Holy moly, been furiously writing away, trying to continue a story arc for a science fiction story. But I peeled myself away from it to add another post to #SupportIndieAuthors! Without further ado, I give you Bob!
Bob Krenzel grew up in New Jersey and studied History at Rutgers University; he earned his Master’s degree in Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. An Army officer for almost 24 years, he is retiring this year, having served on six deployments to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has been happily married for over twenty-two years, and has two children who are his pride and joy. He currently resides in the Kansas City area and is active with church, Scouting, local schools, and veterans’ issues.
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“This Glorious Cause” is a young adult historical fiction novel set during the American Revolution. Gideon Hawke is a young man from Lexington, Massachusetts on the verge of adulthood, facing hard choices about life and love. All of his expectations are shattered when fighting breaks between British troops and the local militia on Lexington Common. As war engulfs the American colonies, Gideon is at the epicenter, fighting for his life in some of the defining battles of American history. Along the way he discovers himself, his purpose, and a Glorious Cause.
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1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review? First of all, I try to remember that I will never please everyone, and that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just because one reviewer, or several dozen, do not care for my work does not make me less of a writer or a person. Second, I always try to ask, “What can I learn from this?” If something a reviewer says helps me grow as an author, then he or she is doing me a favor, and I am grateful.
2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story? My kids are my inspiration to write. I have tried to share with them my love of reading from the beginning (my wife and I read to them before they were born), and it is joy to see them lost in a book. My inspirations for many of the specific characters in the Gideon Hawke Series are the remarkable men and women with whom I have worked as a soldier. Whether on the home front or the battlefield, whether civilian or military, I have met my share of heroes, and even a few villains. And more than once I said, “If I put this in a book no one would ever believe it!” I hope I was wrong.
3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you? More than a few! To narrow it down, my kids threw down the gauntlet and got me writing. My wife encouraged me, and at a critical point of self-doubt she read a draft and told me to be true to my characters, especially Gideon and Ruth. She understood where they came from, and where they are going, and kept me on course.
4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life? It taught me that I can do it, and I am not alone. The idea of self-publishing was daunting at first, but I have to give credit to CreateSpace for making it far easier than I expected. GoodReads has been especially helpful in showing me that there are people out there, like me, trying to get their stories heard, and also that there are plenty of people who still really enjoy a good book!
and last, What’s your favorite color? Blue. No, yel…