November dates to remember:
Here are the final dates my in-depth interview with audiobookradio.net will air. Hope you can give a listen.
November 1, 2019
Thanks to the vivacious and entertaining Sunni for my short-but-sweet interview today! Sunni graciously invited me to return and I would certainly love to do so.
October 22, 2019
October 16, 2019
It was my privilege to speak to this fine group of dedicated men and women who so faithfully and admirably serve for the benefit of children. They even donated a children’s book in my honor which I got to sign- what a wonderful gesture! Thank you for having me, Kevin Onizuk, Bertram Aaron, Missy Zimmerman and Tucker Edmonds!
October 5, 2019
Thanks to everyone who came to the festival and stopped by my table. It’s always a treat to meet new people and chat about my writing. I was happy to entice new readers of my books, too. That support makes it possible for me to continue writing.
September 27, 2019
I am delighted to be featured by multi-talented fellow historical novelist M.K. Tod on her terrific website, A Writer of History. If you haven’t read any of her finely crafted books, you should—carefully researched historical fiction told in her lyrical prose.
September 11, 2019
On 9/11, I was a lieutenant colonel lawyer in the Air Force, working at Air Combat Command HQ as the director of aircraft crash investigations. I watched the news reports after the first plane hit and thought, “That is perfect flying weather. How could two pilots crash into a huge building in that visibility?” Then the second plane hit and we knew we were at war. It was chaos–we didn’t even know who the enemy was. I was the Air Force’s go-to expert on rules of engagement, so NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) called and asked me to write draft rules for the aircraft we were launching to patrol US airspace. NORAD had no plans and no rules of engagement for protecting against internal air threats, only those coming in over the pole or across the oceans, so I was starting from zero. We had no idea how many more aircraft had been hijacked and there were thousands of planes in the air and coming from overseas. The FAA was trying to clear the airspace and diverting planes wherever they could, but it took a lot of time. I spent the next hours gathering whatever scraps of information we had–mostly from CNN reports, since the intelligence agencies were giving us nothing—to write the rules dictating when a fighter pilot was cleared to shoot down a civilian airliner. The enormity of that responsibility was like a huge weight pressing down on me. If I got it right or wrong, there was a 100% chance every innocent person on a targeted airplane would die. To this moment, I’m so relieved that awful day ended without anyone having to make that shoot/don’t shoot decision. It is a day I will truly never forget.
September 7, 2019
This is truly an amazing day for me. My third book, No Hero’s Welcome, has launched today. Writing The Sweet Wine of Youth Trilogy has been a privilege and an honor. I must say I’ve grown very fond of my characters and the compelling stories I’ve been able to tell through them. I hope you’ll read this final volume of the trilogy and let me know what you think. And please post reviews, too. Reviews on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Apple Books and Kobo help other fine readers discover my books. I am eternally grateful to all of you for your interest in and support of my writing. Happy reading about the trials and tribulations of the Brannigan family.
August 27, 2019
Very proud to be featured on Postcards and Authors where clever Anita Martin highlights postcards sent to her by authors, book clubs and others in the book world. Can you guess in what country this poster-cum-postcard was plastered about? Anita has been sent postcards from various sources and geographic locations. Check out all the interesting ones she’s received. Thanks for including mine, Anita!
August 20, 2019
[New lyrics, with apologies to Robert Stanley Weir…] 🎶O Canada! You make my heart so big. You bought tons of books, and now it’s true–None of Us the Same is NUMBER ONE! 🎶I thank you very much. From the bottom of my heart. I’m now an INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR!! How cool is that?
June 4, 2019
Nothing like starting your day bright and early to speak to a fine group of hard-working, selfless, fundraising individuals! I was very pleased to speak today to the Rotary Club of James City County about the history leading up to and including the First World War and its lasting impact, both destructive and innovative. I appreciated the interesting questions asked and only wish we had more time to discuss them. I thank all of you for the warm welcome and especially Roger Saunders, Sergeant at Arms; Nancy Nunn, Program Chair; Sue Harmon, President-Elect; and Bill Mutell, President, for making this possible.
June 1, 2019
It took me a couple of months to catch up on my Writer’s Digest magazine but I’m glad I did because I found this issue particularly interesting… and very gratifying. This is the very issue announcing the winners of the Writer’s Digest 26th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. I had learned several months ago the results of my entry and knew publication of those results was forthcoming. But it’s easy to let the magazines collect, saying I’ll get to them sometime. Some other publications got stacked up, too. Fortunately I carved out some get-through-the-pile-o’-magazines time and discovered, almost anew, that Truly Are the Free earned an Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Fiction category! This is an extremely competitive category and I am tremendously honored to have received an Honorable Mention. Thank you again for the recognition, Writer’s Digest!
