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BOOK COVER ONE

MY STORY

I cannot explain why I love writing, though at times I get bored with the process. I was never any good at English at school and could not spell at all. I often failed the subject more than past it. However, I did love composition times, where I could let my imagination run wild. That was one thing I did have to my advantage, I suppose.
Growing up in the small community of Hay, NSW back in the sixties, television was new. We only had two channels. It was only on for about six hours per day. There were no video games, no computers. We made our fun out side playing. From these games, we created our own games. At the time, my father’s parents lived with us. Pa would always come over about six p.m.to watch Bonanza or High Chaparral. I would watch them with him, growing up on these western shows. I seemed to have fallen into the western genre, thanks Pa Bennett.
When we moved from the river area of Hay to the main business area when mum and dad brought a business in town, Saturday mornings were spent going to the local movie theater. I loved the westerns that they showed. It seemed every week was a western. I later learnt that Peter, the gentleman who ran the local movie theater also loved western movies. That is possibly why we had so many westerns.
During my early years of school, history was a subject that I was not interested in. How things change when you get older. I prefer to play around than listen.
It was in 1973 that the school ran a writing competition for a magazine they were printing with a student from each class having their story published. It was easter. I allowed my imagination flow and wrote about the Easter Bunny. I was published from 4B.
As a young child, I always created fictional characters and created my own stories. Like most boys of my age, I collected toy soldiers and played war games. Many of these soldiers I still have to this day. I created war games and began writing stories about them in battle.
Another fascinating aspect of my early life, I did not like science fiction movies or television shows. What turned me off was the horror movie-‘MISSION TO MARS’, which I had night mares on for over a year. It was early 1979, that a friend of mine, Mark, persuaded me to go to the movies where there was a science fiction flick been shown. At this time, I was not interested in Star Wars even. The movie, the theater release of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ was been shown. I agreed to go. Within minutes, I somehow had turned my hate for science fiction to the love of it. Possibly the fact that the first character I recognized was Lorne Greene-Ben Cartwright of Bonanza. The movie was like a western in space. The Humans-the cowboys. The Cylons, the Indians. The next day, I began to write my own short story collection of science fiction stories titled-‘The Adventures of Slim Ben”. Slim Ben being me.
I fell in love with the television show Battlestar Galactica, watching every episode and writing out a TV plot to have it as a reminder. Video recorders were not in at the time. Between writing these plots and my series of Slim Ben which I wrote over a hundred stories on, I was busy.
When my parents learnt I was writing stories with pen and paper, formy 18th birthday, they brought e a new typewriter which somehow proved more than a menace than good as I would begin writing at 4 am. Click, click, click would echo the house. So it was back to the pen and paper.
At the same time at school, I had two great teachers who taught me history. I realized the Australian history was similar to that of America, although we were lucky we never had a blood civil war sweep the nation. On leaving school, I continued to write my short stories till eventually I got tired of it in the early1990’s and decided to take a break. It was about this tie that I got myself involved in the revival attempt of Battlestar Galactica with one of the stars, Rich Hatch, who was attempting to bring it back to the screen. He was making a four and a half minute trailer-The Second Coming. I agreed to help. I began writing a glossary on the language of Battlestar Galactica which was to be only a few pages long. Twenty years later and ten thousand pages long, I still have not finished it. I am only a third of the way through it.
