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Susan Kirkland is a novelist and award-winning journalist whose feature stories have been carried by newspapers nationwide. Born to parents who were avid readers and a father who served in the Air Force, she decided at age five become both a soldier and a writer. She enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard at age 19 while attending North Georgia College and State University, the senior military college of Georgia. In her 10-year military career, she has served as a photojounalist as well as a broadcast journalist, covering the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and travelling to Italy to serve.
Her college career started out as a curious endeavor after reading Pat Conroy’s “The Lords of Discipline.” What she found it the halls of NGCSU was a fascinating culture of youthful idealism mixed with the reality of war during the post-Desert Storm period. She wanted to capture the spirit and strength she discovered in that unique and peculiar world of military colleges.
After graduating with a degree in English, she pursued a career in journalism, eventually finding herself at the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Georgia. She rededicated her life to Christ in 1997 and in 2005 felt the Lord direct her to use her talents for Him.
Susan currently works for the Calhoun Times in Gordon County as the government writer. When she is not writing, she spends time with her husband, George, of 15 years and their four children.
on Dec. 28, 2012 :
There is a strong Christian element to this book that some may like and others not. I sought out the author and got a copy because, although in different decades, we were both female cadets at North Georgia College which served as the model for the novel's academy. I couldn't say if some of the details that are different than what I remember have to do with changes in the school or the military but nothing was glaringly wrong. Actually I liked the people in the novel and the writer did an excellent job of description and placing you in the environment. Thumbs up. I will definitely read any follow-up novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)