Join Merchants of War writers, Rick Partlow and Drew Avera, as they answer some interview questions in this five-part series.
- Where are you from?
Rick: Brandon, FL.
Drew: Meridian, MS, but currently live in Chesapeake, VA.
- What was your biggest interests growing up?
Rick: Space, dinosaurs and the Army.
Drew: Army movies, comic books, and music.
- When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Rick: When I was in HS, I began writing my first book.
Drew: When I was sixteen, I read “What Savage Beast” by Peter David. It was a novel based on the Incredible Hulk. It showed me that books could be cool if I found the ones I was interested in. After reading it three times, I decided I wanted to write a book one day. It took another fourteen years before I did it.
- Did you have friends, family, or teachers who inspired you to write?
Drew: Not at first, but I found several friends online in the author community that inspired me to keep going.
- Do you still have a copy of the first thing you wrote?
Rick: No, it got thrown out during one of our moves.
Drew: No. My first attempt was while on deployment in 2007. It was a dystopian book I called “A General’s Hart” and I made it three pages before abandoning it. I do have the draft of the next book I attempted before completing my first book, “Exodus.”
Learn more about Rick Partlow at his website.
Learn more about Drew Avera at his website.
Stay tuned for more questions and answers in this five-part series!
Read Rick and Drew’s first book in the Broken Arrow Mercenary Force series today!