John W. Huffman talks about his latest novel and how a journal he kept during his combat tour of duty in
John W. Huffman was born in Hemphill, Texas, attended elementary school in Pineland, Texas, junior high and high school in Jasper, Texas, and graduated summa cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
John enlisted in the Army Airborne in 1966 and served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, the first as a private, and subsequently a sergeant, with Alpha Company, 1/27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in 1966-67, the second as an officer/aviator with the 120th Aviation Company in 1972-73. He retired as a major in 1986 with three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, sixteen Air Medals, one Army Commendation Medal, two Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medals, and various other service and campaign ribbons.
Upon retiring from the military, John launched a real estate sales and management company, SouthCorp Properties, Inc., which he still owns and operates today. He previously owned and operated seven speedways in five states, created an automobile racing and sanctioning body, the American Racing Association, and developed three touring series.
In 2010 John won two Next Generation National Indie Book Awards for A Wayward Wind and Tiger Woman, and one National Indie Excellence Book Award for The Baron of Clayhill. In 2011 John’s Above All won a Next Generation National Indie Book Award, and America’s Diplomats won a National Indie Excellence Book Award. His latest novel, Searching For Leah, is scheduled for release in July, 2011.
IAN. Please tell us about your latest book.
JH. America’s Diplomats powerfully portrays the
IAN. How long did it take to write the book?
JH. I wrote the first draft of this novel as a memoir and rewrote it in 2010 as Military Fiction.
IAN. What inspired you to write America’s Diplomats?
JH. There were two reasons I wanted to write this book. First, for my son, and second, to honor the men I served with.
IAN. Talk about the writing process. Do you write at night or in the morning?
JH. I write almost every day, starting early in the morning and finishing when I am tired or run out of words. Sometimes I write two or three hours, at others ten or twelve hours.
IAN. Did you use an outline or do you just wing the first draft?
JH. I wrote this story from a journal I kept during my tour of duty as an infantryman in
IAN. How is your book different from others in your genre?
JH. It portrays a side of
IAN. Is your book published in print, e-book or both?
JH. It is in paperback , Kindle, Nook, and all other ebook formats.
IAN. What do you hope your readers come away with after reading America’s Diplomats?
JH. A very real perspective of
IAN. Where can we go to buy your book?
JH. Amazon.com carries it in paperback and Kindle format, Barnes and Noble in paperback and Nook, and Smashwords carries it in all ebook formats.
You can also purchase it through Goodreads and The Independent Author Network, or receive signed copies from my website, http://www.johnwhuffman.com
IAN. Tell us about your next book or a work in progress.
JH. I am currently putting the finishing touches on Searching For Leah, which is a love story about a witch and a race car driver.
IAN. Any other links or info you'd like to share?
JH. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter under John W. Huffman.
Page count: 568
Genre: Military Fiction
In the five hundred years following the Burning Times, the colorful members of Council have attempted to govern their Craft, once the most powerful religion on earth, with their twelve individual tribal members while they await the enlightened one, a thirteenth member who holds genetic links to each of the twelve tribes. Forced to practice their craft in secrecy due to the persecution and false accusations of other religions until the modern era, they are now viewed as something of an amusing oddity, if not outright lunatics, by society in general. By chance, they discover Clint Long, a rakish, devil-may-care racecar driver who carries eleven of the genetic links and Council hastily adapts a somewhat dubious plan to gather his seed to complete the long sought after twelfth linkage. In this noble quest, they select Leah as the vessel to bear his child, a young, beautiful maiden raised in the swamps of