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What is the title of your book?

Fall In, Fall Out, The Dogface Years

What is your book about?

Fall In, Fall Out, is my coming of age memoir that begins when Rock and Roll lyrics were starting to redefine American cultural values. The story is set against the backdrop of a recently racially integrated army, charged to protect Western Europe from Russia’s hostile, overwhelming might leading up to the Berlin Crisis of 1961. The story is about friendships, sexual discovery, racial tensions, and the heartbreak of young love. It starkly depicts barracks life and bleak war game maneuvers, and brings to life the flesh trade in a Mexican border town; Amsterdam’s Red-light district; the nightclubs of Copenhagen, and the glittering neon lights of Frankfurt and Paris. 

Why did you decide to write it?

At 20 years of age, during the last six months of my three year enlistment, I felt a compulsive need to record and explain my personal, and military experience “tell it like it was” as accurately as possible, and I continue regarding telling the “truth” and “self-examination” as vitally important to my personal development. 

How did you get your book published?

Self-published

What types of readers will be interested in your book?

Hopefully anyone interested in intimately shared stories, regardless of age.

What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

It is built on the foundation of my carefully preserved original manuscript, and an effort to keep my adult’s voice from taking over the voice of the teenager that felt a need to tell his personal story. 

Have you published any other books?  

I have published a novel, Abraham’s Burden, also available on Amazon.com.

It is a mystery that examines racism, and presents a surreal but altogether real world where an innocent man can be found guilty and executed because of prejudiced jurors, and not because of the evidence provided by the prosecution.

I have also crafted a screenplay by the same title.

Do you plan to publish more?

I also have two more novels I wish to publish. The titles are The Trip and Great Slave Lake, and I have penned the first draft of a three act play tentatively titled The Gift. I also intend to assemble and edit 70 or more of my unpublished poems for publication.