Today I share another interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Joe Nobody, the author of Apocalypse Drift, is back again for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions. He is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.
“Tammy” has won a copy of Staying Home. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Tammy answered the question “Do you consider yourself a beginning newbie, an intermediate or an experienced prepper?”
Newbie! I’ve got my emergency toilet, solar battery chargers and batteries, and the extra food I’ve stockpiled over the past year was very handy in sending my kid to grad school this fall. Working now on expanding my stores and hard currency back ups. This book would be great; my father-in-law lives with us and is too frail to bug-out.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN ENCORE INTERVIEW WITH JOE NOBODY
How did you come up with your pen name “Joe Nobody”?
I decided to use this pseudonym for a couple of reasons: first, in the tactical world, there is always someone better, more skilled, more experienced… with a new method. Professionals know this and always approach both learning and teaching with the attitude of, “I’m just a Joe Nobody.” They embrace training opportunities with a humble, absorbent mindset – eyes and ears wide open. They take away the lessons that make sense for them. I want my readers to do the same with my instruction guides, deciding for themselves which concepts are beneficial for them. My desire is to initiate the creative juices, not stand on a pedestal and dictate that “my way is the only way.”
The second reason I chose that name is because I try and pen my instruction guides at a level that can be followed by any Joe Nobody. Many preppers have jobs, children and family responsibilities, so they can’t train all day, every day, like professional operators. And let’s face it, most of us are not in our prime. My work is for average, everyday Joes.
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
I have a wife of 22 years and two teenage children (14 & 17, girl and boy). My bride is a natural-born prepper and strong believer in self-reliance. We have tried to instill similar values in our children. We’ve done this not because we think the apocalypse is imminent, but because we want our offspring to understand that the less they are dependent on someone else, the more freedom they will have in life. Mrs. Nobody and I both believe this makes for happier, more productive people.
It also helps with parenting. I know my children will never starve as long as they have land to use for survival. I know they’ll never die of dehydration. We haven’t taught them these skills because we think they’ll need them tomorrow. We’ve educated them because it builds self-confidence and raises their esteem.
Will either of them ever need to know how to filter water using campfire charcoal? Probably not. Are they stronger, more confident kids because they know how? Yes.
Personally, I believe our country would be a better place if all able-bodied Americans of sound mind could fend for themselves. If we all knew how to grow and gather food – if we were confident we could survive without help from anybody – people would live happier, more meaningful lives. Look at the success of Eagle Scouts and how well they do throughout life.
I believe the skill to sustain ourselves should be required learning, like the ability to pass a driving test or a prerequisite for high school graduation.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of Apocalypse Drift has been reserved for one lucky reader. Today I am going to ask you the same question I asked Joe:
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the random.org website. In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
THE FINAL WORD
As many of you know, Joe is a prolific writer and has many outstanding titles under his belt. He has been a big supporter of the Backdoor Survival book festivals and for that I am grateful. Having read a number of his books, I do agree that they are suitable for the average Joe – or Jane – and that even with his fiction, we can learn valuable lessons from the characters that he brings to life for our entertainment and our learning pleasure.
In addition to today’s interview and giveaway, Joe will be back next week for one more question and one more giveaway. See you then!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: Today’s featured book is Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody.
For years, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security issued warnings – the United States was vulnerable to a cyber-attack. It was 2017 when the attack was finally launched, coming from a direction that no one had predicted, with consequences beyond imagination. Wyatt and his family were already on the down and out. Years fighting through a struggling economy, tight credit, and government regulations had already taken their toll.
When society collapses, they have one chance left – a lifeboat awash in a sea of anarchy. There is a place of safety, a deserted island nicknamed Crusoe – but it won’t be easy. The journey requires passage through a landscape decimated by riots, ravaged by desperate looters, and plagued by ruthless pirates. Apocalypse Drift is the adventure of an everyday American family as they fight for survival in a world gone mad.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – NON-FICTION
The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Survival Medicine Handbook
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – FICTION
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11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: This little book will provide you with the motivation to get started or stay on track with a self-reliant life. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with my long time pal, George Ure (www.urbansurvival.com), and can purchased from Amazon.