Interview with Bob Kern

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
New Castle, Yorktown, and Alexandria, Indiana
When did you first start writing?
Winter of 2013/2014
What motivated you to become an indie author?
9/11. I began feeling guilty when people thanked me for my service and I hadn't seen combat. I knew I shouldn't feel this way because I am very proud of my service, but I couldn't stop this feeling. I soon realized there were probably a lot of Cold War veterans having similar thoughts. I decided to write a book about my service to show people that we may not have been called to war, but we trained extremely hard and were always ready for it.

I think I did a good job conveying this.
What do your fans mean to you?
My biggest fans are other Cold War Veterans. The outpouring of support from this "forgotten" group of veterans has been overwhelming. To have veteran after veteran tell me how grateful they are for me telling our story. I got choked up and fought back many tears reading some of their thanks. This is a group of men and women who volunteered to serve their country during a very tense period of history and yet history seems to have forgotten us.
What are you working on next?
I am writing sequels to my story but this time sharing the stories of other Cold War veterans from different eras, different jobs, and different branches of service.

We Were Soldiers Too: Serving in The Cold War in Germany

We Were Soldiers Too: Serving in The Cold War in South Korea

We Were Soldiers Too: The Cold War at Sea
Published 2015-06-09.
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