Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Interview with author Jil Plummer

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into book?

A coffee shop acquaintance attempted to commit suicide. I knew he was a Vietnam war veteran with PTS and was curious about what caused his problem so, when he returned from hospital, I made a point of talking to him and eventually learned his story. It showed me a different side to any I had heard before on TV or read about.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader

John Davison, a young, idealistic college graduate, volunteered for the US army and was sent to Vietnam. There he was posted as a guard in the infamous Longbien prison for American military men
accused of crimes. On John's first night the prison erupted into one of the worst rebellions in US military history. Understaffed and with cell blocks destroyed the young Private Davison had to contend with
desperate, violent men most of whom hated him.Then came news of the anti-war marches back home and John saw he was hated there too. He felt abandoned.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting for readers who finish your book? What should remain with
them long after putting it down?

I want people to understand how terribly they can hurt others by following their own ideals without thinking of peripheral consequences

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

Find a reason for your story to show and promote understanding and empathy in the reader for another side of life

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is

I think people will always want print books and audio. I also believe that good publishers, minus agents, are the only way for the average person to go.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?

It is always difficult to get people to remember the little things. For me the hardest part at first was to find the real reason for John's PTS.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?  

They will be immersed in a different view of the Vietnam war and take an exciting journey into an important part of America's past.

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