Say hello to Barbara Britton

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.  



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Hello to Paty Jager

I met Paty this year at Wild Deadwood Reads and we went and had an old tyme picture taken.  This is my favorite one!  We took some serious ones and then the photographer asked if we wanted to have some fun.  We were all game and this was the result. So much fun.

Paty, thank you for joining us on this Fisher House charity drive and our inaugural fundraiser.

Do you have a personal connection to the military?

My father was a marine in the Korean war. My son is in the Air Force and did two tours after 9-11, one son-in-law was in the National Guard, and the other son-in-law is in the Coast Guard.

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 NE corner of Oregon in a sparsely populated county. We raised cattle, sheep, hogs, hay, and grain. We had horses that my two brothers and I rode all summer long. It was a good childhood but there were few jobs. I moved to central Oregon after a year of college and met my husband. We’ve been together 39 years, raised four children, one was adopted. Our family has always had cattle, horses, at one time pigs, and raised hay. It has always been a good life. I worked part-time in a stationary store and for 10 years as a 4-H Program Assistant. I was also a 4-H leader for 22 years. I also was an editor for a small press for five years. Now, my husband and I live in rural SE Oregon raising alfalfa for hay. We enjoy seeing our grandchildren when our military families can visit.

Wow, it sounds like you live a wholesome country life.  What is your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?

Depending on when this post goes live, I may have three new releases. I have the first story from a new contemporary western romance coming out in a box set titled Cowboy Dreamin’.  The story is titled Eights Seconds to Love and is about a female bull rider and a male ER nurse who fall in love. I interviewed a friend’s daughter who rode bulls in high school rodeo to learn about the sport from a woman’s point of view. The other release is the first book of my new historical western romance series, Silver Dollar Saloon, the book title, Savannah. This book is set in a fictional railroad town along the Northern Pacific Railroad in Dakota Territory. I had to learn a lot about saloons in the 1800s for this book. One of the things not in this book but will come out in later books in the series, is how many saloon owners would use turpentine and other petroleum products in whiskey bottles along with cayenne pepper to “make” their own whiskey. And that is how whiskey got the name Rot Gut. Because if a person drank too much of it, it would literally rot out their gut and they would die. The third release comes out in October. It is the 9th book in my Shandra Higheagle Mystery series. Haunting Corpse has Shandra’s good friend’s estranged father showing up at her wedding and getting murdered. For this book, I had to ask a forensic specialist what a wound would look like if a head was struck with a heavy object. To not go into detail, she said the skull would be crushed and there could be more than blood oozing from the wound.

Wow, you’re a busy writer.  Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?

One time when I was pulled over by the city police because it was late at night and I’d swerved (my husband and his friend were drunk in the back of the van), I recited the alphabet backwards to prove to the officer that I, at 8 months pregnant, had not had anything to drink.

OMG, good for you for reciting the alphabet backwards.  Not sure I can do that on the best of days.  What is the one question you never get asked at interviews, but wish you did? 

Why do you write?

I write because I have to. It makes me happy. Early on in our marriage my husband learned that when I was able to write I was a happy wife and mother. Before I started writing, I would have scenarios of bad things happening to family members pop up in my mind during the day and have horrible nightmares. Once I started making trouble for my characters in my books, the day and night mares went away.

Yes, that’s definitely a writer thing.  What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

Making sure their speech patterns sound like a man and that you think like they would. It’s a bit easier for me coming from a childhood with two brothers and alpha father and my mother’s best friend had 5 boys who were always at our house. I was surrounded by testosterone my whole life.

Well, bless you for being surrounded by testosterone and making it through.  Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?

I realize the sacrifices not only by the members of the military but the families as well. We would not be the strong nation we are without people like you standing up for what is right. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you!

Thanks Paty.  You can find out more about Paty and her books on her website.  

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Please welcome Tina Susedik

I’ve known Tina for a few years and have shared a glass of wine or two at events.  She’s energetic and always laughing, plus she’s been at this writing game for a long time so she’s a wealth of knowledge.

Thanks for your donations to Authors4Veterans and for agreeing to this interview.  Do you have personal connection to the military?

Going as far back as my great-grandfather, my family has been involved in the military. My grandfather served in WWI. My father and four of my uncles served during WWII – in all branches. Another uncle was in the Army during the Korean Conflict, a brother-in-law served in the Air Force during peace-time, and several cousins were in Viet Nam. A different brother-in-law also served in Viet Nam and committed suicide. My sister was in the Army and her husband retired as a Colonel in the Army. My brother served in the first Gulf War and has suffered PTSD and many health issues from being over there. His son served later was sent to Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD. I believe there is never enough we can do to support our military.

Wow, thank you to your family for their service.  Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with my husband of forty-four years. We moved here a year ago and am lucky enough to live just three doors down from my daughter and her family. I love being able to see three of my grands often. I’m ‘retired,’ if anyone can ever retire from writing. I volunteer at my grands’ school – I used to be a teacher. In my spare time I camp, hike, bike, swim, read, and spend time with my grands. My twentieth book will be released on November 23rd of this year.

My latest release was Photograph of Love which came out in May of this year. What readers may not realize in this book is how many of the scenes were taken from real life.

Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?

I love photography and have sold many of my photos.

I’ve seen some of your photographs and they’re amazing. Tell me what charities you like to support.

