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An interview With AF Brat and “Fly-By” Author William Wiseman

http://seriousreading.com/author-interviews/1479-interview-with-william-wiseman-author-of-flyby.html

 

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Book: ORLY

Author Lisa Johnston Winfrey is an Army Brat whose dad was a pilot. As a child, he moved 42 times in 17 years. She is a loving wife, mother, and Nana. Her family (as you will be able to tell from the stories) are the most important part of her life. She has held a variety of teaching positions over the span of her career and writing this book was way outside her comfort box.

Readers have been demanding a second book with more unbelievable situations for their enjoyment. When Lisa Ann is not teaching, she is coaching Hip Hop dance – ORLY. Coaching those wonderful young ladies is considered one of her greatest accomplishments. What many people don’t realize is the home lives of these teenagers range from great to horrific. Sometimes the practice times and competitions are the only areas of their lives that are calm and structured. Coach Winfrey was hoping to sell enough books to be able to lighten the load of the financial burden placed on the families of the dancers. She will have to wait and see if that is a possibility.

She says, “This book is a collection of funny stories that will make you say, ‘Oh, really?’ when you read them. The title is slang for ‘oh really’. We’ve told the stories over and over again and one of my friends begged me to write them. The stories are true, which makes them that much more unbelievable.

The book is on Kindle.  I think it is $3 for a download and $7 for a hard copy. The reviews on Kindle are super. My favorite thing so far about selling the book has been that a student told me he bought the book to give to a sick relative and he was able to read it to her and make her smile.”


The Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology:

 SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences from LGBT veterans and/or family members, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells your story and might be helpful for others to read—others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT veteran experience. We are seeking submissions from all perspectives and eras.

You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to participate. Just tell your story in your own words. We can do some minor editing to polish your submission.

 

What Genres to Submit:

 

Memoirs

Poetry

Artworksomething which will reproduce in black and white only

 

You may submit up to 2 pieces for consideration

 

This book may be sold commercially, but the focus of the book is for academic purposes, i.e. college textbook or LGBT group curriculum. In all cases, any and all proceeds will be split evenly and go to the non-profit Museum of the American Military Family and Military Kid Art Project.

 

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017

Submissions become part of the MAMF Special Collections Library.

Stories and Inquiries can be sent to the editor at: mamfshout@gmail.com

 


New Discussion Group Starting at MAMF


Author: Patricia Walkow

Publication Announcement

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The War Within, the Story of Josef

Author: Patricia Walkow

The War Within, the Story of Josef, is a creative nonfiction biography of Josef, a teenage Christian Polish slave laborer, forced to work in Nazi Germany during World War II. The setting is Nazi Germany, French Occupied Germany after the end of World War II, and New York City. The span of years for the story is 1943-1954. Josef was a real person, and experienced all of the events in the story.

At the outset of the story, Josef awakens after his left leg was amputated due to an accident in the factory where he worked in Southern Germany. A talented mechanic, even at his young age, Josef has a natural ability to understand, repair and fabricate machinery. Because of his usefulness, his life is spared, although slave laborers are normally considered expendable, and when injured, are summarily executed. German citizens are prohibited from helping slave laborers. Yet, Willie, a German ambulance driver only a few years older than Josef, saves Josef’s life by taking him to the hospital and allowing him to recuperate in his own home. Willie lives with his mother, Sonya, a loyal German.

Through the course of his recuperation, Josef fights his hatred of the Germans; Sonya roils with emotion as she comes to see the injured boy as a human being, rather than an enemy, and Willie questions his own motivations for helping the young Pole. Ella, a young German girl who is a cook and maid in a nearby house, befriends Josef. She struggles with her own mother’s decision to remove her from school, forcing her to work as a servant. Josef and Ella fall in love and keep their love a secret through the war. When the war ends, they remain in French-occupied Germany, marry, and start a family. As a mixed Polish-German couple they face the ire of the Germans, and, when their eldest son develops tuberculosis, they fear losing him. Through the years, Josef and Willie deepen their friendship, and Ella and Josef decide to emigrate to the US.

This story offers a window into the ways some Germans broke the rules to help their declared enemies. It offers the reader a view into the lives of ordinary people through the last two years of the World War II, Allied occupation, near-starvation, and the agonizing decision to leave Europe and settle in a new land.

Order at:

amazon.com  or barnesandnoble.com …Or have your bookstore order the book.

ISBN numbers are:

ISBN-13: 978-1519181015

ISBN-10: 1519181019

 

Patricia Walkow is an author whose work has appeared in three award-winning anthologies: Corrales Writing Group 2013 Anthology, Corrales Writing Group 2014 Anthology, and Currents, Corrales Writing Group 2015 Anthology. A new set of her short stories is scheduled for publication in a 2017 anthology, titled Passages. She was a columnist for The Glendale [California] News Press, and Bethlehem [Pennsylvania] Globe Times. She has published articles in Albuquerque, the Magazine, the Corrales Comment and Corrales MainStreet News. She was editor-in-chief of Corrales [New Mexico] MainStreet News for three years.

Ms. Walkow also co-authored Where People and Projects Meet, a project-management book offering tools and techniques for managing the people side of projects, published in 2010. Her newest work, a 110,000 word biographical novel, The War Within, the Story of Josef, was published on June 27th, 2016. It is the story of a teenager who grows to manhood in World War II Germany, where he was a slave laborer.

She was awarded third place for her short story, The Far Moist End of the Earth, in the 2016 William Faulkner Literary Competition. Several of her other short stories have won awards from the New Mexico Press Women organization.

 


MAMF exhibit at OffCenter Arts

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MAMF announces new novel coming soon

Museum of the American Military Family To Publish Korean War Novel

At its March Open House, The Museum of The American Military Family announced the acquisition of the novel, Battle Songs: A Story of the Korean War in Four Movements.   Written by Author in Residence Paul Zolbrod, a retired Allegheny College English Professor now living in New Mexico, it will be published by the newly established MAMF Press this spring. It follows four draftees inducted from mining and farming communities in rural Western Pennsylvania to fight in Korea in the early nineteen fifties. There each must each must confront the absurdity of combat within the framework of hisown identity to understand a war that remains unresolved to this day.

Copies are expected to go on sale by early April, with all proceeds slated to help underwrite routine Museum operating expenses. This book comes on the heels of an earlier Museum publication, From the Frontlines to the Home Front, an anthology of reflections of deployment edited by Zolbrod and written by veterans themselves, as well as family members of those who served over a period covering World War II through the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.   Copies are being distributed without charge by way of a series of open discussions sponsored by the Museum thanks to a New Mexico Humanities Council grant. Or they will be available directly from the Museum in exchange for a donation.

Plans are underway for another Museum anthology, War Child: Lessons Learned from Growing Up in War, again, with a family perspective in keeping with the Museum’s mission. Those wishing to contribute a story of their own are invited to do so. It should express a child’s point of view but from all perspectives–service members who were still teen-agers when deployed; adults who as children grew up in a war zone; or children who had a parent or sibling serving in war. Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era, World War II, and all conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience.

The Museum would especially like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. A story can be as long or as short as the writer chooses. Just make it heartfelt, honest, and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss–stories that illustrate the variety of events that impact on day-to-day family life in war times. Potential writers do not have to consider themselves accomplished writers to participate. Editorial services will be available to sharpen contributions when needed. Stories can be submitted online to mamfwriter@gmail.com

The Museum of the American Military family is a non-profit organization with a national outreach headquartered in Tijeras, New Mexico.