This is the official blog for the book ‘His Name Was Zach’. This project actually began six years ago, in the middle of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of all places! I was a young United States Marine on my second deployment, and for years I had wanted to write a good story. But nothing ever worked out. So I didn’t have much hope for Zach and Abby when I first put their names on paper, but this story was different from the others I’d attempted. Less laborious than previous attempts, this story felt natural, like it had been inside me all along and it merely flowed onto the paper.
I wrote at a break-neck pace, and the first draft was finished in only four months. I then spent the next few years reading, revising, and editing the story several times. Life also got in the way, as I became a student at Purdue University. But now I finally feel the story is ready to be published! I’d like to thank my good friend Cody Phan for designing the cover art, and another good friend Kurtis Ferrier, who read and critiqued the first draft of this book, chapter by chapter as I wrote it.