Would you race across the English Chanel? What if there was no prize for the winner? What if it was under constant enemy fire? But most importantly, what if it was to rescue over 300,000 English and French soldiers?
“I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove on ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of the war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.”
Under the Covers: 12/18/2016 ~ Integrity
As a writer, as a father, a son and as a man, the one thing I hold most precious is my honor. If I am not a man of my word, a man who is honest in his dealings with other, and a man who stands for what I believe in, that I do not consider myself a good man. I know from personal experiences that trust and integrity are easy to loose, and near impossible to regain once they are lost. Many times in life we will be tested, asked to give up a piece of ourselves, of our self respect, in order to gain a momentary reward. Far to often many have paid that price just to later realize that it is a price that is payed with interest exponentially. The reason I bring all of this up is because I, as a writer and as a business owner, I want to keep my integrity intact. I want people to be able to trust and respect what I do.
So far in my official writing career I have written two books, however I am starting on my third and I have in my mind at lest two dozen more that are ready to go. I want each of my stories to be unique and to be full of passion, inspiring others to think and learn. But most importantly I want them to be 100% mine and my idea. What I mean by that is that I do not want to “borrow” or take from others works and then call it my own. I want to create something unique. Because of this, when thinking of storylines I have always looked at things from a different perspective, and kept my eye out for the small missed stories that have happened in history. Then from there create something magical, something in my own words.
Over a year ago, when I was still writing my first book, I decided I wanted to write a fictional story based on actual historical events that occurred during the beginning of World War II. The story of the Dunkirk rescue and the roll the Little Ships played in the rescuing of nearly 400,000 British and French troops. I have been doing research for over a year on this and have already started writing it. It was in these early stages of my preparation for this book that I found out that they would be making a movie about it, and that moving would be released the summer of 2017. Right away my heart sunk and I got a big knot in my gut. I feared that because there was going to be a movie about the very subject I was writing, that one, people would skip reading my book, opting for the movie instead but more importantly I was worried that people would think that I stole the idea for the book from the movie.
THAT IS NOT TRUE! I have known and studied the story of Dunkirk for more than 20 years. I have a degree in History from ASU and I am an avid history nut, I LOVE military history. I have gone back and forth, debating if I should go through with writing the book or just put it on the shelf for now. It’s frustrating because there has NEVER been any major production in regards to this story, then all of a sudden, now that I am starting to write something about it, a movie comes out. But, after thinking bout it, my goal is to finish it prior to the movies release. The movie will be released in July of 2017, my goal is to have my book out by Memorial Day of 2017. I figure this way, I will prove that the storyline was my own, that I didn’t copy and paste from the movie, and two, I can use the movie promotions to hopefully direct sales to my book. So in the end, I just want everyone to know, that I will always strive to be honest in my work, and in my dealings with my fellow man (and woman).