Two years later, in 1777, the US Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the country's flag.
|Washington Crossing the Delaware|
Hau`oli Lā Hānau (Happy Birthday) to the US Army and Old Glory! To help us celebrate, I invited Army Spouse and romance author, Bethanne Strasser, to join the party!
|The Birth of Old Glory|
Kim: How did you become an Army spouse? What has been your favorite assignment? What has been the biggest challenge for your military family?
Bethanne: About 12 years after marriage, my husband finally joined the Army! It's a much longer story than that, starting when my husband was 18 and his parents said, No. Don't join the military now. Go to school instead. And every few years after that until finally, after marriage, 5 kids, 4 jobs, and about 5 moves, he finally joined the Army. I gladly jumped on board. We're pretty new to the scene, and after a year and a half, our biggest challenge has been the separation. My husband did basic training and officer school before we finally met up in GA to live together as a family. Boy were we happy that day!
Kim: How did you become a romance write - who or what helped you along the way?
Bethanne: I studied English literature in college. I loved it, yet on my breaks, I'd dive into romance... I loved that even more. I just fell into writing, I guess. When I was pregnant with my third, I had insomnia and lots of time to do it. So, I did and I haven't stopped since.
Kim: What inspired FOR LOVE OR DUTY?
Bethanne: I'd been writing romantic suspense for about five years or so and pretty much not being successful subbing it to agents and editors. I decided to take a year to write some short novels and otherwise, do something different. I found I loved the lighter voice. It fit me. I've done several novellas since then. Of course, our new life in the Army inspired the setting and characters. Not that I got all the details correct. I tried but still get nervous about that aspect of the story. I hope the next one is even better.
Kim: What's next for Bethanne Strasser?
Bethanne: I'm working on more stories. I have an editor nibbling on a ms I sent them at the beginning of this year. My fingers are crossed over that one. The family is making a move this summer to Colorado so life is ultra busy for us. I'm just enjoying everything about life.
Mahalo, Bethanne, for serving as an Army spouse! I am currently reading FOR LOVE OR DUTY and enjoying it - review to come next week! To celebrate the US Army and Old Glory, I am giving away an electronic copy of FOR LOVE OR DUTY - winner's choice of format. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what you do when you cannot sleep - read? write? drink hot milk?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, June 16, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 17.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Bethanne, check out her blog at bethannestrasser.blogspot.com.