Interview with Tony Kid Yarwood

What is your subject matter expertise
I am a veteran from the Army (Paras) and I concentrate on real life events pertaining to the forces. A great deal of my writing comes from the heart and my experiences whilst serving in the Paras and the Military Corrective Training Centre (the Glass House) in Colchester, Essex, England.
My book Stretcher Bearer briefly covers how the red cross was formed, heroes from past conflicts and my own duties as a stretcher bearer during the Falklands War in 1982 whilst serving with 2 Para.
Another one of my books describes how I cope with PTSD as I suffer from this debilitating illness myself. I will also be working on another controversial issue, after-care of servicemen and women, regular and reserve which should be complete shortly, called just a number.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manchester. I was not initially interested in writing at all at school infact I wished my school days away as I did not pay a lot of notice with my education. In hindsight I do realise it was a big mistake and only really began educating myself once I joined the Army.
To progress in the Army you have to pass education courses which I did, and if promotion is what your after further education is required. I completed a civilian writers course to become a published writer and have not looked back since. My military experiences influence what I write as I have an abundance of knowledge that I feel the public would like to hear and see. It is also used as a tool to aid with my illness PTSD as I was told by a specialist to write about my experiences as it will help me.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing midway through my military career and the first thing I wrote was my autobiography with a twist - not published as yet.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I wrote this because I suffer with this invisible enemy within and wanted to pass on my experiences and tips to others who suffer in silence. I am about to publish two more books, one called 'a students guide to the Falklands War,' aimed at schools, colleges and universities describing the history behind the Falklands; how it has changed, what it has to offer, a roll of honour to those who lost their lives, awards for gallantry and more. The second is called 'just a number,' and is a very true, but honest account of life in the forces. It will be controversial, but a good read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishing through normal channels i.e. through book publishers pertaining to paperbacks is a mine field and there are some sharks out there that try to take advantage of up and coming authors. ebooks are the thing of the future and its reasonably straight forward. Smashwords gives the basic author hope and a challenge to progress in the field of writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords are a friendly easy going well established ebook name and give beginners hope. I may not make thousands of pounds publishing on the sight but simply having my name down as a publisher is amazing. You never know what may become of my writing! One day someone may pick out my title and say, hay I like this, lets do something with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy about writing is the final product and getting it published.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a great deal especially if they enjoy my work.
What are you working on next?
I have something planned again to do with the military which goes into the military system very closely and covers the good things and bad which will shock some readers. The book is called just a number.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have a favourite author, I read non fiction only and always military oriented.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family (especially my wife my rock and safety blanket) and my ipad so I can check if any one has looked at my latest book
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look on any ebook site
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My autobiography
What is your writing process?
I ensure any facts I write about are correct and double check. I do bullet points or a simple spider graph of what I am going to cover.
Once I do the authors note and have an index to work from that's me I'm off.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As I only read fact I learn from what I read and this inspires me to write more.
How do you approach cover design?
My first cover design was from a contact through Smashwords
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Like I say I don't have favourites I simply see a title (non fiction) and to do with the military and have a look inside. If I like the contents I buy it and read it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non fiction military books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is the IPAD mini
Describe your desk
Tidy and accessible
Why write about non fiction military?
Being ex military I find true life events very interesting and gain a fuller picture of what other units do beit UK service personnel or those from abroad.
Published 2014-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Discarded No Longer Required
Price: Free! Words: 34,590. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
(5.00 from 1 review)
The MoD is supposed to care for our veterans. A young seriously wounded soldier was refused treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham because he was not English! Some very seriously wounded young veterans are being placed in old people’s homes. Serving wounded personnel are also being let down so have to resort to legal action against the MoD and NHS to receive better care.
Think Safe
Price: Free! Words: 57,760. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Safety & first aid, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Non-formal education
(5.00 from 1 review)
This unique concept has been developed by an ex-Paratrooper and Covert Surveillance Operative who took his specialised training into the civilian world and applied his knowledge, experience and training to assess the general security risks and life-challenging situations faced by individuals in everyday life to ensure his concept is used to make people Think Safe.
A Students Guide to the Falklands War
Price: Free! Words: 40,440. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Administration / elementary & secondary, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides -- Armed Forces
(5.00 from 1 review)
Although the Falklands War ended in 1982 this guide gives all students a thresh eyes approach pertaining to the long often hostile relationship between Great Britain & Argentine from 1833 when Great Britain reasserted its rule of the islands to present day. It also briefly covers those who took part in the conflict from both sides and has plenty of photos.
PTSD Silent Heartache
Price: Free! Words: 10,110. Language: British English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The author of PTSD Silent Heartache suffers with this illness so can empathise with others who suffer in silence. Whilst in the Parachute Regiment initially he transferred to the MCTC Colchester gaining qualifications in stress related issues to help all Tri Service Personnel in detention. This short book will help sufferers,relatives and friends, to have a better understanding of this illness.
Stretcher Bearer The Butchers Bill
Price: Free! Words: 46,910. Language: British English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
Stretcher Bearer the butcher’s bill begins within the Northwest of England in the mid-sixties when the author was a boy growing up. It touches on his Army training and some unbelievable heroics by stretcher bearers of the past to present day. He then briefly covers the formation of the Red Cross and more importantly why? Including his own role as a stretcher bearer during the Falklands War.