often ask where I get the ideas for my stories. I confess; everything in my
world is muse-fodder. News, overheard conversations, family or friends—it’s all
fertile ground. I’ll even admit I’m particularly inspired by country music. So
many songs in that genre are about romance, it’s like listening to novellas set
to music. Honestly, no matter what is going on around me, my brain is turning
the experience into a plot line and developing the characters. It just happens.
I have no control, and there’s no twelve step cure for my obsession.
From Perfectcame from a 2008 Associated Press Release: U.S. troops escorting
Iraqi officials to Mosul hit a roadside bomb en route. Five U.S. soldiers died.
On that fateful day, somebody lost a son or daughter, a sibling, their life
partner, or a parent. It got me thinking about the soldiers who survive these
encounters, and the very real difficulties they face as they reintegrate into
long deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan PTSD, traumatic brain injury, physical
disabilities, shattered relationships, unemployment and depression are real and immediate problems for our soldiers.
Like everyone else, I want all of our veterans to find their
happily-ever-after. I may not be able to make that happen in real life, but I
create it in my stories. In Far
From Perfectmy veteran finds his path home to the heartland of his