EP #22: Part 1 — Novelist, Navy vet crafts newest book from historic events

2Apr

In part 1 of this 2-part series, podcaster Tracy Crow, author, writing coach, and Marine Corps Jeff_Hess.jpgveteran, interviews novelist and Navy veteran, Jeffery Hess, to discover how the 1970s' race riots aboard U.S. ships inspired his forthcoming novel, NO SALVATION, and how he knew to allow his fictionalized version of history -- and his memorable cast of characters -- to set sail on their own purpose-driven course. This incredibly insightful craft discussion about fiction is also chocked full of life lessons, such as Jeff's insistence that societal or literary pressures about who can, or should be allowed to, write certain material based on one's gender or ethnicity are just modern forms of censorship to rebel.

By the way, Jeff is also the author of the novels,TushhogBeachhead, and the story collection, Cold War Canoe Club, as well as the editor of the award-winning anthologies Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform, and Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand. Prior to earning a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida, he served aboard the Navy’s oldest and newest ships. He’s published numerous short stories that recall this period of his life, and he's held writing positions at a daily newspaper, a Fortune 500 company, and a university-based research center. He lives in Florida, where he writes and leads the DD-214 Writers’ Workshop for military veterans.