Author/military historian John D. Gresham.
Please join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome two fabulous, award-winning authors to the program: John D. Gresham and Mariam Kobras. The multi-talented John, also the host of Military Monday on the Writestream Radio Network, is an accomplished military historian, author, journalist and game designer. We met a few years ago on Twitter and as they say, the rest is history! From John’s bio on the Defense Media Network:
John D. Gresham lives in Fairfax, Va. He is an author, researcher, game designer, photographer, and military commentator with numerous publishing, design, speaking, and television appearance credits in his portfolio. He was the primary researcher and partner to Tom Clancy on his best-selling series of non-fiction “guided tour” books about military units. These include Submarine (1993), Armored Cav (1994), Fighter Wing (1995), Marine (1996), Airborne (1997), Carrier (1999), and Special Forces (2001), all published by Berkley Books. He also is the award-winning co-designer of Supermarina I and Supermarina II (Clash of Arms Games, 1996 and 1997), naval wargames based upon Larry Bond’s award-winning Command at Sea game system.
Gresham’s book DEFCON-2 (with Norman Polmar), is a new single-volume history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2006. His latest book, Beyond Hell and Back (2007, with Dwight Jon Zimmerman), describes seven key U.S. special operations missions. He is currently working on a pair of books, one on post-9/11 Medal of Honor recipients, and the other on the F-22A Raptor fighter. He has provided interviews, commentary, research, screenwriting, and production assistance for various documentary series produced for TLC and the History, Military, New York Times, Discovery, and National Geographic channels. His most recent book, Uncommon Valor, covering six Medal of Honor recipients and their deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan, is co-authored with Dwight Jon Zimmerman.
John will join me in the first half of the show to discuss a variety of topics including how to build a successful career as a freelance writer and author.
Award-winning author Mariam Kobras.
In the second half of the show, talented author Mariam Kobras joins me all the way from Germany thanks to the miracle of modern technology, which also enabled us to meet and become fast friends on Twitter! Represented by Buddhapuss Publishing, Mariam is the author of the compelling romance/drama Stone Trilogy — the first book of which I reviewed here:
This star-crossed love story has all of the ingredients of heart-touching romance, interspersed with mystery and intrigue. Centered around wildly successful middle-aged rock star Jon Stone, who in spite of his stardom, has spent the better part of his career pining for his true love Naomi Carlsson, The Distant Shore takes readers on an enchanting transcontinental journey, instigated by the receipt of a handwritten letter Jon receives quite unexpectedly from a teenaged son he’d never known.
At first, it appears that the protagonists’ unlikely reunion after nearly two decades of painful separation will proceed smoothly once the heroine recovers from the shock of seeing her lover enter her remote hotel in an obscure yet picturesque Norwegian town. But the author has plenty of surprises in store for her characters and readers alike as she peels away layers of secrecy and suspense involving the characters’ individual pasts — personal histories that threaten to harm their future happiness.
Mariam’s descriptive, rhythmic writing style makes it difficult to stop reading. She has a way of depicting things like human emotion, natural settings, character personality traits and physical looks, the L.A. music scene, the closeness of family and friends, and the soul of a creator (musicians, lyricists, etc) in a such a relatable way as to compel the reader to want to learn more. Rife with plenty of romance and intimate scenes, the author manages to bring a uniqueness to each encounter, which only serves to make her main characters even more vulnerable and sympathetic. You cannot help but cheer for them to overcome every obstacle that’s thrown in their path. And there are many.
Mariam and I will discuss her work, including her forthcoming final book in the trilogy, along with her thoughts on the writing process, the ever-changing publishing industry and how newbie authors can find success using social media.
Please join me for Writestream Tuesday on March 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern with guests John D. Gresham and Mariam Kobras!