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WHO'DA THUNK IT? PRESS ON and work towards your goal!
by Dale Brown, [IMAGE]2014


[MEGAFORTRESS.COM image] The 99 cent sale of "Day of the Cheetah" this week and my little blurb about the history of the genesis of my third novel has generated an enormous and quite unexpected number of questions and comments about the process, so I thought I'd better elaborate...

...and the big secret to let you in on: I had ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE what I was doing!

Let me take you back to 1980 (the Neolithic era for most of you out there). A know-nothing Air Force first lieutenant (who still fails to notice that airmen on base salute him on the street with their left hand instead of their right and who call him "Brown" (or worse) instead of "Sir" or "Lieutenant") is intellectually barely able to keep his head above water as he learns all he needs to know about the B-52 bomber forces' contribution to MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction--the stated strategic defense posture of the United States, which vows to respond with overwhelming force against any unprovoked attack against the United States of America, primarily from the Soviet Union.

But this first lieutenant's eyes are beginning to open, and the realization of what the job is, and what the public does not know about the job, begins to really sink in. His new goal (completely contrary to Strategic Air Command and Air Force doctrine) is to try to describe and rationalize this reality. How do you explain to the world that your job is to destroy entire cities? What if you have plans in hand to destroy a military base or isolated outpost, just to prove you could do it?

In just a few short years I the newly minted USAF captain was a civilian, sworn to maintain the secrets Ihe was taught but aching to tell the world about what COULD have been and what was anticipated and planned to occur. He was proud of the training Ihereceived and of his proficiency to accomplish the mission that he was assigned.

All that begat "Flight of the Old Dog" and the next six novels that followed. My goal was simple: remain true to my buddies still in uniform, but tell the story that I didn't think the American public was being told about the Cold War. I also wanted to tell the world about what MIGHT be possible if a bold, audacious, talented, and dedicated aviator took it upon himself to take the fight directly to the enemy.

So let's jump to 1986. The captain has exited the U.S. Air Force (for a variety of reasons). I He has two 600-plus page novels on cassettes and 5.25" floppy disks (remember those?) telling his stories about how he thought the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America should be run in opposition to foreign invaders.

Thankfully, there were two guys out there who were already blazing the literary market trails for him: Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts. "Flight of the Old Dog" was simply considered the "Air Force" version of these two Navy novels, and I was (somewhat) accepted into the fold. I had visions of appearing on "Phil Donahue" with Clancy and Coonts. That never happened. Stephen is a good friend. Tom at least acknowledged I wrote a couple interesting books. That's cool, dude. Thank you.

OK, I'll stop talking about myself in the third person:

Here's the bottom line, folks: develop some goals and objectives, stick with them, and roll with the bumps and barriers as they emerge. Decide EXACTLY what you want to say. Tweak your message as you go along, but CHOOSE A PATH and DEFEND IT! Make it yours! Defy all the experts and pundits! Make an argument and STICK WITH IT!

Stay tuned all. We'll talk more!

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