As a young man, I remember leaning against the inside of the TC turret of my armored personnel carrier and reading a new book called Legion of the Damned by this author named William C. Dietz. I really should have been watching the road, especially if we were about to be attacked, but Legion
of the Damned was such a damned good book (see what I did there?) and really something new to hit the military science fiction streets in ages, I couldn't put it down.
Lucky for me, we were just driving the APCs from the rail head at Yermo to the cantonment area at Fort Irwin. There were no real bad guys who were going to attack us. At least not until the exercise at the National Training Center started in a few days. So while every other TC ate dirt and stared squinty-eyed at the vehicle ahead of them, I wore a dust rag around my face and descended into a world where the dying or incarcerated could have a second life as cybernetic soldiers. I was so entranced, that I barely noticed the 104 degree heat. Okay, that last bit wasn't true. The heat had bitch slapped me good and proper and was an unrelenting hell of a gal.
But at least I had Legion of the Damned.
Fast forward 22 years - God, has it been that long? - and I'm writing my own military science fiction. Grunt Life was the first in my new series. I had the temerity to send it to Mr. Dietz. We'd corresponded a few times (he asked that I call him Bill). So I sent him a copy of Grunt Life and after some time, I received an email that I could not have imagined receiving those 22 years ago riding in the hatch of an APC in the middle of the Mohave Desert.
He'd sent me a blurb.
This is what's going on the front cover of Grunt Traitor, the sequel to Grunt Life.
“Add Grunt Life to your list of must-have books.
This is action adventure at its best.”
—New York Times bestselling
author, William C. Dietz
To say that I am honored is beyond words.
To say that I am stunned is obvious.
And to think that a young corporal with dreams of becoming something more, managed to do so.
One of the best things about growing old and becoming a successful author is being able to make friends with those whom I've grown up reading.
It's an awesome benefit to a ton of hard work and inspiration.
If you haven't yet pre-ordered Grunt Traitor, you might think of doing so. Selling out the first print run means I can write more books.
If you haven't yet red Grunt Life, then what are you waiting for. After all, if William C. Dietz likes it, then you know it's great.