Alligator Preserves Episode 51: Dragon Soldier

Robert Goswitz’s debut novel–The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune

In this episode, author Robert Goswitz takes us to Vietnam with Private Ed Lansky in 1971.

I interview Robert Goswitz about his debut novel–The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune–a unique account of a young new draftee’s first tour in Vietnam . . . with a mystical twist!

 

 

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Robert introduces himself and admits the main character, Lansky,
    Author Robert Goswitz

    is based on his own experience in Vietnam.

  • Robert explains why he wrote this book and why it took him “this long” to write it.
  • Military Writers Society of America coach Kathleen Rogers, and his agent Jeanie Loiacono of the Loiacono Literary Agency.
  • Writing tips for authors trying to hone their skills
  • Black Opal Books
  • He talks about the racial divide in America in the ’60s and ’70s and how the same issues arose in Vietnam, though the dynamics
    The author in Vietnam, 1971

    between races disappeared in “the bush.”

  • The irony of Robert’s Americal Award
  • Nixon and his promise to bring the troops home
  • Stars and Stripes Magazine
  • Names in “The Dragon Soldier’s Good Fortune” and characters (like “Chief” based on real people)
  • Importance of “setting” in books
  • Reading as a writer
  • Loneliness and psychological conditions associated with being in
    Photo taken by the author in Vietnam, 1971

    a foreign environment

  • Dragon as good luck in Vietnam
  • the 195th Infantry Brigade
  • Robert reads a passage from his novel
  • Humor, even in harshest situations
  • Lansky’s (and Robert’s) evolution as a soldier
  • The tiger scene and ceremony
  • How Robert chose to end the book, and what’s next
  • Shout-outs to those who helped him complete this project
  • Another photo of the author as a soldier in Vietnam, 1971

    Link to Robert’s Amazon Author Page

  • Robert’s email: rgoswitz@me.com

 

 

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Authors Interviewing Authors!

Author Kaye Lynne Booth recently asked to interview me for her blog, and then sent a lovely press release to the Chaffee County Times Special Edition Mountain Guide!

I’m honored by the time and care she put into this interview and hope you enjoy it too. Find it here:
Author Hides Away in Leadville! (but most people know where to find me!)

I’m anxiously awaiting the shipment of my books for tomorrow’s book launch party . . . hope they’ll arrive between avalanches!

Waterwight Breathe: Book III

Thank you, Kaye Lynne! I love how local authors support other authors in this most competitive publishing environment!

 

 

Alligator Preserves Episode 50: The World of Waterwight!

Waterwight: Book I

In my 50th episode, I present my Waterwight trilogy–a YA fantasy adventure completed this week and available in full today! I talk about its genesis and narrate the first two chapters of Book I.

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Celeste isn’t home yet . . .

Show Notes:

Waterwight Breathe: Book III

 

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Alligator Preserves Episode 49: Love and Love Again!

Me and my man, in our 36th year together!

After my husband suggested I listen to a Hidden Brain podcast about the difficulties of long marriages, I decided to brainstorm about my own thoughts on the matter before listening. I didn’t think we were having any problems (and we’re not, really)!

This is a humorous look at aging in relationships, and

Hugging. Always hugging. And laughing. My Mum and Dad (RIP).

how to make them work!

 

 

 

 

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Love you!

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Short Story 11: The Foxhole

Senior year photo in parade uniform: 1983

“What should my next short story be about?” I asked one of my sons and his girlfriend recently.  They gave me a couple of challenging suggestions, and The Foxhole is the result! It will be included in a “linked short story” collection I’m working on with the link–or common element–being West Point, The United States Military Academy.

Enjoy! Please “Like” it (if you do) and leave me a comment or another suggestion!

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My Dad. He actually gave me the advice in my story!

Show Notes with Links:

  • I read my short story! Take a listen and check out some of my previous episodes and short stories!
  • Link to short story Anchors Aweigh!
  • My author/editor friend Stephanie Spong‘s Amazon Author page
  • All about West Point, USMA
    Everything “Dress-right-dress” in the closet Plebe year!

    Muddy me after “Army training” at Fort Knox, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alligator Preserves Episode 48: “Last Gasp” with Author Howard Levine

Last Gasp, by author Howard Levine. A page-turning thriller!

Author Howard Levine talks with Laurel about “Last Gasp,” his new political thriller, and about his writing process and where he finds inspiration.

Laurel still can’t believe Howard hasn’t read Dan Brown . . . !

 

 

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Author Howard Levine

    Howard Levine introduces himself and his work.

