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Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody

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books library (Custom)Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Fall Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine as well as numerous other popular books, 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.  “Bill K” has won a copy of Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet.  Congratulations!  I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your prize.

There were a lot of great questions asked last week and I will be forwarding them on to George so that the two of us can answer them for you in an upcoming article.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

A Chat with Joe Nobody

Tell me about your book, The Home Schooled Shootist. What is it about?

Shootist is an instruction guide that addresses many different aspects of fighting with a carbine. It was written for preppers who are interested in improving their shooting skills for defensive situations. The book includes some very unique practice exercises and drills, as well as hundreds of tips and tricks to improve the operator’s combat effectiveness with a shoulder fired weapon.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Shootist?

With this work, very little new research was required. The hard labor involved documenting what I’ve been teaching for years and presenting it in a fashion that could be digested in book form by the average prepper. Teaching someone in person, face-to-face is completely different than instruction via printed media. We worked very hard to get it right.

How long did it take to write?

That’s difficult for me to answer because I always have four or five books in progress at any one time. I started on Shootist over a year ago, but didn’t work full time on the project. In the last 18 months, I’ve released four instruction guides and three fiction novels. How-to books take more time to write because you must have all the details correctly noted. For Shootist, the ballistics and reloading sections took the longest to pen.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Shootist?

My primary aim (pun intended) with this work was to show preppers some advanced firearm training methods specifically tailored for civilian shooters in defensive roles. Gun fighting has evolved drastically over the last 10 years. The weapons, optics and ammunition currently available have changed the game. Engagement distances are expanding, and combat power is increasing. Virtually every aspect of shooting is advancing at an accelerated pace. If you don’t know how to properly train and drill, you could be underutilizing potential and lowering the chances of survival.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a prepper – a strong believer in self-reliance. I’ve been married to the same wonderful girl for 25 years and have two teenage children. I’m really a Joe Nobody – just an average guy.

I’ve always received a tremendous amount of gratification from helping others, and that’s why I started writing books. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback, so my intent is to continue putting out product that people find helpful.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes. A new, full length novel titled Apocalypse Drift will be hitting the shelves soon, as well as the fourth in the Holding Their Own series with everybody’s favorite preppers – Bishop and Terri.

Apocalypse Drift is a departure in many ways from the typical Joe Nobody novel. It is a story about a family that survives the collapse on a boat. In addition, I have five other works in various stages right now. My goal is to publish six books in 2013.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I want to thank you for giving me a chance to share a little bit about my work. I wish every single person out there the best of luck with their preps!

Joe Nobody Shootist (3)

The Book Giveaway

owl reading bookA copy of The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine has been reserved for one lucky reader.  To be eligible to win, leave a comment below that has something to do with defense.  It could be a tip, a suggestion or a question and does not necessary have to be about firearms.

A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.  Good luck!

The Final Word

I feel so honored to have had so many great authors participate in my Fall Book Festival.  With just a couple of weeks to go, I will soon be announcing my “Winter Book Festival” with more authors and more giveaways.

It is very exciting to me to see so many quality print books and e-Books being published for our prepping community.  As I frequently say, knowledge is power, and the wealth of information gleaned from both fiction and non-fiction entries in the survival niche is gratifying.  For all of you authors out there, keep them coming!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Spotlight Item: Naturally, today’s featured book is The Home Schooled Shootist.  One thing I though I would mention is that the book includes a detailed bonus section on nutrition and shooting written by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger.  It is an interesting discussion and definitely worth more than passing consideration.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Fall 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 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

BOCA CHITA: Prepare. Escape. Survive.
299 Days: The Preparation
299 Days: The Collapse
A Survival Story: Part I
11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life

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22 Responses to “Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody”

  1. It’s very common to advocate the shotgun as the best defense tool. I’d like to share a post written by John Mosby over at Mountain Guerilla that might change some people’s thinking on that front. //

    Like Mr. Nobody, he advocates for training in the use of carbines rather than bothering with shotguns for most purposes.

  2. I bought a neat little carbine a couple years ago that to me is a true all purpose “survival gun”. It is a Marlin 1894 Trapper .44 Mag. It is short, 16 inch barrel I think a very handy size. Capacity is 8 rounds. The rifle is very handy with quick followe-up shots as recoil is minor. It is powerful enough for larger game. I can shoot small game with shotshells. The gun also functions as nearly as quick as an assault rifle as there is a short stroke to cycle the pistol length cartridge. Check it out this very all purpose carbine.It is ideal for the one gun man or woman. A 175 yard shot not would not be out of range.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t answer this sooner – I didn’t see the comment.

      As a survival weapon, a .22 has a lot to offer. Small game, low noise signature, cheap ammo, little recoil (so everyone in the family can learn to shoot).

      As a defensive weapon, it is lacking for a few reasons. Obvious is lack of stopping power. Range is another issue.

      I keep a few .22s in my gun safe, but if I had to defend my BOL, I’m reaching for something with a little more range and stopping power.


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