I’m excited to introduce you to Barbara Britton and I’m eager to get to know her better myself. Welcome Barbara.
Do you have a personal connection to the military?
I come from a long line of naval officers. My grandfather, uncle, and cousin all served in the Canadian Navy. My dad broke ranks and served as a navigator in the RCAF. My grandfather said he was proud of my grandmother for raising three boys on her own while he was away commanding a ship during WWII and the Korean War.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Vietnam War. I have a soft spot for Vietnam Veterans because I don’t think they received the “Welcome Home” they deserved after serving our country. I try to be supportive of our military men and women.
Thank you to your family for their service. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but hopped coasts when I was in high school. I headed south and attended Baylor University for college—Sic’em Bears! I married a Chicago guy and lived in the Land of Lincoln for ten years. Currently, I live in Wisconsin (with my Chicago guy) and absolutely love being a Cheesehead. Go Pack Go!
Do you write military characters in your books? If so, how did you research them?
I wrote a Historical set after WWI and it was based on a true story of a nurse who took care of a wounded vet in a remote Alaskan lodge. My hero in that book had lost his legs in a trench explosion. I had to research what prosthetics were like in the old days—nothing like prosthetics today. I also read the sobering autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr who lost his legs in Vietnam (“Fortunate Son”). I also tried to show PTSD or what they called “shell shocked” in WWI, in a realistic way.
What would you choose as your specialty if you were in the military?
I love to bake and I have a degree in nutrition, so I would say a cook. I think I would make a good nurse too since I have been taking care of kids for over twenty years.
From some of the things I’ve heard about military food, I’d say you’d be the favorite cook! Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
I would give our military men and women a big hug and say, “Thank you” for serving our country. Separations are difficult, especially for children, and I appreciate the determination and hard work that goes into keeping relationships and families strong.
For those who come home with injuries like my character Geoff Chambers, please know you are not alone and there are people who appreciate your sacrifice.
God Bless America!
Thank you Barbara. You can find out more about Barbara and her books from her website.