Today I am interviewing Weston Ochse, author of the new SF military novel, Grunt Hero, final book of the Task Force Ombra trilogy.
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DJ: Hey Weston! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Weston Osche: I’m a military veteran with 35 years of service and counting. I’ve written about 30 books and won a few awards. One of my books has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. I have three Great Danes and am married to the author, Yvonne Navarro.
DJ: What is Grunt Hero and then the Task Force Ombra trilogy about?
Weston: The Task Force Ombra Trilogy is about the lowest ranking soldier there is—the grunt. No admirals or generals here. It’s also about PTSD and how different people deal with it. In Grunt Life aliens come to Earth to try and destroy it. In Grunt Traitor, they basically destroy everything we know and love. And in Grunt Hero, we finally figure out why they did what they did and it pisses us off so much all we want is revenge.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Task Force Ombra trilogy?
Weston: There’s a section in the first book where everyone is locked up and forced to read all the great sci fi books that have been published and critically answer questions about them before they can be released. That listing contains all of my influences and I thought to myself, if we knew there was going to be an alien invasion, how could we study for it? Read what’s already been written and pay attention to the techniques, tactics, and procedures that those great authors had already gamed. Some of the authors include Joe Haldeman, David Gerrold, John Scalzi, and John Steakley. Continue reading