I’ve been asked more than once why I’m writing a novel about someone attached to the WWII German Wehrmacht. My dear wife, too, seems worried about my subject matter. I have one huge, personal reason: the pilot in question, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, surrendered to the US Army Air Force unit that included my father. Too, Rudel […]Read More By Way of Explanation….
These days, non-fiction writing isn’t so different from the skills and structure of fiction. Or at least it doesn’t seem so on the surface. But one of the ways it remains a separate entity (aside from the skunky sort writers make up and claim to be the real thing) is in way it's structured. I […]Read More Non-Fiction as Instructive Structure
It's hard to categorize war memoirs by lower-level warfighters – most are written and published with little or no editorial help, so they vary in style, content, and tone. Too, most are an unpredictable mixture of personal remembrances, marbled with more widely dashes into known history. Red Star Airacobra won't deviate from that rough format […]Read More Red Star Airacobra, by Evgeniy Mariinskiy