I am a serious student of history, political, economic, military history, read copiously, often 2-3 books a week, and I have found this knowledge to be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I understand what I have read, and I prefer original sources. The curse: mankind is really doomed to repeat the same errors endlessly.
Do I take myself seriously? Not really, even though the characters I use in my books all have some basis in reality, I have found that the passions of youth really do mellow out as one gets older.
I do take great pride in using weapons and systems that either actually exist, or are theoretically possible. Also the combat situations I describe are as accurate as I can make them.
In my book Destruction of Civilization; The Apocalypse Begins the scariest part of writing it was seeing that the preconditions necessary for the story to actually happen were happening.
I have now completed the next volume in the Death of Civilization series, Death of Civilization; Reclamation.
The Death of Civilization continues with the novel I am currently hard at work on; Death of Civilization; Disaster!
Extinction Earth! was a very enjoyable book to write and I have started the next volume in this series also.
As a person, I am a grandfather of 3, a father of 2 boys and a girl, have been married to the same wonderful woman for 45 years, and have made, and lost, two fortunes, but have made my third, so I stopped while I was ahead.
If you have questions, suggestions, or whatever, my author e-mail is; email@example.com.
I do try to check my mail daily but sometimes I forget because I'm having too much fun killing off a character or two.