Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Tim O’Brien, Cormac McCarthy, David Eggers, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Ursula K. Le Guin, Pillip Gourevitch
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Things They Carried, The Border Trilogy, Random Family, Zeitoun
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I’m a science and philosophy buff and read anything on those subjects I can get my hands on
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Form follows content (in writing and in life)
What is your favorite quote?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.–Robert A. Heinlein
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: How do you cope with the brutalities you’ve witnessed in warzones?
A: I can always leave and return home. The subjects I write about often don’t have that choice, and that’s the truly compelling question—how do they cope?
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been driven by a desire to see that the stories and truths of the American war in Afghanistan are not lost to history
Where do you write?
In the library.