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BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  A. American, the author of Going Home and Surviving Home, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one reader with a free copy of both books.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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Tell me about your books, Going Home & Surviving Home. What are they about?

There are two, the first is Going Home and the sequel is Surviving Home. Going Home follows Morgan Carter on an odyssey across the state of Florida after all power, all cars simply quit. Morgan is 250 miles from home when this happens. Being a prepper he has a pack and quickly figures out the only way it was going to happen was to walk. The book chronicles the walk back to his family and the people he meets along the way, good and bad.

Surviving Home picks up where Going Home leaves off. All his walk home what was happening with his family gnawed at Morgan, he finally makes it and now must deal with the reality there. In many of these sorts of novels the community pulls together and aid one another. Of course there is always one guy that is the problem. In Surviving Home we look at a community that simply cannot pull together for a number of reasons.

How do you survive when everyone around you is simply out for themselves?

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

For Going Home my research was conducted over years, though at the time I didn’t know it. On Morgan’s walk home I list the route in detail, place names, roads and land marks, they are all real. I’m a Florida native and this route was one I drove very often, I know it like the back of my hand. When it came to writing Going Home all I had to do was close my eyes and drive the route, I could see it all.

How long did they take to write?

The first book in the series was completed in ninety days. I wrote it on an internet forum just for fun. After nearly two million on line views it has taken on a life of it’s own.

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

For both Going Home and Surviving Home the hidden message, not so hidden really, is simply to take responsibility for your and your family’s life. Prepare, be ready and keep an eye on the horizon less the storm catch you while at sea.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

This year I celebrate my twenty-third anniversary.  We have three beautiful daughters who are truly good girls in this modern world where kids often turn into nightmares. I’ve been a Prepper since the early 90’s, an active woodsman and recreational shooter.  Prepping is simply part of my life, it isn’t something I do, it’s something I am.

Do you have plans for another book?

Escaping Home released in October.  It is the third book of the series and there will also be a fourth.

The Book Giveaway

A copy the both books, Going Home and Surviving Home, have been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

How would you survive if everyone around you was simply out for themselves?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Thursday and the winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.  Also note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and he or she will have 72 hours to claim the winning book.

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.

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The Final Word

The message in A. American’s books is clearly one of personal responsibility.  As I make my way through Surviving Home, I find myself pondering the possible choices I would have to make if I were in a similar situation.  That is why I love survival fiction:  it makes you think and it opens your mind to new possibilities.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  A American

Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.

Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared?

In Going Home, readers were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation’s power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come. Though for years Morgan has been diligently preparing for emergency situations, many of his neighbors are completely unready for life in this strange new world—and they’re starting to get restless.  With the help of his closest companions, Morgan fights to keeps his home secure—only to discover shocking information about the state of the nation in the process.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)


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69 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American”

  1. Oh my goodness,Harry &I really enjoyed your five books! It really has us thinging about howto survive and we grew up in the northeast, me in central NY Fngerlake &Great Lakes areas& I can go fishing by myself(dad killed squirrels, etc. with whatever he could use) or with hubby, hubby Harry grew up in Pennsylvania, he hunted a lot to help feed his parents & sisters!Me I fish and garden. We work well together doing things to help us survive now. Currently we live in Penrose,Colorado and while not crazy for some of our neighbors we try to see what we can do to help each other.Know if we need to we can filter water, use freeze dried food or MRE’s have camp stove, other camping stuff. Will you write more books is what we want to know adn hope you do,please? Thank you,Joan&Harry

  2. I think that I could walk at least 300 miles to get to family. It might take me a long time and several pairs of shoes. I feel like I can do whatever is necessary.

  3. If an EMP hit, I am usually no further than 30 miles from home. I have my emergency vehicle kit & a backpack ready to walk home. Think things thru, don’t panic & take one mile at a time. Nights would be difficult – but being aware of a place to bed down to conserve energy and get rested. Then start again taking one mile at a time – watch for dangers – bad people included. After reaching home & getting energized again would be a blessing. Being chased from your home to another location is another whole ball game. Don’t panic – think things thru and take the best course of action.

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