Besides Authors4Veterans, I also support Disabled American Veterans.

Thank you for your donations. Do you write military characters in your books?

Besides children, history, and romances, I’ve written three non-fiction, military books, two about gentlemen from WWII and a veterans’ book from the town I used to live in. I interviewed hundreds of veterans and researched wars and conflicts from the war of 1812 to present. My November release, Missing My Heart, is set in 1975 and has a Viet Nam Veteran in it. He suffers from PTSD. There is a scene where he’s having a nightmare. This scene is based on an interview I had with a Viet Nam Vet. Since my brother suffers from PTSD, I have first-hand knowledge of the disorder, besides researching and reading books on it.

Do you have anything you want to say to our members of the military and their families?

Thank you just doesn’t seem to suffice, but I don’t what else to say. Without your sacrifices and commitment to our country, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we do. I’m proud of what you do. To the families – I understand how hard it is to be apart from your loved one and the worries that go with having them in harm’s way. Raising children alone and handling the day-to-day events of life is difficult. Again, thank you doesn’t seem to cover it, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you Tina.  You can find out more about Tina and her books on her website.  

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Introducing Maryann Jordan

We’re beginning to introduce you to all the generous authors who have selflessly donated money, books, swag and items of comfort for our Fisher House families.

I’m happy to introduce you to Maryann Jordan.  I asked Maryann a few questions and I think you’ll enjoy her responses.

First of all, welcome. Can you share your personal connection to the military?

My father was in the Army during the Korean War. My father-in-law was in the Navy during WW II. My husband was in the Army in the mid 1980’s. Many of my students served (or currently serve) in the military.

Wow, okay, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?

I was raised in Tennessee, but have traveled a lot when my husband was in the Army and then with the government. We lived in Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Okinawa Japan, and Cairo Egypt. I was a special educator before becoming an adolescent counselor in the school system. I worked in education for almost 30 years before retiring and now work full time as an author.

That’s awesome, you’re worldly!  Share your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?

My next book will be part of the Baytown Boys Series. The premise of the series is: After graduating from high school, a group of small-town friends all joined the military and went to war as boys. They came home as men. Discovering their small town held just what they needed as adults, they invited other military friends who did not have a home to join them. My readers know that Baytown is a fictional city based on Cape Charles, Virginia on the Eastern Shore. It is one of the best places in the U.S.A. for finding sea glass! (And, yes, sea glass has a part in every book!)

Oh, I’ve seen you post about sea glass, that’s cool.  Do you write military characters in your books? If so, how did you research them?

I write military romance and military romantic suspense. I do a great deal of research for my military characters and my scenes. In fact, I was pleased when some reviewers noted that they appreciated that my books are accurate. I am careful to use the terms correctly (everything from description of places, geography, military ranks, jobs, duties, and abbreviations.) I go to the websites for the military branches, as well as check certain facts with my husband.

Accuracy is important and thank you for doing that.  What would you choose as your specialty if you were in the military?

Realistically, I would have to say that counselor would be what I would do…it was my vocation for so long and the idea of helping military personnel with some of their problems would be so satisfying.

I imagine it would and so very needed.  Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?

I want you to know that I understand how difficult your sacrifices can be and I am so grateful that you do what you do. I was only an Army wife for four years, but they were both a time of great pride and great frustration. My heart is with you and God bless you.

Thank you Maryann.  You can find out more about Maryann and her fabulous books on her website. 

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Look at the generosity!

You’ll no doubt read this often from me, but I’m so blown away by the generosity of our participating authors.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This week I received a package from Renee Lee Fisher.  Take a peek at the items Renee sent for our Fisher House families. Among the items are her gorgeous books, Rock Notes, pens, swag items, book marks, note pads, a tote and a lovely poem Renee wrote using the American Flag as her inspiration.  Thank you Renee, for your generosity.

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The goodies are coming in

You know how it feels when the mail person delivers a package and you don’t know what it is?  Or, you know what it is but you can’t wait to see it, touch it, feel it?  Especially if its books?  Yeah, I love that.

The donations from our amazing participating authors are starting to roll in and I love seeing what the authors are donating to our Fisher House families.  This week I was thrilled to open a box from AS Fenichel. (side note, check out her website).

Look at all the pretties.  Our Fisher House families are going to love these gifts.  She sent several copies of two of her books, Deception and Ascension of her Demon Hunters Series.  Two coloring books and two packs of colored pencils. Four “Keep Calm and Read On” bracelets, a stack of coasters, two journals, a planner and a note for one of our families.

Thank you so much AS for your generous donation.

I’ll keep you updated as new goodies roll in.

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Welcome to our brand new website

We’re excited to begin this new fundraising effort for our veterans and their families.  Over the years they’ve done so much for us, but we’ve felt we had no way to repay their service and commitment to our country and families.  This is our small way of offering our heartfelt thanks!

So, stay tuned as we bring this fundraiser to life.  We’ll update this blog with our progress as we have information.  Our first step will be to recruit fellow authors to donate books, swag and money so we can purchase and fill 30 ThirtyOne bags with goodies and deliver them to Fisher House to be given to military families.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention TechSurgeons for their generous offer to host our website at no cost to us as their way of supporting our military and their families.  Thank you Jay and the TechSurgeons crew for supporting our cause.

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