All of my stories have some truth in them. Maybe it’s observed truth, or something I heard rather than witnessed, or possibly the only germ of truth is a date or a location. My being lazy and having done nothing notable during my life, I don’t write novels or memoirs. I stick with short stories.
Our latest, Vietnam: Stories from a War, is a small collection of stories set in the years between 1964 and now. All these stories also have that element of truth, frequently someone else’s truth. They are fictional short stories that I’ve wanted to write for a long time.
I was in Vietnam in 1966-67 and in 1967-68. The first year was in 1st Logistics Command at Long Binh and the Michelin rubber plantation, the second year at Di-An base camp, headquarters of the 1st Infantry Division. Neither year was I a combat soldier; instead, I was one of the many support troops needed to keep the real warriors in the field. Any mention of combat in my stories was derived from events related to me by real soldiers.
Printed copies of Vietnam: Stories from a War are available through our website (https://authorchucksmith.wordpress.com/) and e-books are available from all the usual suspects. But… how do we market it and what will make anyone want to purchase yet-another book about a war that happened 50 years ago?
Unfortunately for me, these are hypothetical questions. I haven’t a clue. I’m the author, writer, scribbler. Fortunately, I have friends who seem to know how to market such things. Let’s hope we’ll sell a few copies, but in the meantime, learning about the process has been a real education.
Stay tuned. This story isn’t finished yet.