  • Laurel is reminded of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.
  • Link to Howard’s interview in The Big Thrill (Oct ’18).
  • How Howard was able to make readers feel some compassion for his villain.
  • Religious zealotry and its manifestation in our world.
  • Laurel discusses Howard’s stunning sentences and sense of place, and asks about when he knew he could write well. (He had a short story class with author Joseph Heller, who validated Howard’s writing! YIKES!)
  • Howard and Marian Levine in Quebec City, Quebec

    Who inspired him to write “Last Gasp”?

  • Howard discusses his characters and how he comes up with names.
  • Blues singer Susan Tedeschi.
  • Developing the brother relationship.
  • Vietnam Vets Against the War (VVAW)
  • Howard talks about his writing routine and offers advice to writers and authors.
  • Transcendental Meditation in his daily routine.
  • Howard at a reading at Bowie Public Library, Bowie, MD

    Shout-outs!
    Black Opal Books
    Literary Agent Donna Eastman
    Authors Carol Bellhouse and Stephanie Spong (Laurel’s editors!)

If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron! “Please and thank you”~Ron Swanson

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! I’d love it if you “liked” the episodes you listen to, and I’d love it even more if you’d post a quick comment!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 47: Kathleen Kaska Talks Murder Mystery!

Award-winning author Kathleen Kaska visits with Laurel and discusses “A Two Horse Town,” the second book in her Kate Caraway murder mystery series.

An animal rights activist herself, Kathleen focuses on those she relates to best: the underdogs.

She writes in multiple genres, including historical fiction, and also talks about her Sydney Lockhart mystery series and mystery writer “triviography”!

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Show Notes with Links:

Kathleen introduces herself and talks about her involvement in publishing world, and then answers the following questions:
• Why an Animal Rights mystery series? What in your background set you up to be an animal rights activist?
• What did you do as a child for fun?
• Who inspired you to write?
• Would you read a passage from A Two Horse Town, your  most recent novel?
• What is your writing routine?

    Many other books by Kathleen Kaska• You’re  a PANTSER. So many characters! How did you keep track, and were there any surprise characters that popped up as you wrote?

• Please discuss your character’s greatest fear (in “Run Dog Run” Kate’s is failure). What’s her fear in A Two Horse Town?
• What’s YOUR greatest fear?
• IDA! Counterweight to her twin sister Veda. Real people?
• Another scene to read?
• Any personal experience with Native American tribes?
• What’s next for Kate Caraway…how many?
• Sydney Lockhart historical fiction series–Might you come to the Delaware Hotel in Leadville?

• How many more books are waiting for you to write them?
• Do you have a favorite book of yours?
• Shout-out to Black Opal Books
• Preserves?

Kathleen speaks to an audience of fans at Watermark Book Company in Anacortes, Washington!

 

 

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Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly cuppa tea? And by that, I mean please become a patron! “Please and thank you”~Ron Swanson

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60 is NOT the New 40! Alligator Preserves Episode 46

Visit with me as I share a humorous essay about my experiences with medically induced menopause and discuss the (oftentimes ridiculous) realities of aging!

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(coming soon!)

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If you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! I’d love it if you “liked” the episodes you listen to, and I’d love it even more if you’d post a quick comment!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 45: Decade Six!

I believe we do birthdays wrong! To celebrate the start of my 6th decade, I honor those who raised and tolerated me, and those who’ve helped to make me the person I am now.

Thank you, Marilyn Hintsa, for my awesome birthday crown!
I’ve been a lucky girl.

In addition to pieces I wrote about my Mum and Dad, there’s also a poem I wrote for them while they were still alive called “Don’t Leave Me.

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Alligator Preserves Episode 44: Thank You, 2018!

From my family to yours, Happy New Year! Goodbye, 2018!

In this last episode of 2018, I do what everyone says we should do every day: I consider the things I’m grateful for.

Okay, fine, I consider the things for which I am grateful! Like prepositions . . .

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Show Notes with Links:

  • Christmas of ’63 with my sisters (that’s me on the far right)!

    I thank some of the people who have been influential in my life (the podcast would be hours long if I mentioned everyone)

  • I share the essay I wrote for the Redbook‘s America’s Hottest Husband contest (read it in the introduction of my book Hunt for Red Meat (love stories)
  • The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
  • Watch for Waterwight Breathe: Book III of the Waterwight Series in 2019!

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If you enjoy my podcasts, you might enjoy my books!

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! I’d love it if you “liked” the episodes you listen to, and I’d love it even more if you’d post a quick comment!

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