I should have know I’d be a writer. When I was ten I used to record stories on my red tape recorder. (You know, the rectangle kind with the big black buttons and the microphone you could plug in.)
Right now I’m in the midst of creating a new story, yet I long for the days when I could make something up in my mind, just say it into a tape recorder, and then share it with my mom, grandma, and aunts, glowing in their applause.
Things are more complicated now. Just a little.
I’m currently writing the first book in three-book series about The Spanish Civil War. Have you heard of it? No? Well, most people haven’t. I first heard about this war when researching for my soon-to-be released novel Arms of Deliverance. (Yes, that was a shameless plug.)
Anyway, during my research, one of the autobiographies mentioned the author was a veteran of The Spanish Civil War. Say what?
So I started looking into it, and I was amazed. I won’t go into all the details, but basically the people of Spain had elected a liberal government. One of the generals (Franco), the wealthy folks, and the Catholic Church didn’t like that so much (because they were losing power). There was a revolt, which Franco believed would result in him having control of the country in a matter of weeks. He had confidence, of course, because he also had Hitler and Mussolini on his side providing weapons and troops.
Instead of an easy fight, Russia helped out the common people (many of them who leaned toward Communist, Socialist and Anarchists beliefs). BUT in addition to that, volunteers came from all over the world to help the people fight, including nearly 3,000 Americans. Whew.
Amazingly, some of the men who volunteered in 1936 are still alive and helping me with research. Is that cool or what?!
Of course, I’m sorry to say that if you’re eager to read this trilogy (which I hope you are) the first book won’t be released until Feb 2007. (After all, I’m still writing it!–Though it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Imagine that.)
In the meantime, feel free to get a copy of Arms of Deliverance. It’s an awesome story . . . if I say so myself!
Enough said . . . I’m back to Spain. Adioas.