April 27, 2019
I’m here at the Chanticleer International Book Awards ceremony in beautiful Bellingham, Washington and, drum roll, please… None of Us the Same won First Place for Best Post-1750s HIstorical Fiction!! My heart is racing with pride and excitement at this incredible honor! I was given a blue ribbon just like I would have received for Best Cherry Pie at the county fair, only this one is much bigger. And you know, I really like it. It’s going up on the wall in my office. Here’s an interesting factoid: Everyone at my table nominated for an award received one. Every, Single. Author. How amazing is that? Our winners’ table spanned genres from memoir to fantasy. They were a fun, supportive and interesting group of writers. Congratulations to all my fellow winners! And thank you, Chanticleer, for this terrific award.
March 20, 2019
Happy Vernal Equinox! On this fine first day of spring, check out my interview with Sadye Scott-Hainchek of The Fussy Librarian. Sadye is a talented author herself and fun interviewer as you’ll see by her questions. And if you’re not already on The Fussy Librarian’s mailing list, you’re missing out on terrific ebook bargains. They offer daily deals in your inbox tailored to your selected genres. No pressure, just lots of opportunities to snag free or inexpensive good books. Check them out. And let me know what you think about my interview. Any questions you’d like me to answer? Send them to me on my Contact page. I’ll send you my answers. We’ll have a nice little convo.
February 23, 2019
I’m delighted for these three winners who will soon have a copy of Truly Are the Free in their hot little hands! And welcome to all of you who signed up for my newsletter. I’m happy to have you on board. Feel free to contact me with your brilliant thoughts and be sure to leave comments on my weekly blog posts. I enjoy hearing from my readers very much.
February 12, 2019
SURPRISE! BOOK GIVEAWAY GOING ON HERE! In honor of Black History Month, I want to give YOU the chance to receive my novel Truly Are the Free FOR FREE! I’m giving away three paperback copies of what esteemed authority on the Harlem’s Hell Fighters, Stephen L. Harris, says “is one of the best novels in recent years about the most cataclysmic event of the 20th Century.” So c’mon and enter. I hope you win! Invite your friends to visit my website to enter, too. You’re already here, so just sign up and you’re entered. Instructions on the graphic. GOOD LUCK!
November 28, 2018
Holy smokes! MORE FANTASTIC NEWS! My novel None of Us the Same moves on in the competition and is now a semi-finalist for the Goethe Book Awards! I am beyond ecstatic about this and very proud indeed. Best of luck to all the semi-finalists as we now wait for the Chanticleer Awards Banquet and Ceremony on April 27, 2019 to find out the First Place Category Winners and the overall Grand Prize Winner. Let the nail biting begin… Or maybe I should let out a little scream… Or maybe both…
November 14, 2018
Very pleased to hear this morning that my second novel, Truly Are the Free, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 2018 Self-Published Book Awards. My book was selected from among more than 2,300 entrants. Last year, WD awarded just 35 honorable mentions across all eight categories.
November 9, 2018
I was honored to participate in a very special edition of The Writer’s Block. In conjunction with Veterans Coming Home, the show featured talented poets and authors who are veterans, active-duty service members or family members of those who served. We all shared important memories of our service– some funny, some touching and one that came with a recipe for fruit cake used during WWII!
October 20, 2018
I am pleased and honored to report that Truly Are the Free was recognized as a 2018 Independent Author Network Finalist for Best Historical Fiction Award. Thank you so much, IAN! I’m sorry the icon is blurry- can’t correct it but still want to show it with pride.
September 25, 2018
What a fun trip back in my hometown! High school reunion festivities and catching up with so many dear old friends, a chance to speak at both the Streator Library and Streator Township High School and an amazing book club chat arranged by Janice Corrigan and hosted by Donna Stone. So many highlights but the most special may be that my ninety-year-old mother got to hear me talk about my research, my writing and my journey to becoming an author. She was an important influence in it all, that’s for sure. Thank you to my friends old and new and my family for enthusiastically supporting me. Your kindness means the world to me.
September 20, 2018
Thank you to Jackie Hawks for inviting me and to Barbara O’Connor for hosting a terrific book club chat. I appreciated your enthusiasm, friendliness and engagement. What a treat to meet all of you!
