And a big welcome to our other new blogger, Robert!!! Read on to hear what Robert has to say about himself!
Hello all you book lovers out there! I’m Robert. Obviously I also love books or I wouldn’t be here. I read: action/adventure, thriller, military, historical fiction and a variety of non-fiction such as: life after death, UFOs and aliens, military, some technical stuff and honey bees. I started reading at about age 10 in the wild-west town of Tombstone, Arizona – of Wyatt Earp fame. I read everything military I could find, fiction and non-fiction. Occasionally a Mad Magazine would magically appear in my hands. I always had a book going and always military. There wasn’t anything else worth reading, so I thought. Somewhere around age 14, for Christmas, my older brother gave me Of Mice And Men and To Kill A Mockingbird. I wasn’t real happy, he knew what I liked and he got me something else instead. But since I love my brother I decided to give it a try. The agonizing thought of forcing myself to read something I didn’t like was the same as my mother forcing me to eat spinach. As it turned out I consider those two books to be among the best books I’ve ever read. I am eternally grateful to my brother for opening my eyes to the wonderful world of literature. Since that day I have never ‘judged a book by its cover’. However, I still hate boiled spinach!
If I ‘love’ to read, then I am totally consumed by writing. Don’t let anyone fool you; writing is way more entertaining than reading. I recently published my first novel, 21st Century Warrior and I want all of you to run out and buy it so I can become rich and famous and pamper my wife, Julie, in the Caribbean by covering her body with suntan lotion and serving her Piña coladas. I am also eternally grateful to Julie who saw a story in me and forced me to sit down and put my fingers on the keys. I was unemployed at the time and Julie wanted me to stay home, take care of our 14 cats and two dogs (yes, 14 and I love them all but it is still 13 cats too many), cook dinner and keep the house clean. And then write. This was fine with me since I couldn’t go anywhere, anyway! I would spend a large part of the night lucid dreaming about my book. Because of this I would get so anxious to get it on paper that I would usually get up before Julie, get a cup of coffee and sit at the computer in my pj’s and bathrobe. Many times Julie came home from work and gave me a hug and a kiss and I would say, “bye, I’ll see you after work.” Her response, “work? I just got home from work, it’s 5:30 and you don’t even have dinner going. Have you been working on your book all day?” It was then I realized I was still in my bathrobe, my coffee was still sitting there and I was very hungry. Julie always said as long as I was writing that she would make dinner. What a gal!
Well, I am ex-military and come from a military family (which means I moved around a lot). My father flew planes, gliders and helicopters in World War II and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. I enlisted at seventeen and served with Special Forces in Germany and Vietnam and with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I worked for 20 years in the semiconductor industry (computer chips) as an equipment maintenance engineer. I have two beautiful daughters, Christy and April, and have been married to Julie for over 20 years. Those who know us well say that we look like we are still on our honeymoon.
Some of my favorite authors are: Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, Clive Cussler, Dale Brown, Vince Flynn, Harold Coyle, David Morrell, Lee Child, Richard Bach, Robert Monroe and Whitley Strieber. I spend my free time rebuilding my travel trailer, remodeling my house, interacting with my honey bees, 4X4 off-roading, camping, hiking and visiting hot springs.