edited by Kristina Wright
Do you have a connection to the military? (Married, dated, served,
related?) What branch?
My connection to the military is through family members. Both of my
grandfathers served in World War II, one in the Navy and one in the
Army. A number of my uncles served in Vietnam, again with the Army and
Navy. Finally, a cousin of mine served with the Army in Iraq.
If this was your first time writing a military-themed story, what
inspired you and what did you find challenging about it?
I had seen one of Kristina’s call for submissions when time was short
to get the stories into her. I had only planned on passing the
information on to a number of friends as I had absolutely nothing
written that would fit the theme. That night when I was falling
asleep, I had a vision of a woman crying, and the first line of the
story came in a flash. I hurriedly wrote it down and then took myself
back off to bed. I spent the next few days plotting out the story and
writing it. The most challenging thing for me was making sure the
emotion I felt in that first scene carried through the whole story.
What are you working on now and where can we find out more about you?
Right now I’m working on a few projects, rewriting one novel, plotting
out the one I’ll be writing after when I finish with the first, and
toying with a short story featuring a former rugby player. So, nothing
final and ready to be talked about at this point 🙂 I can be found on
the web at www.kellymaher.com and on Twitter as @kmmaher.