September 14, 2018
BIG NEWS! I am honored and excited to report that my novel None of Us the Same has been short-listed for the Goethe Book Awards! What an honor. Congratulations to all selected as we head to the semi-finalist round. Best of luck!
September 5, 2018
Thanks so much, to fellow author Jay Lemming for this fun and, I hope, informative interview. I’m looking forward to hearing from both his followers and mine with questions and comments. Did you enjoy the interview? Have any additional questions? What are you curious about? Fire away! Want to learn more about Jay Lemming? Jay writes literary fiction and a little horror, too. You should check out his Billy Maddox Takes His Shot. Some terrific U.S. Border Patrol fiction.
August 20, 2018
Honored to be the featured veteran sharing my thoughts on my life’s journey after the military on today’s Suit Soldier podcast. I hope you’ll tune in.
August 17, 2018
Pretty fun morning sitting in my own living room discussing None of Us the Same with a wonderful group of ladies. Yes, it was my wife’s turn to host book club and she kindly arranged for me to be the guest. You know, I never tire of getting into the “how” and “why” of my writing. Always delighted, too, to hear my book was well liked. Thanks, dear wife, for inviting me, and to all of the members for your excellent questions.
August 3, 2018
Yaaaasss! Just finished the first draft of my Sweet Wine of Youth trilogy’s final book. I’ll let it marinate for a few weeks then it’s on to revisions. Tentative release date is St. Patrick’s Day. Seems to make sense for a story set mostly in Ireland. ☘️
July 24, 2018
Wow–quite the morning wake-up news! BOTH of my novels have been long-listed for the Goethe Book Awards. Really humbled and proud to be included in this list of very talented fellow writers. Thanks to the Goethe judges and good luck to all on the short listing. 👍📘📙✌️
July 20, 2018
Many thanks to the talented Nancy Jardine, fellow historical fiction author, for featuring me on her blog today. Have a read about jazz, avant-garde Paris, the Dadaists and more.
June 29, 2018
What a blast at Charlie’s American Cafe in Norfolk tonight. Kathy Martin Cheek emceed WHRO’s The Writer’s Block, chocked full of talented authors and poets. I read from None of Us the Same an early scene at Uncle Johnny’s lighthouse. Here we are. Blurry shot but you can still tell what fun we had, right?
June 26, 2018
I am delighted and proud to have a guest post featured on the multi-talented Helen Hollick’s Of History and Kings blog today. Wondering about the birth of a certain naughty word? I originally posted it on my blog and know you’ll enjoy checking out Helen’s site and reading it there.
June 19, 2018
I really enjoy giving author talks. This one was for all of the Governor’s Land neighborhood’s book clubs in Williamsburg, Virginia. What a friendly and engaging group who asked terrific questions. Thanks for organizing the event and inviting me, Mish Kara.
June 18, 2018
I am very happy to donate copies of my two books to the terrific organization Clear Path For Veterans. Let me share their laudable mission statement: “Recognizing the responsibility of communities to help those who serve, Clear Path for Veterans empowers Veterans, active service members, and their families through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment.” Check them out.
June 14, 2018
I am stoked to be interviewed by Chris Coker for an upcoming show on his Suit Soldier podcast. Chris, a prior-service Army Officer and Airborne Ranger, is committed to helping veterans transition into new job opportunities and businesses understand the unique talents and capabilities these fine people bring. I’ll be discussing my Air Force career and how I meandered my way to becoming an author. I’ll keep you posted on when the podcast will air.
June 10, 2018
The people you meet while signing books. I had the pleasure of chatting with a reader from Texas, another from Illinois and a third from Vermont who want to discuss having me “visit” their book clubs via Skype or FaceTime. It’s been a nice, continental kind of day.
June 8, 2018
Pssst. I snuck one in on you. In celebration of my awards and my average review rating of 4.9 stars, I invite you to grab your ebook copy of None of Us the Same for only 99 cents on Amazon. That’s right, 99 pennies and boom, it’s on your Kindle. But hurry. This is a short but sweet deal just for you.
May 29, 2018
Very pleased to receive a strong endorsement in this Historical Novel Society review.
May 20, 2018
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk hosted an appreciative crowd on Sunday who gathered to hear me and 4 amazing authors/poets read from our recent work. I read chapter fourteen from Truly Are the Free which describes an African-American WWI soldier’s unfortunate and unexpected experience when he returns to the U.S. via Newport News. This chapter always seems to quiet listeners and draw them into the unsettling scene. I was honored to be among such noted writers as Robert P. Arthur, who has published numerous works and was twice a finalist for Poet Laureate of Virginia.
