This week’s writer is one I am really happy to introduce. Firstly, he helped me set up my web page (no, not true, he set it up for me – I’m clueless) and we read each other’s books way, way back when I was still new to social media. He held my hand every step of the way.
The book Tom’s chosen to showcase in this guest blog is one I’ve read and I liked it so much that I bought the second in the series as well. Having been married twice to men who have also served in the forces, it was like getting a peep into what really goes on behind the scenes ‘among the boys’. Girls get curious about these things you know.
A Life of Choice West Germany April 1992
“Thanks, mate,” I said, accepting a bottle of beer from one of my soldiers.
“What are you going to miss most about leaving the military?” he said.
“Apart from the camaraderie, I’ll miss getting together with a bunch of the guys and putting the world to rights.”
“How will you deal with it?”
“I’ve got a long-term plan.”
“Don’t tell me it involves this idea of yours to be a writer?”
“Lee,” I said. “Twenty-three years ago my family laughed when I said I was going to be a soldier.”
He choked with the neck of his beer bottle still between his lips. A few of the other lads laughed as Lee wiped the beer from his face and shirt.
“You must have been a handful as a baby, Lee,” one of the guys said, which caused them all to laugh at Lee again.
“Staff Benson has just said he’s going ahead with his memoirs,” Lee said.
“If he said he is, he will,” Corporal Barr said. “You should know him by now, mate.”
I winked at the NCO, and we chinked our beer bottles together. “Thank you, Steve.” I turned to Lee who was having another go at drinking from a bottle.
I shook my head. “Oh, ye of little faith,” I said. More laughter followed.
Northeast England January 2016
“I’ve pressed the button,” I said. “A Life of Choice: Part One, is published.”
My wife said, “How many parts will there be?”
“I’ve broken down my military career into five logical segments, and I aim to have all of them published by the end of 2017.”
“How do you know it will work out?”
“Apart from the other novels, short stories and poetry, I’ve written this story several times since 1996.”
“Are you not worried about anybody taking you to court?”
“No. I’ve listed the appropriate personnel for each unit and time period. I’ve got the real names, and allocated each a new name, description, age and home town.”
“Does it feel like you’re reliving some of your career?”
“Yeah. I’ve written the story in first person point of view, and I occasionally think the fictional lead character has had a great time; at least until he got married.”
I got a raised eyebrow and a scowl from across the room, but I’d been getting them for forty years.
Just wait until the film offers come in Tom!
Author Website: http://www.tombensonauthor.com
A Life of Choice: Part One – links
Amazon Preview/Buy: http://amzn.to/2pnVWxn
BookLinker – Universal: myBook.to/A_Life_of_Choice_Part_One