|The Mighty Mo docked on Ford Island|
Fleet Week continues with the legendary romance author, Lindsay McKenna. She served in the Navy as AG3, Aerographer's Mate. I recall the Navy's recruitment slogan, “It’s Not Just a Job, It’s An Adventure”. Lindsay has lived that adventure and written about it in her 100+ books. She is known as the “Top Gun of Women’s Military Fiction," with 22 million books sold in 22 foreign languages. Lindsay created the military romance genre in 1983 with CAPTIVE OF FATE. Her most recent release, DANGER CLOSE, is the foundation for a new series, SHADOW WARRIORS, from HQN and HRS. DANGER CLOSE is available as a free dowload on Amazon through October 15 at this link.
Lindsay: My special memory as a Navy veteran was listening to my mother, Ruth, recount the horrors of Pearl Harbor. She was there with my father, when it was hit by the Japanese. It was tough for her to speak about it even in her late 80's, but the memories, the smells, the sounds, were as clear that day, as they were when I finally sat down to see if she'd talk about with me.
Lindsay: I would love to vacation at: Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. I would enjoy going through the US Navy SEAL facility, watch the men and women (2015 they begin training) train in BUD/s as well as go to MacP's, the local hangout on the island, for SEAL brethren and just hang out with them. Authors are great watchers and listeners.
Kim: What does this verse (from Anchors Aweigh) mean to you:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all.
Lindsay: Faith means when things turn bad, you keep moving forward toward your objective. Faith is the internal GRIT that gives you the will to move through adversity . Courage is doing something even if you're scared and have fear. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is about not allowing it to stop you from doing what you have to do. Honor is about one's integrity, one's word, having the other person's back, not lying and always being truthful. It also is the receptacle of our morals and values, as well. How we conduct ourselves every day in our life with honor is my personal goal.
|View of Pearl Harbor from the Mighty Mo|
Mahalo, Lindsay, for your military service ... and your continued support of military families! I look forward to seeing you at the RT Booklovers' Convention, May 14-18, 2014, in New Orleans. To learn more about the convention, including Lindsay's workshops, check out this link. To learn more about Lindsay and her books, check out her website at lindsaymckenna.com.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
|Old Glory aboard the Mighty Mo|