Somehow however my love of American western stories and the civil war kept dragging me back. In the early nineties, the mini-series ‘North and South’ premiered. I watched the three mini-series, then purchased the books and read them, spending all my free time. I read the Kent Family chronicles. At the same time, Australia’s involvement in the 20th century world affairs were filmed in such mini-series as ‘ANZACS’ and ‘The Corwra Breakout” along with the movies ‘Gallipoli’ and “The Light Horsemen’ were released along with the ‘Man From Snowy River.’ American film makers too were returning to their past with movies such as ‘Glory’ and ‘Gettysburg’ being released. Many western television shows also appeared along with up dated versions of classics such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lonesome Dove to name a few.
Just after I moved down to Tasmania in 2011, I was watching a documentary on the history channel regarding President Abraham Lincoln’s journey from Washington to Gettysburg to present his famous ‘Gettysburg Address’. The documentary told of plot by Confederate sympathizers such as John Wilkes Booth, yes the same John Wilkes Booth who assassinated the President in 1865, planned to kidnap the President on route to Gettysburg. Like so often when watching something that brought up an historical reference, I would gather the volume of the encyclopedia set my parents brought me years before and read the story. By now however we had the internet, so I looked it up and yes it was true. John Wilke Booth had planned to kidnap President Lincoln. At the same time on television, the classic channel was running a series of Erol Flynn movies including ‘They died with their boots on’ ‘The charge of the light brigade’ ‘Robin Hood’ and a lot more. Earlier that day I had watched They died with their boots on. I had always been fascinated by George Armstrong Custer due to the movies but did not know his true self. I read up on Custer and learnt how actually he was glory hunter.
Like all good writers, I picked my topic and began researching the Civil War and those who participated in the conflict. I also learnt that the Native American, who were always portrayed as the baddies were actually the true victims of the American west, like the Australian Aboriginal. I also learnt that even though the Civil War was fought over slavery, many who fought for the Confederacy, fought as the Australians had in both World Wars- for their country. I began to look at the whole concept.
For weeks I tossed the idea of writing a book on the plot to intercept President Lincoln’s Train, but there was so much out there on the internet. At this time, there seemed to be a lot of movies being released about Lincoln, fact and fiction. So I decided to have a new crack at writing-fiction again. A second battle of Gettysburg-no. Where? At the tie I was having trouble trying to keep custody of my dog, Jettena, from the family I moved down to Tasmania to live with. Getting Jetty back was the best thing that Christmas, so I named the fictional town as ‘Jettena Junction.’ But how do I start. I was told to get an Arts Council Grant. The local member, Rebecca White and her staff helped me with this. I spoke with the team at the Arts Council. Everything was set incept for the important piece, the manuscript. It took me twelve months to research my material and a further two years to put the first lot together.
Should I use all true characters or use a mixture of fictional characters with true characters. When applying for the grant, I was asked had I had anything previously published. I said now, but as we spoke, it became clear I had. I wrote for the local paper in Hay, the Riverine Grazier over a number of years. I telephoned my friend Peter ‘Parra’ Montgomery, the owner of the paper who gave me a lovely reference in which he stated how much on long football trips, they would read my short stories, picking out their own names as I used my friends as characters. My hindrance with characters was solved.
500 plus pages later, book one of ‘THE BATTLE OF JETTENA JUNCTION’ titled ‘Destination: Jettena Junction’ was sent to the publishers. But that was the beginning of my worries. As an Australian, educated in Australia, I was taught to spell words such as ’colour’ with the letter ‘U’ in it along with any other words. The Publishers, an American based firm, wanted in American without the ‘U’. I also wrote out the dates in words which had to be changed to digits.
At the same time, I was luck I met Ben Lewis who read over the manuscript, correcting the errors as my proof reader. Thanks Ben. So as I write this article today on the eve of having the first book released. Will it be a two part series or three parts-who knows?

