Thursday, June 9, 2022

Interview With Military Author Eric B. Forsyth​

1.  What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book? 

Referring to Wings over the Channel, this is the second book of a trilogy. The three follow the career of a young RAF pilot from his initial posting in Iraq in the late 1920s to early ‘30s. In the next book he is very involved with development of radar as a defense for the British Islands. He also becomes involved with an appeasement group which has been penetrated by German Intelligence. Both these books follow closely actual events of the time with fictional details added.  I wrote about the period because as a young man I talked to RAF pilots who had served in Iraq before WWII.  I was also always interested in the immense effort the British did to implement a radar defense and I have read a lot of history about the 1930s, especially about the ‘Cliveden Set,’ an upper-class appeasement clique in the UK.  Combining these threads into a series of novels was my motive. The third novel will cover flying in WWII. 


2. What is it about and who is it for? 

The books are about the period before WWII and the third novel, Wings over Germany, is about the war itself.  Readers who like war stories, espionage, and military flying should enjoy the series. 


3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it? 

A reader would gain a little actual history about events before the war and during the war.  Life in Britain during the war is based on my own memory, as I was a teenager when the war ended. 


4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? 

The titles are straight forward descriptions of the novel’s contents.   The cover design ideas have been mine in cooperation with the designer, Jay Pizer. 


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

It is much easier to write a book than to market it! 


6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 

Print books will probably become obsolete as time goes on.  The future is e-books, I think. 


7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book? 

I am not a natural writer. I forced myself to put down 500 words a day, which could be revised later. 


8. How would you describe your writing style? 

I am afraid my style is sparse. I was trained as an engineer to write succinctly. Thus I often have to go back and add descriptive support. 


9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? 

I realize I am aiming for a niche audience. Probably my reader would be a man who enjoys flying stories. I have included in these books much of my own firsthand experience flying fighters. 


The author, who was born in England, was an RAF pilot, and is an award-winning global sailor and retired engineer. His first book, "An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing," was among Kirkus Reviews' 100 Best Memoirs of 2018. For more information, please see:



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