Starfox Howl is the pen name of a US Navy veteran who has spent the last four and a half years in various locations in Afghanistan. He’s married, twenty-seven wonderful years to the same wonderful woman who puts up with him for unknown reasons. They have one grown son and seven furry children.
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1. Based on your location now, where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place is our “sports bar” here on base. It’s called the Tora Bora Bar. Being here in Afghanistan, there is no alcohol served. But it does have food, and sodas, and somewhat comfortable chairs. I’ll get settled, kick on some David Arkenstone music, don my headphones and tune into whatever I’m writing.
2. What was it about Jason to Jessica’s story that drew you?
The first story I read that incorporated transgenderism as a story element was “I Will Fear No Evil”. I know many women who’ve lamented about how men don’t understand what they go through as women in today’s society. Combine the two, with a storyteller’s love of “What If” and you have the basic plot of Jason to Jessica.
3. What are you working on now?
I’m not a person who can focus on just one work in progress. I’m currently working on three drafts, rotating between them as I run out of steam on one. There is “Crystal’s Cat”, a follow on story to Jason to Jessica, Primal-Katie’s Return, another follow-on to a currently unpublished story. All of these stories are set in the MORFS story-verse. The last WIP is TRANSFORMATIONS, an original Science Fiction Romance story set on a colony world on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.
4. What’s been the biggest challenge writing where you are now?
The biggest challenge? Not knowing what’s going to happen five minutes into the future. You have to remember I live in a war zone. We are subject to terrorist threats, alerts and the threat of actual attacks all day, every day. On a recent day, everything started out normally, but with one explosion, everything changed. Body armor gets uncomfortable after a while, but you wear it because it’s easier to be uncomfortable than to have an unnatural hole suddenly appear on your person.
5. What’s the first thing you plan to do when you get stateside?
That’s simple. Hug my wife and son. The second will be to stop at the Wendy’s in the airport for a double cheeseburger, fries and a large diet soda.
Thank you, Starfox... for everything!
Blessings to all of those who've served our country so well in generations past, who continue to answer the call and to the families awaiting their safe return.