About Chad Rickard:
Chad Rickard was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. At the onset of the first Gulf War he opted to follow a family history of veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars and Vietnam. He spent the majority of his adult life in service to his Nation with the United States Army, serving in combat around the globe as an infantryman. Chad is currently retired and living in Central California with his family.
What inspires you to write?
The ability to share my life experiences so others can appreciate the sacrifice of our veterans. I enjoy giving detailed, first-person accounts of combat that less than 1% of our population have experienced.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
John Grisham, Vince Flynn, Oliver North, Nelson DeMille, Stephen Hunter
Tell us about your writing process.
I kept a detailed journal throughout my military career and particularly from my combat deployments. I used the journal to plot the story line and basically wrote it out as if I were sitting around a campfire telling friends about my experiences.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just sit down and start writing. Getting started was the hardest part for me. Once I got a few words on paper it just seemed to flow. I would also say, do not be so critical of your first draft. I suffered from a life-long struggle to be "perfect" on the first try. This slowed me down at first, until I accepted that there will be many edits.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to self-publish to avoid the stress of "selling myself." I knew I had a good story and wanted to share it as quickly as possible.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see a drastic swing towards self-publishing and I like the opportunity to get it down without the struggle of finding someone who believes in you.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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