I'll be signing and selling copies of Homefront at Fort Campbell, KY, in the PX (area) lobby on April 3 and 4, between 10am and 4pm.
Ft. Campbell's free publication, the Eagle Post, found out about this and just finished asking me a few questions during a phone interview. That was fun--it's actually the first time I've been contacted for an interview, instead of the other way around. The reporter, Melanie, said she expects the story to post on Wednesday.
You know, I actually spent half an hour trying to figure out how I would answer the question, "What's Homefront about?" It's been two years, and I still stop and stare and try to come up with an answer to that one. It's just about
I wrote a full page to answer it, while I waited for her call. And when she finally asked, I don't think I said anything I'd written down. I might have said, "G'uh...I don't know. It's, like, about...um..." At least, that's what it sounded like to me. Maybe she'll be kind with her quotes.
One of the interesting parts of the conversation during the phone interview came when the reporter told me that she'd been to quite a few homecoming ceremonies, and that it affected her every time, made her teary. I don't doubt it! She went on to say, though, that after watching that, 'I can imagine what it's like" to wait through a deployment.
Not so much. Really - it's one of those things you simply can't imagine until you either experience it, or read something that gets you as close to it as possible. It's too intense, too filled with a series of complex and intermingled emotions, to imagine it based on the powerful homecoming scene alone.
What's true, though, is that every emotion you see at the homecoming ceremony is a culmination of that year or more spent waiting combined with the soldier's year of what s/he's been through.
I was also recently contacted by a Navy Wife Radio producer who plans to air a review of Homefront. I have no idea when. But I love that Homefront won't be limited to Army exposure (in terms of military exposure), because every single branch experiences these emotionally and psychologically powerful absences.
(P.S. It may be old news, but soldiers are still deployed and deploying. The people who love them are still experiencing endless minutes and hours and days and weeks and months of waiting, even if the media only mentions this whole "war" thing now when there's an attack in some province, or when politics are involved.)
Causes Kristen Tsetsi Supports
Planned Parenthood, SPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America