Please help me welcome my next distinguished author guest, Al Hague, to the interview hot seat. His story may speak to many veterans. Let’s look at his bio and then we’ll find out more about him and his debut novel, A Marine’s Daughter.
I am a US Marine having served in Viet Nam in 1965/1966. I have been a photojournalist for the past 12 years and A Marine’s Daughter is my first novel. I live in Phoenix AZ with my wife Diane. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and have lived in various parts of the USA. It is my hope this story will ring true for Viet Nam Vets and their families and will provide some insight into what we all went through and continue to go through. A portion of the royalties is being donated to the Viet Nam Foundation for the homeless. I hope you enjoy the story and will also look for the sequel I am writing this day.
I am told the story is compelling and difficult to put down. You can see reviews on Amazon at the book location. I will be traveling the country in the coming months for book signings and speaking engagements. I look forward to meeting my readers wherever I travel.
Betty: What inspired you to write the story you’re sharing with us today?
Al: My belief that vets like myself may still be or recently began anew dealing with the past. I wanted to send a message to the families and friends of Vets who late in life may have changed because of past experiences now central in their mind as they may no longer be busy and have more time to remember and seek answers.
Betty: What, if any, new writing skill did you develop while working on this story?
Al: I had done a lot of writing for magazines but more in a reporter’s function. Writing this novel was the first time I needed to create characters
Betty: Did you struggle with any part of this story? What and how?
Al: Telling the moments of terror authentically without turning off the reader.
Betty: Which character(s) were the easiest to get to know? Why do you think?
Al: The main character Jon Milo as he is pretty much me in the important ways. It is difficult for me to share my reality.
Betty: What kind of research did you need to do to write this story?
Al: Very little except dates and times of specific situations.
Betty: How many drafts of the story did you write before you felt the story was complete?
Betty: How long did it take for you to write the story you’re sharing with us? Is that a typical length of time for you? Why or why not?
Al: First novel so I really don’t know it’s typical. It took about four months to complete
Betty: What rituals or habits do you have while writing?
Al: I develop the story in my mind and settle on the plot before I begin to write it. Usually late at night while trying to sleep which doesn’t come easy.
Betty: Every author has a tendency to overuse certain words or phrases in drafts, such as just, once, smile, nod, etc. What are yours?
Al: Not really sure…Not many I would guess..
Betty: Do you have any role models? If so, why do you look up to them?
Al: My dad was a WWII Marine and he helped me tremendously to get my life moving forward upon my return.
Betty: Do you have a special place to write? Revise? Read?
Al: My desk in my office for writing.
Betty: Many authors have a day job. Do you? If so, what is it and do you enjoy it?
Al: I am retired finally.
Betty: As an author, what do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Al: Developing characters that interested my readers
Betty: What is your favorite genre to read?
Al: I have a difficult time reading anything except news as I am unable to sit still long enough. I used to enjoy crime dramas and relationship stories.
Betty: Success looks different to different people. It could be wealth, or fame, or an inner joy at reaching a certain level. How do you define success in terms of your writing career?
Al: Having readers tell me my message has helped them or someone they know.
A Marine’s Daughter is a novel depicting the struggles of a Marine in his later years trying to deal with the issues from the past. The character Jon Milo lost his wife very early in his life and focused on raising their daughter Sara. Jon has several unanswered questions about his time in Viet Nam and his daughter now a successful attorney has been recruited by some of her Dad’s fellow Marines to seek recognition for the old Sergeant they believe he deserves. The story is about the relationship between father and daughter and how they work together to find the answers they both seek not only about the past but about the future as well. The story reveals the value of the father-daughter relationship and that the strength of that relationship can be healing as well as fulfilling.
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Thanks for stopping by, Al! I hope your story may help other veterans in processing their experiences.
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