One of the most intriguing aspects of being an author is the research, and I’m often asked how I research for the military suspense I write, since I have only been an Army brat and never served. The dull answer is hours upon hours of reading, watching documentaries, interviewing heroes, immersing myself (as much as I can) in their world. However, it’s not all boring! Invariably, as I dug deeper into the military working dogs (MWDs) for my A Breed Apart series, I met some of the most heroic men and women I write about.
|SGT Kowtko and MWD Igor M064|
My personal decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, 3 Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, 2 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and a ISAF NATO Medal.
|Sgt Kowtko & MWD Igor - bonding|
Aspen Courtland is out to find her missing brother. Only his combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Problem is, after a brutal attack that separated dog and handler, Talon’s afraid of his own shadow. The search is on, but when one mistake means disaster, can Talon muster the courage for one last mission?