March 23, 2018
GREAT NEWS from the U.K.-based The Wishing Shelf Awards! I am proud to announce my novel None of Us the Same has won a 2017 bronze medal for best adult fiction. This is a thrilling feat and I am very pleased and excited. I hope you’ll share my good news.
March 18, 2018
Tune in this morning at 11 a.m. to WHRV 89.5 FM to hear the premier broadcast of The Writer’s Block: The Lorraine Hansberry Edition. The show features several talented poets and authors, as well as Narissa Bond’s music. I was honored to be one of the featured artists. I hope you’ll listen as I read an excerpt from Truly Are the Free. If you can’t tune in today, you can listen anytime here.
March 9, 2018
The P.E.O. women and the B.I.L. men welcomed me most graciously to speak about the history of WWI, its aftermath and how I was drawn to this remarkable and tragic era as the setting for my historical trilogy. A great evening with a very well-informed and engaged group that put me through my paces! Many thanks to Teri Collins for the invitation and arranging a wonderful event.
March 7, 2018
Pinch me. The venerable Helen Hollick at Discovering Diamonds just notified me that Truly Are the Free has received a Discovered Diamond award. This is a big deal within historical fiction and I am delighted. Thank you, Helen!
February 23, 2018
Wow. I somehow missed this in my inbox but the fine people at indieBRAG poked me. Once again I have been honored with an award from these fine people. “We are proud to announce that TRULY ARE THE FREE by Jeffrey K. Walker is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!” Thank you so much, indieBRAG!
February 23, 2018
So honored to read from Truly Are the Free at WHRV / WHRO Studios for The Writer’s Block: The Lorraine Hansberry Edition. An extraordinarily talented group of writers performed plus the powerhouse singer Narissa Bond told stories through her music. An amazing night. Stay tuned at jeffreykwalker.com for details on when this will air. Thank you, Barbara Hamm Lee, the WHRO/WHRV staff, Kathy Martin and Barry Graham. Please support public media.
February 23, 2018
I’m quite pleased and honored to share this excellent news. I just heard BOTH my recent books, None of Us the Same and Truly Are the Free, are finalists in the UK-based The Wishing Shelf 2017 Book Awards!
I’ll be reading from Truly Are the Free tonight at the WHRO studios, our NPR station, for their “The Writer’s Block” program.
February 7, 2018
Met an impressive group of well-read and inquisitive women ready to delve into a discussion of None of Us the Same. Thank you, Susan Fournier, for inviting me to visit your book club. I appreciated the sincere curiosity and detailed questions. I really had fun.
Late Jan – Early Feb 2018
COSTA RICA! What an amazing place. Everyone who has visited always says they had an incredible trip here and now I know why. Definitely put it on your bucket list. Details in my Feb 11th blog post.
January 11, 2018
Great kick off to book club visits in this new year with an engaging, knowledgeable group led by Ellen Masla. I truly enjoyed our discussion of None of Us the Same. Nice to hear of your interest in Truly Are the Free as well. Thanks so much for inviting me.
December 23, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came by Barnes and Noble to say hello, stay and chat, and/or buy my books! I had a terrific time meeting so many wonderful, friendly people who love to read historical fiction. We sold out early of None of Us the Same but fortunately had enough copies of Truly Are the Free to appease. My thanks to manager Albert Kurtyka and the New Town Barnes and Noble for hosting me.
December 19, 2017
Finding authentic voices for historical characters is an ongoing challenge for me. I share a little of my process in a guest post on fellow Historical Fiction author M.K. Tod’s excellent blog this morning.
November 5-20, 2017
Traveled to Indonesia. Enjoyed being back in such a cool country but upon my return home, the jetlag really hit me hard. Ouch.
October 23, 2017
What fun discussing None of Us the Same with this wonderful group of readers and writers led by Nancy Deming-May. Nancy had really done her homework and asked many insightful questions which I thoroughly enjoyed answering. Plus, the food, the water, the wine… what’s not to like? Thanks for having me, ladies.
October 7, 2017
Great to meet so many friendly and interesting people at the Williamsburg Book Festival. Thanks for coming out, everyone. And did you get to hear Kathryn Aalto? What an energetic, curious, talented author.
June 28, 2017
I was pleased to be the Spotlight Member at James River Writers’ “The Writing Show” at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA. I read a passage from None of Us the Same. Wonderful writing group of which I am proud to be a member.
June 19, 2017
I enjoyed my fun interview discussing None of Us the Same on Army Wife Talk Radio brought to you by Army Wife Network. Thank you, Debbie and Courtney!