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 One.

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, avfamily 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.

 

Taking Chances

AIE_VeteranWritingServices (1)It’s been three years since a Navy friend asked me if I was interested in applying for the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program.  At the time I thought:

“Entrepreneur? Doesn’t that mean someone who wants to get rich?”

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A Fun, Timely, Sensitive, and Perceptive Story

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By Valerie Ormond

J.B. Max Publishing, 2014

ISBN 978-0-9736330-4-7

Fiction, 246 pages

Soft Cover, Kindle

Reviewed by Margaret Evans

“Sadie felt so isolated. She couldn’t share or communicate her worry with her family. And living in a community with no other military people, no one else would understand. So she lived a life of constant secret fear which grew every day. She needed a distraction.” [Read more…]

Tips for Writing a Book

I hope you enjoy this video and interview as much as I did. Carrie Green, Founder and Director of the Female Entrepreneur Association International, generously allowed me to share this with my readers because so many people tell me they are overwhelmed with the prospect of writing a book.

Please watch this short video if you’d like to see the process broken down into four easy steps – no strings attached! Morgan Gist MacDonald makes it seem so easy and manageable that I may just write another book. 

Here is the full blog post with additional details and a giveaway, too.

I hope these talented entrepreneurs inspire at least one person out there to start writing a book – now go do it!

The Business of Writing

I spoke at the Military Writers Society of America conference on “The Business of Writing” last year. Since starting my own business in 2014, I’ve talked to many people interested in starting their own writing businesses. I’m sharing a few of my slides here for any readers who may be interested in a similar pursuit. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts and lessons learned.

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Tribute to Loftmar Stables

DSC00882Today marks the final day of Loftmar Stables’ operations at the end of a 33-year successful business impacting so many lives. My husband, Jaime, and I, and our three horses –  Chance, Billy, and Lucky – enjoyed 10 years as part of the Loftmar family. I wish Jan and Raul Martin the best in their well-deserved retirement. In a small way of thanks I wanted to recount some of the positive influences Loftmar Stables had on us. [Read more…]