Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival. Ron Foster, the author of Preppers Road March and the other two books in the Prepper Trilogy, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of all three books in his Prepper Trilogy series.
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. “Neil” has won a copy of The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.
Here is the prepping tip that Neil shared when he entered last week’s book giveaway:
The “Have-More” Plan by Carol & Ed Robinson is a great read on long term, long view prepping. I wish I could do numerous things I have read in the book, but I don’t think I can get away with a mini farm by local codes. Skills and Knowledge are key. Duct tape and paracord will only take you so far; some good tools and the ability to use them are key.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
PREPPERS ROAD MARCH
To set the tone for my interview with Ron, here is a short video to set the scene and get you in the mood for my chat.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RON FOSTER
Tell me about your book, Preppers Road March. What is it about?
A solar storm has just hit the world causing a EMP event. A emergency manager visiting Atlanta GA must find his way back home after this electromagnetic pulse has stranded him away from his vehicle and his beloved “bug out bag”.
With 180 miles to go to his destination, David must let his street smarts and survival skills kick in as food and water becomes scarce and societal breakdown proceeds at an unrelenting pace. An interesting and often funny cast of characters from the Deep South helps the displaced Prepper on his way, as he shares his knowledge of how to make do with common items in order to live another day.
Ultimately, he acquires an old tractor and heads for home on a car-littered interstate. This is book one of the Prepper Trilogy.
What type of research did you have to do while writing Preppers Road March?
Outside of utilizing open source survival manuals to show concepts I already knew, none.
How long did it take to write?
A couple months.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message to you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?
A lot of people find reading a survival book very dry. I teach and entertain at the same time and many people say they prefer to learn this way.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
My background competencies include being a Gemologist (Diamond and colored stone appraiser), series 7 and 63 license (Investment banker), Army soldier and Air Force Airman, corporate administrator and entrepreneur to name a few. Currently I am a fulltime Doctoral student. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Empire State College in Human Services with a specialty in Emergency Management Administration and Planning at age 50. I have a Masters of Administrative Science (MAS) from Fairleigh Dickinson University with 7 graduate certificates.
Certifications include: Alabama Emergency Managers Association (Certified Emergency Manager), National Association Of Safety Professionals (Certified Emergency Management Specialist), FEMA Professional Development Certificate Series awarded, and has Graduate Certificates in: Administrative Science, Emergency Management Administration, Global Security and Terrorism Studies Certificate, Displaced Persons Certificate, School Security & Safety Administration Certificate, Law and Public Safety Administration, and Non Profit Organization and Management.
I also Have a Masters of Science from Capella University in Human Services.
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes, I am a very prolific writer.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I have 21 books in print. Oh – I also have some book trailers. Gaye has shown one above. Here is another.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of all three books in Ron Foster’s Prepper Trilogy have been reserved for one lucky reader. The enter this week’s book giveaway, please enter a comment below describing why you prepare and/or what you are preparing for.
The deadline for all entries is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the random.org website.
THE FINAL WORD
I have learned so much from the survival fiction genre. Oh sure, I know the situations are make-believe but that is part of the fun. By taking potential disaster and collapse scenarios and working through the character’s survival strategies, I can reason how I would act in similar situations.
I will not kid you. Sometimes, the events described in these books are terrifying. I hope they describe a worst case scenario but in case they don’t, I keep on prepping.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Items: Preppers Road March, BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! and The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat are the three books that make up the Prepper Trilogy. The Preppers Trilogy covers what happens after a solar EMP knocks the electrical grid completely out. As you read through the series, you will follow along as a displaced prepper attempts to get home from Atlanta to Montgomery and survive while making do the best he can given the dire circumstances.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Winter 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 Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)
Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)
Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)
An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)
Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)
Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)
Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)
How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)
The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)
The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction
Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)
BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)
The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)
Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)
Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)
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