In the Shadow of Suribachi

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Synopsis: Through 7 fictional characters, Faulkner tells the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The characters, based loosely on stories told by her father and other veterans she has met, are each introduced to the reader before the war. They come from various backgrounds and geographic locations across the US. The young men come together on the shores of Iwo Jima and face a horrific fight in one of WWII's most famous battles. Faulkner successfully captures the chaos, terror, grief, pain and heart of the battlefield.

From the Author: In the Shadow of Suribachi was almost finished -- except for the first chapter. It was based on stories my father (who was a veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima) told me from the time I was a young child. In particular, he often mentioned his sergeant -- a rugged, battle-wise Marine. The book is historical fiction -- but the people who live on those pages had to honor my dad's memories too. I felt like I had nailed the others -- the teenagers who hit the beach in February 1945 who were my father's friends. I wanted to open this book with a background story about those who dedicate their lives to protecting innocence -- those men who were born to serve.

However, when I learned that my father's hero was only 22 years old, I drew a blank. The manuscript waited in my computer for months -- but nothing came to me. Maybe it was because I couldn't conceive of a life dedicated to protecting others. Maybe I was just too shallow, I thought. I just couldn't relate.

Then we went to Key West -- one of my favorite vacations. People tease me about this because I'm not much of a beach person. I don't eat fish or drink Pina Coladas -- and I burn bright red in the tropical sun. However, I do love flying and history -- and libraries...and that's how I came to wander into the library in Key West one day. In the back room, there was a man who had spent years maintaining the newspaper history of the Florida Keys. We hit it off -- and he was delighted that I was so interested in the stories he had devoted so much time and energy saving. I spent hours there, paging through the huge books -- reading. Out of curiosity but without much hope, I decided to check out the year 1935 since my sergeant would be a young teenager at the time. There it was! I gasped and called my husband over to take a look. Article after article described an unnamed hurricane that hit Islamorada and the camp of World War I veterans who were living there while working on the railroad.

It seems that Ernest Hemingway was living in Key West at that time -- and as we all know, he was a World War I veteran. When the hurricane hit, he jumped into his boat and motored up to Islamorada. Seeing the devastation the storm left behind, he was distraught -- and poured out his grief and anger into a series of articles about the fate of these men who had been devastated by war.

There was my first chapter! 

I have never experienced a hurricane, but Hemingway's trauma filled my mind and heart -- and his descriptions filled my imagination. It seems that I don't find stories to tell, they find me. Almost all of the stories in In the Shadow of Suribachi -- and in my new novel, WINDSHIFT -- came to me this way -- ghosts were whispering and I happened to be listening that day.

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