Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival. Rourke – as he likes to be called – is the author of A Survival Story: Part I. He is also responsible for the very popular prepping website, Modern Survival Online.
Today he shares his answers to my questions and 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. “Deb” has won a copy of Deep Web Secrecy and Security – Guide to the Deep Web and Beyond. Congratulations! A will be contacting you by email with some additional information.
Here is what Deb shared as her number one security concern:
My greatest fear is loosing my food supply that grows in my yard. We grow a large part of our fruits and vegetables around the outside of our house. I want to come up with some type of security that would keep people out of our yard without putting up a mile high fence.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
Tell me about your book, A Survival Story. What is it about?
A Survival Story is a fictional journal written by Jed – a 39 year old man who lives in South Carolina. Jed begins keeping a daily journal to put things in perspective and see if he can figure out where his life is heading. At 39 – Jed has never been married and has no kids. Jed starts the journal two weeks prior to his 20 year high school reunion and at the same time some disturbing world events are happening.
Jed has been a prepper/survivalist for years and begins to intensify his preps as he the news continues to get more and more concerning. Unexpectedly – The Event happens and Jed and the rest of the world will never be the same. Jed continues to write in his journal documenting the struggles he and those around him go through.
Jed works to educate and organize his neighborhood quickly as food stores run out and violence begins to erupt.
A Survival Story: Part I documents the failures and struggles in a typical American neighborhood after a catastrophic events changes everything…..forever.
What type of research did you have to do while writing A Survival Story?
No specific research. I think and plan for this stuff all the time.
How long did it take to write?
I wrote A Survival Story in real time – every night. I started writing June 18th and the final journal entry was on September 12th. What started off as just an idea turned into something I really, really enjoyed. I am not a professionally trained writer and know I make my fair share of grammatical errors – but I am learning. It was fun.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message to you hope my readers will take with them after reading A Survival Story?
Don’t just prepare but THINK. Think about situations and circumstances that you WILL be faced with and then PLAN to accommodate them the best you know how. It is not good enough to have a bunch of beans, bullets and band-aids.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am 42 years old with a wife and two boys – 9 and 13 years old. I live in South Carolina in – you guessed it – a small neighborhood just like that portrayed in A Survival Story.
I have been involved in martial arts in one form or another since my teenage years and for the past 8 years I have been practicing Filipino stick-fighting. Some of my favorite things to do are watching movies, throwing football with my kids, and shooting. I love to garden too.
Do you have plans for another book?
I will be starting Part II on ASurvivalStory.com within a couple weeks. Once Part II is done – I will likely publish it. We’ll see how it goes.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Well, first off I want to thank you for this opportunity. Beyond that, just keep prepping. No one knows what the future holds.
That’s why we prep, right?
The Book Giveaway
A copy of A Survival Story: Part I has been reserved for one lucky reader. You know how I like to make things easy so all you need to do to win is to write up a prepping or survival tip in the comment area below.
A winner will be selected next Thursday at random using tools on the random.org website.
The Final Word
It goes without saying that Rourke has been a friend of Backdoor Survival from the very beginning. I am thrilled that he was willing to participate in the Fall Book Festival and invite you to visit his website at www.modernsurvival.online for a lot of great information on a variety of topics. You will find that Rourke is especially good at the tactical stuff – an area where I tend to be weak.
In closing this week, I echo Rourke’s words:
Keep on prepping. No one knows what the future holds. That’s why we prep, right?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Spotlight Item: A Survival Story: Part I is written by John Rourke at Modern Online Survival. This is the first installment of a fictional daily journal written of “Jed”, a 39 year old man who lives in a small city in South Carolina. Like many, Jed recently started thinking about his life and the mistakes he has made and wants to come up with a plan to determine where his life his headed. He is an active survivalist and has stocked up on a lot of supplies with an emphasis on the basics of “beans, bullets and band-aids”. Follow along as he chronicles his story of survival and more.
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The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Non-Fiction
Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival
Disaster Preparedness: Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents; Disaster Survival for the Family
Survive Any Food Crisis
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning
Deep Web Secrecy and Security – Guide to the Deep Web and Beyond
Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet
The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine
The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Fiction
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