Xlibris Publishing returns with Gerry Feld, author of A Journey into War.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
I would like the readers to understand the true hardships our fighting men faced, as well as their loved ones back home. Support from families is what kept our fighting forces going through out the war. Having something or someone to defend is what inspires every soldier. I hope the reader can understand how this is still important today, as we must support our fighting men and women who serve in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Actually I have two sequels in mind. Since my main character is named Steven Kenrude, I call this my Kenrude trilogy. My first sequel brings back all the main characters from “A Journey into War,” As they become involved in the Korean War. I am about ninety percent finished with that project. The second sequel follows Steven’s son Tom, who struggles with the idea of serving in the Army as a combat medic during the Vietnam War. I have begun to gather information on this story.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
As of right now we have several ideas, but have not planned anything. I intend to speak with the two newspapers we have in our community about publishing articles about the book. But as we move forward, there may be things that pop up I will take advantage of.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
Working with Xlibris in preparing my manuscript was very interesting. They were very patient with me, and helped me through some of the down times, when I felt like quitting. Xlibris was great to work with.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never give up. Believe in your story and its characters. Put yourself in the place of one of your characters so you feel you are part of the action. As a literary agent told me several years ago, if you don’t get emotional at least once in writing your manuscript, you have missed the mark. So don’t just write words, write feelings, get into your heart, follow your gut instincts.
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