We’re thrilled to have here today Sergeant York from Vincent Hobbes’ new military-horror novel, Khost. Sergeant York is a thirty-three year old member of the elite Delta Force, stationed in Afghanistan, in the far eastern province of Khost.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you for this interview, Sergeant York. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
They think I’m crazy! I’ll tell you this: If they witnessed what I did inside that cave, they’d be crazy too. They might call me a liar, but they’d do so quietly. If I heard that, I might disappear someone. Those . . . things killed my friends. I’m not crazy, I just want some payback. You hear me? I want to give a little back to those monsters that took my friends.
Ah, he did. He captured it nicely. Know how? Because underneath that madness is a story that is true. A story that must be heard. Vincent Hobbes allowed my personality to come out. He allowed my side of things. That’s a lot more than my superiors ever did for me.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My dedication to The Unit. My teammates are my closest friends, my brothers in war. We fight together, we die together. My loyalty is my strongest trait, followed close by my skills.
My anger. But can you blame me? When you see those closest to you torn apart by wicked creatures, you’d be mad too.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Norman Reedus. He’s an actor in the popular TV show The Walking Dead, and I think he’d be great for the role.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
My love interest is killing monsters.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I think I always knew how it would turn out. From the beginning, I think I knew my fate. Having accepted it helped, too. I could fill my mind with what needed to be done instead of worrying about what would happen to me.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Elizabeth. She’s the head of this team, the one calling the shots, the one whose neck is on the line if we fail. She’s brilliant, bold, and a woman who was needed to get things done in Khost.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I can’t say I’m surprised how it turned out. I warned them, warned them all. I think they blew me off. I think they didn’t want to listen, because this story doesn’t end the way they thought it would.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?
To use caution. My madness tends to linger.
Thank you for this interview, Sergeant York. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
That’s classified. Delta-Seven, out!
Vincent Hobbes has been writing most of his life. In 2004, he founded Hobbes End Publishing. Intent on creating a fiction publishing company, that dream took some time. Instead, he produced annual reports, business plans, and published the self-help book, Feeling Your Way to Happiness, by Chris Norton.
Later that same year, his first novel, The Contrived Senator, was released. He wrote it alongside authors Jordan Benoit and Nathan Palmer. In 2008, the second book of the series, Exiles, was published. In 2009, the third installment, Plight of the Warrior, was released.
Then, in 2010, Vincent Hobbes teamed up with 11 other amazing authors, and released the first volume of The Endlands, a short story anthology with 17 mind-bending stories.
Vincent recently finished producing the second volume of The Endlands, as well as producing the novel, Progeny, by author Patrick C. Greene. Both were released in 2012. Vincent’s novel, Khost, was released late the same year. It is currently being considering for production in Hollywood.
Vincent’s upcoming titles include: Seal Team 2025, Betrayal, The Blue Bus and Charms Indigo.
Vincent resides in North Texas with his wife and German short-haired pointer.
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