Interview with Dorian Morrison

What is the most fascinating component of your book? Why?
There have been many books and movies about the Vietnam War. The Flight of the Pegasus is a black soldier's experience in the Vietnam War. The main character, Victor Moore, consciously objected to the war. He dared to question authority and trusted his own instincts to survive. The soldiers who did not conform in this unjust war were forced to endure incarceration in conditions that were almost medieval; underground cells, buckets instead of toilets, diets of bread, lettuce, tomatoes and water.
What is the centeral topic of your book? What is the main theme and/or ideas?
This is a story of a black youth's journey through America's turbulent Civil Rights Movement, the nightmare of the Vietnam War and his return to family, friends and the home he could never find again. He battled with his sanity, drug addiction, and patriotism. The main character of my book came from a dysfunctional family and a background of poverty. He was raised with a solid Baptist belief in God, instilled in him by his grandmother. This belief helped him survive the many dramas of the Vietnam War.
Who will be most interested in this book?
The people who would be most interested in this book are Vietnam Veterans of all backgrounds, Americans who lived through the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-war demonstrators. Today's soldiers who are fighting overseas and their families will relate to this book. Young men and women who are about to enter into the theaters of war will be inspired to self-examine their actions and their belief systems. Even the conservative thinker will view and critique the Flight of the Pegasus. Religious leaders will take interest. Students of History, Men who are incarcerated. Finally, this is simply an incredible story that may inspire a filmmaker.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a story that is very personal to me, about a black gangster raised on the mean streets of Chicago. He comes from an unexpected background. He murders without conscience and is very illusive. He was caught, brought to justice, and sentenced to be executed by the state of Illinois, but by a trick of fate he was released. This story is based on true events in my life. I expect to finish the story soon, and will publish at a later date.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was about 10 years old. I would write poetry to the girl I was "in love" with at the time. When I was about twelve, I wrote a story about a young boys struggle with the devil on top of a mountain. It was about the war of good and evil that are constantly fighting inside of everyone. When I came home I wrote anti-war speeches, which I delivered at a local college campus. Those were my first memories.
How will your book affect people's lives?
Readers, who have not experienced the devastating affects of racism and poverty,should develop some sense of empathy for those have not been able to share in the American dream. Those who are currently struggling with racism, poverty and incarceration will acquire an increase awareness of their situation.
Is there anything in the book that is unprecedented, trailblazing or surprising?
The Flight of the Pegasus is a unique and trailblazing description of the military's system of crime and punishment and their detention center during the Vietnam Conflict. The reader will be surprised to learn that such inhuman treatment was part, or perhaps still part of the military system. My story explores the injustice of crime and punishment in the military.
Can the primise of this book be tied into any stories currently being covered in the news?
Yes most definitely! The current wars in the middle east are using deadly chemicals, like agent orange was used in Vietnam. This is a menacing threat to the physical and mental health of the citizens and soldiers. Like Vietnam and the My Lai Massacre of 1968, there has been news of soldiers killing innocent civilians, fragging of fellow soldiers. The friendly fire at home and overseas have caused numerous fatalities. Nothing has changed, just the area and circumstances. Also let's not forget the army private on his way to military prison for his misdeeds. There are many others like him and many other stories.
What makes you a credible authority on this book's subject?
I am a black American who grew up in the middle of the country during the Civil Rights Movement. I am a black American who survived in the holocaust called Vietnam. Most importantly, I witnessed the tragedies caused by racism and discrimination. Thanks to our forefathers, both black and white, we have a right to free speech, a right to peaceful assembly, a right to vote. God Bless America !
What interesting anecdotes surrounding the research and writing of this book could be shared with reader ?
In researching and writing The Flight of the Pegasus, I discovered that a Quaker, sharing my last name, set himself on fire much like the live broadcast in 1963, of a Buddhist Monk that America watched on television. On November 2, 1965, five months after I enlisted in the military, Norman Morrison sat on top of a concrete wall outside the Pentagon, soaked himself with kerosene and set himself on fire. This had a profound effect on me. His desperate act was to protest the war in Vietnam.
I also discovered the title of my book, Fight of the Pegasus, has an interesting association with the war in Vietnam. In 1968, during the 77 day battle of Khe Sanh, there was a relief operation that was successful in replenishing the garrison with personnel and supplies. The airlift operation was named "The Pegasus".
Published 2013-08-25.
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Books by This Author

Flight of the Pegasus
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 81,820. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
In 1965, shortly before his 17th birthday, Victor Moore, a poor black teenager from rural Illinois, enlisted in the U.S. Army. At 18 he was sent to Vietnam where he experienced culture shock, opium dens and struggled to survive in a unforgiving war. In 1968 he returned home to a land devastated by civil unrest & wounded by the ugly legacy of slavery and the assassination of a Civil Rights hero.