Friday, November 11, 2011

Fast Five with Starfox Howl

Today, I am truly honored to have a writing friend as my Fast Five guest. Not only is he a talented writer but he is a Navy Veteran, stationed in Afghanistan. We're counting him among the many of our cherished men and women who will be home soon.

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.

When you're finished here, please stop by his blog .

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is “Crystal’s Cat”, a follow on story to Jason to Jessica, Primal-Katie’s Return, another follow-on to a currently unpublished story.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.


  1. Wonderful interview and great questions!

    Dang, Starfox, now I want a double cheeseburger and fries--wait, a bacon double cheeseburger.

    I think of you Starfox and all the other soldiers around the world, past and present, and give thanks to you all!

  2. I love your interview Starfox...everytime I read something about you I learn another interesting thing.

    Great job to both of you...and Starfox...thank you and all the soldiers by your side for what you do each and everyday!

  3. I want to hear more about that sports bar! I think I'd be too distracted with bodies moving around to get any writing done. Another kudos to Starfox Howl for finding mental fortitude in concentrating in inhospitable places.

    If you want it bad enough, darling writers, you'll write no matter the circumstances. No Whiners! Great interview.

  4. I really enjoyed reading about how you write where you are now. So interesting. I can't imagine trying to get your muse in gear there when changing rooms irritates mine at times. I appreciate you being there for me so I have the option to sit up in bed and do my writing. Come home soon!

  5. Starfox, you sound like me. When I got out of surgery when I was 6 months pregnant, coming out of the drug induced state, I asked, "Can I have a bacon double cheeseburger now?" Then I asked how the baby was. :) Can't wait til you get back. I can't wait to read book two.

  6. Wonderful interview!! Happy Veterans Day.

  7. Stopping in for a moment to collectively thank you guys for stopping by today and hearing a bit more about our buddy, Starfox Howl.

  8. I think I read I Will Fear No Evil back in HS. You got to admire a person who can write romance in the middle of a war zone.

    Take care over there and keep your head down. And Happy Veteran's Day!