Q&A's about me and my book-Author's questions

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WHY DID I NAME MY BOOK JETTENA JUNCTION? 

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Jettena is the name of my dog-Jetty. Her photo is on the home page. She is my true friend and companion. I always mention my dogs in my stories. When I wrote "THE ADVENTURES OF SLIM BEN", I always mentioned the dog I had-Badga. When looking for a place and title to set my story, I was going to use a town near Gettysburg but it was too far from the Susquehanna River, so I came up with a fictional town-Jettena Junction-as explained at the beginning of chapter 2.

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WHY DID I CHOOSE THE DATE-TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17TH, 1863 WHEN PRESIDENT LINCOLN LEFT WASHINGTON ON THE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH FOR GETTYSBURG TO PREFORM HIS FAMOUS GETTYSBURG ADDRESS ON THURSDAY THE 19TH OF NOVEMBER? 

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DO I HAVE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION?

OK

November 17th actually is my birthday-I was born exactly one hundred years after the date selected. Fictional history can slightly be changed as long as it doesn't impede the outcome and when using fact as well as I am, it needs to be believable.

Also the fact that the battle is a major event and cannot be fought over a few short hours, I moved the evens back a day.

 

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WHY WERE THERE SO MANY FAMOUS CIVIL WAR COMMANDERS PRESENT IN THE ONE AREA WHEN IN HISTORY MANY NEVER FOUGHT IN THE SAME BATTLE AND WERE AT OTHER BATTLES AND LOCATIONS ON THAT DAY?

 

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There are a number of reasons for this question:

1-Many I have grown up on in movies and stories both fiction and fact. I like their styles. Some I only learnt recently about such as Colonel Chamberlain. 

2-As I said in other pages, I have collected many toy soldier sets and included in them were Strelets Commander sets which included these characters.

The truth about many Commanding Officers being at other battles on or around the 17th of November, 1863 is true. Examples:

  • James Longstreet was present at the Battle of Knoxville in Virginia
  • Grant, Sherman among some of the Union Officers were at or on route to Chickamauga

In my research, I also came upon many other names such as Hadee, Grumble Jones, William Gamble to just name a few. I found their history interesting (some characters might have them in them), but if I had them present, there would be too many commanders and no junior officers and who would fight the other battles going on at the time.

This long listing also migth come from my Adventures of Slim Ben when I had hundreds of characters to choose from. Another story I wrote on Slim Ben involved all my friends from Maude and the cowboys, good guys and bad guys and Indians.

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WITH SO MANY MAIN CHARACTERS IN ONE PLACE, WHO IS MY FAVORiTE CHARACTER AND WHY?

 

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 This is a hard question:

With so many characters to choose from it is hard to name one but two have stood out:

  1. GEORGE ARMSTRONG

    CUSTER-I have always been a big Custer fan even though he was a mean selfish man

     

  2. BENJIMAN GRIERSON

     Since seeing the John Wayne movie-'THE HORSE SOLDIERS' I was fascinated with the raid and when I learnt it was based on the true story, I had to read about it and admired Grierson.

 

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HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN WRITING MY BOOK-THE BATTLE OF JETTENA JUNCTION?

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I've always loved western movies and TV Series, especially cavalry and Indians. However I changed my genres to science fiction in January 1979 when I saw the movie "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" at the Majestic Theatre in Hay and fell inlove with it. It was actually as western in space with Lorne Greene at the helm. The Adventures of Slim Ben were science fiction based on western themes. It wasn't till I was cleaning up home preparing to move that I found my soldier collection. Moving to Tasmania, I began to watch old time movies with my Uncle and began painting my figures. The idea of a battle story came about and the title was easy. So I began researching some material in September 2015 and currently reading it. I have edited a thousand pages and wrote 80 of my book to this day (April 28th, 2017). I am currently working on the basis of the story, President Lincoln's invitation to Gettysburg. I hope to have it completed in 12 to 24 months.

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ON MY WEB PAGE, I MENTION AUDIO BOOKS AND VIDEOS-AM I MAKING MY BOOK INTO A VIDEO AT THE SAME TIME?

