Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thomas Drinkard Interviews IAN Member John W. Huffman

This interview was previously published at Thomas Drinkard's blog

John is a Vietnam Veteran and has a first-hand perspective on the war, from both the ground and air. I hope you enjoy the interview and his book.

T. Hello, please give us a bit of biography to start.

J. I was born 29 November, 1946, in Hemphill, Texas, the oldest of eight children. I attended elementary school in Pineland, Texas, junior high and high school in Jasper, Texas, and graduated summa cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

I enlisted in the Army Airborne in 1966 and served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, the first as a private, and subsequently a sergeant, with Alpha Company, 1/27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in 1966-67, the second as an officer/aviator with the 120th Aviation Company in 1972-73. I retired as a major in 1986 with three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, sixteen Air Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, two Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medals, and various other service and campaign ribbons.

After military retirement, I launched a real estate sales and management company, SouthCorp Properties, Inc., owned seven speedways in five states, created an automobile racing and sanctioning body, the American Racing Association, and developed three touring series.

I received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Journal for a short story contest, published two short stories, The Reincarnate and The Mad Dash, five novels, A Wayward Wind, a Regional General Fiction Finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Tiger Woman, a First Place Winner in the Action-Adventure category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and The Baron of Clayhill, a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest and a 2010 finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the National Indie Excellence Awards. My latest two releases are Above All and Cold Hearts Burning.

I have completed three other novels awaiting publication: America’s Diplomats; Eyes of the Blind; Searching For Leah, and I am currently working on When A Rebel Comes Home.

I currently live in Blythewood, South Carolina, with my wife Misty. We have three sons and two granddaughters.

T. When did you start writing?

T. Was there a favorite writing teacher or mentor?
J. No.

T. Please tell us about your current book.

America’s Diplomats, The Road to Attleboro is a novel based on my first tour in Vietnam in 1966 as an infantryman, which culminated in the largest land battle fought in Vietnam.

T. Do you have a sequel or prequel in mind or in progress?

J. Yes, I have the outline for the sequel, Eyes of the Blind.

T. What are your ideas about the future of digital publishing?

J. I think it is going to be the book media of the future particularly because the younger generation is more electronically inclined.

T. Anything else to share?

J. Thank you.

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