© 2013 Clive Eaton
R Grey Hoover is the founder of ASMSG, a support group for authors. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retiree from The Pennsylvania State University after a career in the field of Information Technology. He is a commercial fixed and rotary wing pilot, and at one time, was a flight instructor helping ROTC cadets launch careers in aviation. Grey’s love of flying and his father’s distinguished service in the Army Air Corps during World War II led him into the field of writing. Since retiring Grey has become an award winning wood carver and world traveller.
This is the story of a family caught in the throes of war, a family with a 165 year tradition of service to their country. Sam is torn between his love for his family and his sense of duty to his country. His decision takes him from the quiet hills of Pennsylvania to the torrid jungles of Burma. While his family struggles with shortages and rationing, he fights to survive the terrors of war. This story is based on actual experiences and official records from World War II.
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
My favourite activities are wood carving, fishing and traveling
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
My desire to document my father’s experiences in World War II inspired me to write Kicker.
What research did you need to do for this book?
I spent 7 years researching for my book. My father died 35 years ago and his military records were destroyed in a fire at the military records center in St. Louis. I spent a lot of time visiting WWII veteran’s groups and befriending veterans who served in the same theatre as my father. I was fortunate to obtain the monthly status reports for my father’s unit in Burma and to actually meet and interview the man who wrote those reports
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?
All of the elements in the book are based on real life experiences of the men who served in the China-Burma-India Theatre. Most of the characters in the book are based on family members or veterans I have met.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
I am not working on a book at this time. My current efforts are directed toward the building and strengthening of the ASMSG author’s group.
What do you need around you whilst writing?
A quiet place, my research notes and my computer.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) Finding living veterans who did the same thing my father did in the war.
2) Balancing writing time with personal time.
3) Organizing my research notes.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Do thorough research on the subject you are writing about.
What genre does your book fall into?
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) H.G. Wells
2) Edgar Rice Burroughs
3) Clive Cussler
I have always been action oriented and these authors wrote books that had plenty of action.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
The Steward by Christopher Shields
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
Jinx Schwartz’s Hetta Coffey series of books. I like the feistiness of Jinx’s characters and the human frailties with which she endows them.
Drink – Water
Meal – A good steak
Holiday destination – Almost anywhere in the world
Method of travel – Cruise ship
How can people connect with you?
Where can readers find your book?
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