet Jean Gill

1)Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a Welsh author and photographer now living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named ‘Endeavour, a Nikon D750 and a man. I’ve published 19 books in a variety of genres from prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, to a cookery book on goat cheese. I’ve just finished the last book in The Troubadours Quartet, a 12th-century thriller series. My claim to fame is that I was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Wales.

2) What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was about seven. I wrote a dire melodrama of twelve chapters called ‘Jill’s Stables’ when I was eleven. My first book, poetry, was published in 1988 and was probably a way of processing some intense personal emotions.

3) How did you come up with the idea for your current novel?

I was reading a book about the poetry of the medieval troubadours, who lived in the same part of France as I do, and I came across the sentence, ‘Rumour says that a female troubadour was touring the south of France with a big white dog.’ Given my love of Great Pyrenees, for poetry, for Provence… how could I not write that girl’s story? She became Estela in ‘Song at Dawn,’ the first book in The Troubadours Quartet.

4) Who is your favorite author?

Too many to choose! My favorite historical novelist would have to be Dorothy Dunnett. Having my Troubadours series likened to her books was a great compliment. Her mix of historical knowledge and romantic thriller is what I’m aiming for but of course in my style.

5) What is the ethics of writing about historical figures?

So little is known about 12th-century characters that I have a lot of freedom to imagine the people and events. Even though they were alive so long ago, readers are still passionate about their portrayal, especially well-known characters such as Eleanor of Aquitaine. I do a year’s research before each book, and where facts are known, I stick to them. Like Shakespeare, I decided that certain historical characters were villains and I wrote them that way.

6) How many books have you written? Which was your favorite?

‘Song Hereafter’ Publication date 13th November will be my 19th published book. My work includes poetry, novels, even a cookbook and translations (from the French). They’re all my much-loved babies – I couldn’t choose between them!

7) What are some of the greatest struggles you’ve faced to further your writing career?
Hundreds of rejections over a period of decades! Because I write in so many different genres, I had to start afresh seeking publishers, and it was depressing to ‘come close’ all the time before occasionally hitting lucky. I love Indie publishing and now have the enthusiastic readers I always wanted.

Get her book here: http://amzn.to/2lRgYFd

Free copies here all year long http://www.jeangill.com

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