Broken Pieces

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Author Interview – Maj. Ray Gleason Ph.D.

What inspired you to write your first book? Graduating… my first book was my dissertation.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? Other writers and personal experiences… the Vietnam War, writ large.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? The dangers of having a family member edit the work.

Do you intend to make writing a career? Has been for a while.

How did you come up with the title? From Apollinaire’s poem, La jolie rousse, “Suddenly summer arrives the violent season / And my youth is as dead as the spring” (my translaton).

Can you tell us about your main character? Well meaning, moral people, who want to do the “right thing,” but are often faced with impossible circumstances.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? All the bugbears still lurking around in my subconscious.

Will you write others in this same genre? Fiction, yes… but I’m leaving Vietnam forever.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? What you’ve been told about the men and women who fought the Vietnam war is wrong.

THE VIOLENT SEASON is an epic, expansive collection of heroic short stories centered on the gripping experiences of three young men and their families during the Vietnam War. The book presents a ‘coming-of-age’ narrative that begins in the lush river valleys of upstate New York and on the streets of New York City and provides an insightful perspective of youth and innocence plunged into the crucible of war.

As well, it transcends the “good guys, bad guys” portrayal of human conflict by presenting its readers with a depiction of good people, Americans and Vietnamese, caught up in unthinkably grim and difficult circumstances. THE VIOLENT SEASON celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to triumph over the horror and tragedy of war.

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Genre – Literary / Historical Fiction

Rating – PG13

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