From Military Blog to Historical Fiction By Julia Hayden

I blundered into writing historical novels from an eccentric starting point – contributing to a military blog, or mil-blog. In 2002, I began writing for a mil-blog that had been started by an Air Force mechanic. This interested me because I was myself retired from the Air Force. All that was required to write for the blog was to be a veteran or active-duty military – and to write. I liked to write, had opinions, and a background in public affairs as a military broadcaster, so I took the plunge.

I set myself a weekly target of three essays of 500-800 words each, on any topic I felt like writing about. The essays readers liked most were about my own eccentric family and growing up. In response to reader demand, I worked them into a short memoir, which I think of as my