Military Writers – Julia Maki

As I head off to the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Conference, it seems a good time to recognize military writers.
On September 7, I have the privilege of joining award-winning authors Jack Woodville London and Don Helin to conduct the “Writing Your Story” one-day workshop at the Audie Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center in San Antonio, Texas.
And then, we get to gather with 40+ MWSA members attending a packed agenda conference including discussions on topics of interest from marketing to the centennial commemoration of our country’s entrance into World War I.

We have many great military writers out there in the world, and we need more of those writers to tell their stories before they are lost. Julia Maki is one of those greats…and this is my review of one of her stories.

Julia Maki’s What They Don’t Teach You in Deer River entertains, informs, and touches readers in memorable ways. Written from the heart, Maki relays stories from her childhood through adulthood with a good blend of humor and serious attention. She brings readers on a rollicking ride through her Navy experiences and discusses realities of being homesick, feeling overwhelmed at times, navigating work and personal relationships, and enjoying victories as a team. Maki tells her story in ways that non-military people can understand and learn something about through reading about one sailor’s adventures. As a Navy Veteran myself, I highly recommend this book. Julia Maki created a wonderful read and recorded a unique piece of history from the perspective of one proud female aircrewman.

About Julia A. Maki
Julia A. Maki served in the United States Navy for five years. She now resides in Maryland with her husband and three children while working for the Department of Defense as a civilian- when she’s not busy wiping little noses and carpooling to football practice.


If you are in the military, a Veteran, a family member, or have an interest in military affairs, please help tell our Veterans’ stories. And don’t let the writing process get in the way – just write.



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  7. Thank you, Ben, and appreciate your thoughts. I hope you enjoy Julia’s book!

  8. I’m sure being in the Navy could get rough at times…I know a few people who served in that branch, and long stints at sea could get hard. We don’t think about it, but service members on Navy ships don’t get to spend time in the sun on deck – most stay below deck all the time and barely even see the sunlight. Looks like a good book; I’m looking forward to picking it up.
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