Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Archer Garrett, the author of The Western Front Trilogy, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his complete three-book trilogy including The Western Front, Kratocracy and the Nine of the North.
BUT FIRST, THE WINNERS
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway as well as the winners of the recent Ron Foster Prepper Trilogy encore giveaway.
“Seth” has won a copy of The Mini Farming Guide to Composting by Brett Markham. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Seth answered the question “What, in your opinion, is the biggest mistake you have made relative to your prepping?”
I would have to say my biggest mistake is thought process. I tend to catch myself saying,” i can’t afford to do this or that because I can’t afford the supplies to build this or dehydrated that.”
The two winners of the Ron Foster Prepper Trilogy are “Ron” and “Linda”. You have also been notified by email with instructions for claiming your books.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ARCHER GARRETT
Tell me about your book, the Western Front. What is it about?
The Western Front is the first book of my series of the same name. It is about a slow-slide economic collapse that is leveraged by opportunists in the federal government to gain power, which ultimately results in Texas’ secession. Meanwhile the nation’s southern border is also exploding with violence. The series follows an ensemble cast of characters that struggled to navigate the chaos.
What type of research did you have to do while writing the Western Front?
I studied the violence that is going on right now on the border, to aid in writing that story arc. Borderland Beat is an excellent blog to visit if you’re interested in just how bad it is. Other than that, an occasional military manual and history book helped as well.
How long did it take to write?
The Western Front was started in June 2012, and the Nine of the North was finished in March 2013. There were several other books written during that time as well, but all in all, it took about 10 months to start and finish the trilogy.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading the Western Front?
Faith is important to a lot of the characters, and a return to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers is also embraced.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am a Christian, husband and conservative-libertarian (or a classical liberal). You write about what you know or have a passion for, so these ideals will resound in my work. I enjoy hunting, fishing, firearms, writing and time spent with my wife and dogs.
Do you have plans for another book?
I’ve got a dozen books in my mind on backlog, just dying to get put on paper. There will be more books in the Western Front universe, but I also have plans for other projects as well.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Some of my other works include: Phases, Flashback, Crescent City, The Blighted, Book 1, and Pulse Chaser. In addition, Part 1 of the Western Front is available for free on Amazon.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of the complete Western Front Trilogy has been reserved for one lucky reader. Not only that, but you will have your choice of the paperback or e-book versions. Here is this week’s question:
What is your #1 prepping goal for 2013?
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.
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.
As much as I enjoy my e-book reader, there is something quite satisfying in picking up a real book and flipping through the pages. That is probably not as much of a factor with survival fiction, such as Archer’s Western Front Trilogy, but most certainly it is better, in my opinion, to have print books for reference materials, DIY handbooks and other works of non-fiction.
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Spotlight Items: The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection) Darkness has descended upon the world; the fabric of society has been torn asunder, sovereign nations collapse under their own burdens, once stable governments are ushered into revolution and allies of old are thrust into war. The tentacles of darkness have inevitably traveled across the Atlantic and are now tightening their grip on the American republic.
Now, faced with a collapsing economy, a failing currency and a society that is swiftly casting its humanity aside, the United States stands at the precipice of a bedlam and malevolence not witnessed since the fall of Rome. The story follows several characters who strive to navigate the chaos.
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 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
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
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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