ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Review in Shroud Magazine - Empire of Salt

Shroud Publishing  reviewed my novel Empire of Salt. So far everyone likes it. Isn't it odd that a big guy like me can write a story with a 19 year old girl as the star?

In my first novel, Scarecrow Gods, I have a host of male characters, from a young teen boy, to an aged African-American, terribly disfigured Vietnam War vet, to a Roman Catholic Monk, to a homeless man who speaks only in palindromes and anagrams. Guys I can do. Guys are easy. Even my next three novels had strong male leads. So why did I decide to have a 19 year old girl as the hero?

Because I've always been surrounded by strong women and know what they are about. From my wife, to my mother, to all my girl friends, there's not a wilting lily among them. Firm and decisive, yet soft and beautiful, those are the types of women I am used to and the types of women I write. Not to mention that I have a 19 year old daughter, so getting into the mind of a teenager wasn't so hard.

Anyway, thanks to Shroud Magazine for the stellar review. We are one step closer to getting a second printing.

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