Tell me a little about your military service?
I spent six years in the Air Force as an analyst. Mostly I just nodded and said “Yes, sir” and “no, sir.” I enjoyed it, and it definitely gave me an appreciation for those who wore the uniform before me.
How do you feel that your military service has influenced your writing?
It definitely made me care more about the characters, to pay attention to all the details, and gave me the discipline to actually finish what I started.
Do you think your military service, and more specifically your training, adds to the realism in your books? If so, how?
I don’t think it did, as I’m not writing military fiction yet. Most likely, once I do start doing military fiction, it will help bring out realism that I might not have otherwise.
When did you start pursuing your writing more seriously?
Around 2012, when I released my first book.
Of all your work, which was your favorite to write?
Might as well ask which body part of mine is my favorite! I think Best Served Cold was the one, as it was the first time I was able to bring all the separate threads of the story together for a “season closer.”
How many of your characters were inspired by your military service?
Way too many. Names are changed to protect the guilty.
How many of the scenes you wrote were inspired from your service?
Some of the analytical scenes, really.
Do you feel like your writing has served any therapeutic value for you? Has it helped you process your experiences?
Without writing, I wouldn’t be here today. It is some of the best therapy out there for me, and has allowed me to let things go.
If you could serve with any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Oh god… None of them. I’d probably get killed in the first few minutes when the shots start firing.
If you would want to avoid serving with any of your characters, who would it be and why?
All of them, as they are all quite loony.
What are you currently working on?
Working on book nine of the Statford Chronicles called The Twain Shall Meet. Also, a military sci-fi novel, and a fantasy serial that is going to be a lot of fun to write.
How can people find you?
- Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/johngwalker
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thestatfordchronicles
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/walker875
- Website: www.walkersedgepublishing.net
Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!
->As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.