We have the pleasure of featuring “Early Fourth of July” in our anthology, Forging Freedom. The story appears in the section, Ancestors & Inspirations.
I am a mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, author, and love to help aspiring authors.
Tell us about your story in Forging Freedom.
When my husband was stationed in Guam, I was the manager of the base child care center. I had served in the Air Force and had a Top Secret Clearance at that time. Due to the fact I still held the clearance, I was called to attend a high priority meeting and was requested to assist in the evacuation of Vietnam which was in the beginning stages. Having had firsthand knowledge and experience on the flight line, I was asked to board the arriving planes and escort the refugees to the hangar where they would be processed in. It was a humbling and moving experience that awoke the heart to appreciation and gratefulness to be an American.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I always thought about it, but for so many years, life got in the way.
What is your “day job”?
I am retired and writing is now my “day job”.
Who is your favorite character in your book, and why?
One of my favorite characters is in a work in progress. Her name is Roxie and she lives life on her terms.
Are any elements of your story autobiographical or inspired by elements of your life?
Not really, although many of my characters are based on close family members.
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever been?
I lived in a haunted house in Texarkana, Texas.
Tell us about your writing routine or space.
My personal bedroom is my “space” shared by three small furbabies and visited often by a couple of cats.
What’s your favorite scene or location in the work you’re currently promoting, and why?
My latest release, has my favorite scene on the front lawn of Eagle Creek Manor since that’s where the most dramatic action takes place.
What book or author has been most inspirational for you, and why?
J. K. Rowling and Stephanie Myer since they persevered and didn’t allow life to stop them.
If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what non-survival item would you bring along that you couldn’t live without?
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I am always working on projects and I have two “almost”-ready-to-submit manuscripts that I work on daily when I’m not editing for DWB Publishing.
Take any two of your favorite stories, what interesting mashups could you see (hero/villain hero/hero cooperation villain/villain domination)?
I can see my little Professor allowing the Shadow Army to assist the The White Light Army in destroying the world of Elemental.
Finally, where can we find you? (blogs, website, facebook, twitter, etc.)
You can find me at www.bobbieshafer.com, Dancing With Bear Publishing Site, Twitter, FB. Amazonauthorpage.com, Amazonbooks, Caliburn Books, and Malachite Quills Publishing.
Forging Freedom was published September 17 on Constitution Day. The book features fiction and non-fiction stories from authors around the world.
Written by veterans, entrepreneurs, citizens, and writers from all walks of life, the book contains fictional tales of freedoms lost and won, essays on the current state of freedom throughout the world, and stories of freedoms imagined in a distant future or whimsical world.
“The contributors of Forging Freedom come from all walks of life, but are bound by their burning passion for liberty,” Michelle Malkin, author, blogger, and small business owner, “Read this book. Share these stories with your children. Keep the flame burning!”
Reason Magazine’s Katherine Mangu-Ward called the anthology, “A fun, fast, and fascinating read for anyone who loves liberty.”