Stone In A Sling: A Soldier’s Journey by Scott A. Meehan
In the story of a soldier who served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 2005, Scott reveals the behind-the-scenes life of an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer.
From surviving a terrorist attack in Colombia, encounters in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, East Berlin and Desert Storm, and obtaining obtaining information leading to the capture of Saddam Hussein, this biography explores the reality of military life.
But above all, Stone In A Sling is a story of inspiration, leadership, adventure and unwavering courage.
Author Bio: Born on October 19, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland, to a police officer-turn-missionary pilot, and his high school sweetheart, Scott Meehan grew up living in seven states and three foreign countries, attending thirteen different schools. After a hitch-hiking tour in the summer of ’79, through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, he joined the U.S. Army Special Forces in 1980.
Seven years after joining the Army, Scott, along with his wife and two children, got out of the Army and attended college at Southeastern University and ROTC at Florida Southern, both in Lakeland, Florida. Three years later, he was back in the Army as a commissioned officer in Military Intelligence…just in time to deploy to Desert Storm in 1991. There, he was part of a Psychological Warfare team attached to the First Marine Expeditionary Force where he gathered Top Secret intelligence from front-line enemy defectors who reported that the Iraqi soldiers were all ready to surrender.
Twelve years after returning home from the Gulf War, Scott, then a major, was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2003. After one year at LSA Anaconda in Balad, Scott received the Bronze Star for several actions on the battlefield, which included information gathering that led to Saddam Hussein’s capture. He returned for a second tour in 2005 to Baghdad’s Green Zone before retiring in 2005.
Now living in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Trena, of 37 years, his married son and his wife, two granddaughters, his daughter, her husband and two grandsons, Scott is the Business Department Lead at City College. His memoirs include: STONE IN A SLING: A SOLDIER’S JOURNEY and ALL I COULD BE. Scott has also written two novels; LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR and MILLENNIAL GIRL; a novella, DUTY RECALL, and three short stories: CROSSROADS, COLD WAR IN BERLIN, and GIRL ALONE. He also co-authored the novel: PRINCE OF BABYLON. Scott is currently writing his third novel: THUNDERBIRD.
Throughout my world traveling experience, I have met some of the most interesting diverse people, who have become the inspiration for my characters.
Author Spotlight Interview
What makes you proud To Be A Writer From Orlando? Orlando is a growing, diverse, metropolis that attracts millions of people from all over the world making this place a melting pot of ideas and a great place to shine your light.
Who or what inspired you to become an author? My experiences of living across twelve states in America, four countries in Latin America, one country in Europe, and two countries in the Middle East. Serving in the US Army for twenty-five years also inspired me to write about my experiences.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, on both questions. From third grade until high school graduation, I traveled all over the Americas, meeting a wide range of people, with my parents who were missionaries.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Two years after retiring from the Army, which was 2007.
What has been the most rewarding experience in your writing process? Completing a story that was well received by readers.
How many published books do you have (please list the titles)?
Stone in a Sling: A Soldier’s Journey (Memoirs)
Duty Recall (Time Travel Novella)
Love in the House of War (Historical-Romantic thriller novel)
Millennial Girl (Dystopian thriller novel and sequel to Love in the House of war)
The Cold War in Berlin (Short story spy)
Girl Alone (Short story-Iraqi refugee)
The Valley of Bones (Mystery)
Thunderbird (Paranormal / Fantasy and sequel to Millennial Girl and Duty Recall)
My Shining Light (Historical-Military-romantic thriller)
Please introduce the genre that you prefer to write in and why? I am trying them all but have not decided my favorite yet. Military is almost always the backdrop and a strong female character must be present.
What positive piece of advice would you give to new authors? Always remember that your writing goals should be a marathon and not a dash.
Who is your favorite author and why? I like more than one but Alistar MacLean was an early influence, along with Jack Higgins.
Is There Anything You Would Like To Share? I love character building and have met enough people in my life time to build characters.
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