Out promoting the book-12-11-2020

Today I had the honour of doing my first interview on the book with Tom Payne at Hobart FM. It was a brief ten minute interview which I hope people found interesting. Thanks to Tom, Craig and Kaye for arranging the interview.

In the interview we discussed my love of writing, the plot of the story and the distributing of the book.

 

Tom Payne-Hobart FM

Comments on the interview

Anthony Bennett

November 12

 

5:06 am

Morning all our friends out there-a little nervous this morning-going on radio today to promote the book-haven't been on radio for 15 years.  

Margaret Harris

All the very best mate

Jenelle McCarrick

Good luck for today.

Paul Kretschmer

Morning Anthony hope you enjoy the day 

David Becky Beckwith

Go You 

Daniel Whipps

Good work bud

 

15:55

Well I still have the touch. Me and Jett went to Belerieve today, on the Eastern Shore of Hobart to do our first radio show in promoting the book. It was just as If I had not left radio. Tom Payne conducted the interview. Here are some photos. Jetty wanting to come too. Hobart FM sign. Tom Payne.

Sandra Stokes

Great job!!!

Ben Lewis

Sharon and I listened to the interview mate. Well done.

David Becky Beckwith

Well done.

Daniel Whipps

Good work

Margaret Harris

so glad it all went easy and relaxing for you, that’s wonderful

Jenelle McCarrick

Well done Anthony.

 

November 13 

5:07 AM

Sandra Stevens

Morning Anthony well done on your radio interview

 

 

11:28 AM ·

 

Kerry Thompson

 

Morning Anthony hope your book is a success. We ordered a copy this week.

 

 

 

Author  Anthony Bennett

 

Thanks all.

 

 

 

 

 

comments on the book

November 13

11:28 AM ·

Kerry Thompson

Morning Anthony hope your book is a success. We ordered a copy this week.

 

November 15

Kerry Thompson

 

We ordered from Amazon it’s out of stock at the moment delivery date sometime between 1st- 31st December.

 

Author

Anthony Bennett

Thanks Kerry-let me know what you think when you read it. I think I better get working on part 2

Riverine Grazier 18-11-20

I’d like to thank my good friend Serena Wall of Hay who sent me a copy of the press release in the Hay local paper, regarding the release of my book. Thanks Serena.

 

The books have arrived

27-11-2020 TASMAN FM

On Friday November 27th, 2020, my good friend and fellow author, Mararet Harris and I, accompanied by Jetty, travelled to Nubeena out near Port Arthur to do an interview on radio. The day had already turned out great for me with a phone call at 8 am from Star Track telling e that my books had arrived. 

We arrived at Nubeena at 10:30 that morning. Phil was waiting. We went on air and promoted out book.

I'd like to thank Phil, Alder and Dan for making it possible and supporting us. Thank you.

 

 

Phil

Me and Phil-and my baby

Maragret and her books

I was checking out the web for the book and came upon this article.

 

Yahoo SportYahoo Sport

GlobeNewswireGlobeNewswire

A tale of action, adventure and intrigue awaits readers in new historical fiction

Balboa Press AU

Sat, 28 November 2020, 4:00 pm AEDT·2-min read

A.W. Bennett and Ben Lewis announce the publication of ‘The Battle of Jettena Junction’

SORELL, Australia, Nov. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A.W. Bennett and Ben Lewis delights lovers of history and fiction with the release of “The Battle of Jettena Junction” (published by Balboa Press AU). This novel tells a story filled action, adventure and intrigue.

The Union had turned the tide of the war by the summer of 1863. The Confederate States were in total disarray following the devastating loses at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in the summer of 1863. Adding to the insults, nature had delivered a devastating drought in the south. The South needed a miracle and what better one than to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln on route from Washington to Gettysburg where he was to speak on behalf of the fallen.

 “‘The Battle of Jettena Junction’ is a remarkable work. This intriguing combination of fiction work and history textbook subverts and reverses the expectations of historical fiction, using plot as the backdrop for history rather than history as the backdrop for the plot — a history book with a dash of fiction rather than a fiction book with a dash of history,” Bennett guarantees.

 “The Battle of Jettena Junction”

By A.W. Bennett and Ben Lewis

 

About the Author

 

As a young child, A.W. Bennett has always had a good imagination and he loves writing. He wrote many stories on local people — turning fact into fiction — and he kept everyone entertained on long bus “sporting trips” by reading these stories on the way home from sporting activities. During the early 1990s, he decided to take a break, but, somehow, his love of American western stories and the Civil War kept dragging him back. Just after he moved down to Tasmania in 2011, he was watching a documentary on the history channel regarding President Abraham Lincoln’s journey from Washington to Gettysburg to present his famous “Gettysburg Address.” He then began researching the Civil War and those who participated in the conflict. This eventually led to “The Battle of Jettena Junction,” which was read over and proofread by Ben Lewis.

 

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