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, October 26, 2012

42 Days of 666: Day 32 with Dani Kollin

For the next 42 days we're going to be counting down to the release of SEAL Team 666. Why 42? Because it's the answer to the universal question.

Today we have Dani Kollin. I first met Dani at COPPERCON in Phoenix a few years ago. Me and Steven R. Donaldson were the Guests of Honor and it was a treat to see Dani and his brother Eytan showing up with their uber-cool mass market science fiction book. They were like Penn and Teller, only they were both Penn and they were fabulous to watch. Since then I've come to know Dani better and count on him to keep me on the right track. If you haven't read any of his Unincorporated books, then I have to ask why not? They're truly fabulous and original, beginning with the Prometheus Award-winning The Unincorporated Man.

1. What’s your favorite military movie, book or television show?

Favorite tv show is the Galactica reboot. Favorite movie is Das Boot and favorite book is Clancy's, Red Storm Rising.

2. Why is it your favorite? Here’s where you can ramble a bit.

Galactica because it's not specifically military. Because it has to struggle with the need to maintain order while acknowledging the importance of retaining freedom. Das Boot because short of smelling the sweat of the sailors themselves, it was one of the most visceral movie-going experiences of my life and Red Storm Rising because it grabbed me by the jugular and didn't let go.

3. What themes are overused? And is it overused, or just truthful observation?
The angry, disaffected soldier who goes rogue (for good or bad). And yes, it's overused. Disaffection? Sure. Change the world as a result? Not very realistic. Though I understand why it's so often used. No Protagonist, no story.

For more of Dani Kollin's work, check out his short story,  Day by Day.

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Thanks, Dani!

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