It’s funny. I spend so much time promoting my passion for creative fiction that I sometimes forget that I had a pretty intense life as a soldier. As Kris Kristofferson composed of Johnny Cash in the 70s, “he’s a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home.” Or something like that!
Some folks might argue that I have two lives (like a super-hero … gotta have the secret identity thing)! Those who “grew up” with me in my 26-years in the Army are sometimes shocked to learn of my fictional writing and my background in the world of entertainment media like comics, novels, and short stories. Conversely, many fellow writers, artists and creators that I work with are equally surprised to learn of my lifetime (26+ years) spent wearing the uniform of the US Army. Hey, I didn’t get my current job (now in my 7th year) as Deputy Executive Director of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee based on my good looks alone!
But as you’ll see if you read the “About” section on my webpage, no discussion of me and my life could be complete without discussing the Army. Let there be no doubt that while I love promoting my blog, books, the Void webcomic and all the film efforts circling some of them, my heart is and always will be that of a soldier! Nothing … NOTHING … in my life as it is today could have happened without that glorious experience and honor to serve in uniform alongside the greatest men and women on the planet! Nothing!
And so it is with great pride and humility (there’s that contradiction again) that I share with you that my 2011 novel, Crossing the Line, has been nominated for an award by the Military Writers Society of America. Last year, my fictional thriller, I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush, finished second to NY Times best-selling author Dale Dye’s Laos File. No shame there!
This year, Crossing the Line has been nominated in the “Non-Fiction/Memoir” category. The complete list of nominations are:
Follow Me by Elizabeth Carroll Foster;
In the Gray Area by Seth Folsom;
Hollywood Through My Eyes by Monica Lewis;
G-DAY, Rendezvous with Eagles by Stephen D. Wiehe;
Surviving Serendipity by Lawrence Enders;
Crossing the Line by William “Bill” Cain;
In Our Duffel Bags, Surviving the Vietnam Era by R.C. Geschke & R.A. Toto;
Letters From Long Binh by Randy Mixter;
South of Heaven by Daniel Flores.
The winner will be announced at the annual MWSA Convention in Dayton, Ohio, 29 September 2012. I’m considering going but have not made a firm decision. What do you think I should do?
So I thank the MWSA for this tremendous honor in recognizing my efforts to make public some of the very personal pain and sacrifice that went into my Army profession, not by me, but by my wife, children, family and friends. In my mind, I’ve won already. No offense to my beloved creations like Jerry Bronson, Roman Spindola, Greg Samson and Deacon Void, but none of them would have seen life outside my feeble mind had it not been for the great soldiers and my beloved family members who carried me along on that rocky ride all around the world.
With that said, do I want to win this thing? You better believe it!!!! Thanks to all of you who continue to read my posts and fictional tales of adventure and retribution! Because of you and countless others (some who have now crossed the river already), my strength is constantly renewed. And that’s no contradiction! Stay tuned!