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Yes. I was watching an episode of 'MURDER SHE WROTE' where Jessica Fletcher was reading her book for an audio book and I felt I'd like to have my book on audio. A program I have on my computer (Acrobat Reader DC) can read the words but I had no way to put them on my computer as audio. So I searched the web and came upon Zamzar Conversions. It took me about six attempts to get it right, I had to change the dates from figures to words but eventually I got it correct and down loaded the first chapter to a 75 minute disc size and burnt it onto a CD.

When my computer broke down, My cousin, Cousin, Chris, put on the program 'WINDOWS VIDEO MAKER'. I gathered pictures off the internet and made a video of the first chapter. I spent about an hour a day till I had it right and about 10 DVD's lost but now I have it. I also have managed to use the DVD maker where I can see the project before I burn it and have it correct before burning. Eventually I will have the whole book as a video series as well as audio book and written book.

Yes I will sell it as a set.

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WHY HAVE I CHOSEN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN I AM AN AUSTRALIAN-WOULDN'T AUSTRLIAN HISTORY BE BETTER SUITED TO MY STYLE?

 

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I have let it be known I love all history which involves war and conflict, tactics and characters. It was just it seems because I grew up on American western TV shows and movies that I fell involve with their history, especially the wild west and the Civil War. However it does not distract from the fact that I do love Australian History also as American and Australian are very similar except we never revolted against Britain and was given our Federation by a vote and we have not had a major war-the Eureka Stockade was possibly our biggest revolt. I do love Australian history, especially World Wars one and two.

I am using parts of Australian History in my book, so my heritage will remain.

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WHY DID I CHOOSE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AS MY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

 

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Simply, I love American Civil war history and the battles. Grew up on them through movies and TV shows.

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WHY HAD I CHOSEN HISTORICAL FICTION AS MY FAVERATE GENRE 

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I was always a history buff at school and love learning about past events, wars, conflicts and characters. Grew up watching and reading it. Love country and western music with stories of characters and western events. It was easy to pick the Civil War.

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WHY A HISTORY SUBJECT?

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My two favorite subjects at school were history and maths. I also loved writing comporsitions and stories but I couldn't write a book on maths. I had written stories on science fiction including my glossary on Battlestar Galactica, which I hope to one day finish. I wanted a change but to break the boredom, I chose my other favorite subject-History.

There was a lot I could play with in history.

 

If you have a question about me or my book and my projects, please ask and I'll be glad to answer.

People's Questions

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Peter "Parra" Montgomery from Hay asks

Why was it a battle 10000 years in the making? Wasn't America discovered in 1492?

 

Back ground to this quesation is:

Peter and I go way back many years when I lived in Hay. Peter was at one time the sports editor of the Riverine Grazier-the local newspaper for Hay and wrote sports events for other newspapers and radio in the region. When I was planning my draft of my book cover, Peter had  alook at it and helped me fix it. He noted the caption on top

"A BATTLE TEN THOUSAND YEARS IN THE MAKING" and asked the question.

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Peter, the answer is yes, America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, but the history of man and war goes back to a time when events were recorded to around ten thousand BC. As I researched my work, I read many battles over the period of time from ten thousand BC right up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and got some great ideas:

examples:

Recent car bombing in Iraq and the fact that Confederate General Nathan Bradford Forester was the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. I have worked this in to a church bombing in Jettena Junction.

Another idea was in 1799, scouts from the Bulgarian army came upon a gypsy camp and got drunk with them. When the bulk of the Bogerian army advanced, they thought they were the opposition-the Ottoman Empire and began firing on them.

Another story is there is a cannon ball lodged in the wall of a public building in the USA from the Revolutionary War. These ideas make up a few lines in the Morganville incident.

I am reading everything as there could be a funny event, or saying or incident that seems not important that would make my book.

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Is this Plagiarism?

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No, I do not think so. Plagiarism is the direct copying of someone elses ideas or works. My work is my own work though the events are based on true facts that have occurred throughout history from an event or incident of a phrase that I will change to suit the times.

There is very little dialogue.

When at school, I often had to research work from text books and write articles and essays. Today students use the internet (which we never had when I went to school) to research work. That is what I have done.

A lot of historical fiction is based on facts of that period.