IR Approved Author David Wilson on His Motivation: “The money is just a bonus, the real thrill is seeing people reading…the book.” 

Lone Star Odyssey received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author David Wilson.

What is the name of the book and when was it published? 

The title is Lone Star Odyssey, published on 4 May 20

What’s the book’s first line?  

After spending the last four and a half years working in Afghanistan I some how found myself driving back to the last place I wanted to be, Washington D.C.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

This book is about a man’s struggle to get back to his wife and kids after the US is attacked with a series of attacks aimed at not defeating the US but totally destroying it from within. The main character is in DC when the attacks begin, while his family is in Houston, Texas.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

This is a tough question but I would have to say my Grandfather influenced me more then anyone.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

There are a lot of books out there about how the world would be after an EMP. Many of them do not talk about or actually cover how the characters in the story survive. I have been criticized about going into too much detail about the equipment I write about, but I have lived most of my adult life in some of the worst places in the world and have always studied how the locals live and thrive. While my book is fiction I actually try and give examples of how to survive in different situations.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

His drive or focus to get home to his family combined with his sense of responsibility for the small group of fellow travelers.  To answer the second part of the question I would have to say he is made up of several of our Wounded Warriors I have had the honor to work with and know. They have taught me there is nothing that can stop someone that has the desire and drive to do anything.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)? 

I would definitely have to go with Keanu Reeves.

When did you first decide to become an author? 

I started writing as a way to stay awake and alert on long periods of surveillance when doing insurance fraud investigations as a PI after I retired from the USMC.

Is this the first book you’ve written? 

No, I have a couple of others laying around in boxes in my attic that I will have to get out one of these days after I’m finished with this series.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I work as a Subject Matter Expect for one of the government agencies.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing? 

I attempt to write at least 4 to 10 pages a night now.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?  

Easy question, the editing is the worst and hardest part.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Publish it, put it together and get it out there. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?

That is a tough question. To be honest I don’t know. I like being an indie, making my own decisions.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?).

The money is just a bonus, the real thrill is seeing people reading something you did and enjoying the book.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire? 

John Ringo, David Weber and Louis L’amour.

Which book do you wish you could have written? 

A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo.