J. B. M. Patrick was previously an Emergency Medical Technician before enlisting in the United States Army as part of its Infantry. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and became certified in Air Assault Operations (involved rappelling from helicopters, inspecting sling loads, and coordinating aircraft landings), Biometrics, Robotics, and joined his company’s Intelligence Support Team. As part of CoIST, he integrated link diagram analyses and a working knowledge of signalling technology to prepare himself and others to combat insurgency operations.
Following the completion of his contract, J. B. M. Patrick discovered that his passion resided in both writing and lifting. He is now the author of Angelos Odyssey, a futuristic epic he believes will span at least eight volumes. He plans on making his dream of a post-apocalyptic series containing authentic and realistic character development a reality.
You can find Angelos Odyssey on multiple platforms: Ingram, Kindle, CreateSpace, and Smashwords.
To see J. B. M. Patrick's regular posts, follow him on Instagram at weightsteaandpublishing and on Blogger at jbmpatrick.blogspot.com.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you wake up, I believe you make an active choice to wake up for something specific. You may not know exactly what it is, and it's often not right in front of you; despite that, you get up anyways. People push through for various reasons: for families, crushes, new job opportunities, and sometimes just to survive. The fact remains that you've chosen to survive for something, if only for yourself, and this means you still think an existence on this Earth is still worth pursuing. Having that kind of strength, no matter your size, height, gender, et cetera, takes much more than people realize. It's a strength taken for granted, and so, when I am able to willingly get up and fight through the demands of the day, that strength means something to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a passion for working out--lifting, specifically. There's something about putting on some R&B or Hip Hop or just some classic Soul, enjoying your rest periods between sets, and then diving in for that next heavy lift. It's a test of your own will, and I get a hell of a rush.
This is the story of the assassin, Tavon, whose ambition drove him to explore past his simple upbringing in the slums of the Citadel in order to become one of the most notorious killers in the universe.