Paul Byers

ABOUT ME
 

 Paul grew up in Oregon on the shores of the mighty and mysterious Columbia River, 
 and  spent endless hours daydreaming on the beach in front of his house, making up 
 stories about the ships from exotic ports all over the world that steamed up the river –
 what secret cargo might they be carrying; did they harbor spies who were on dark and
 exciting missions?

 Later in adult life, he moved to another mysterious and provocative city – Las Vegas, just
 outside the famous Nellis Air Force base.  After work he would sit on his porch and
 watch the fighters take off and land, igniting his imagination with visions of secret
 missions and rich speculation about what could possibly be hidden at Area 51.

 

 After moving back to his native Pacific Northwest, Paul worked for the Navy and took
 every opportunity he could to speak with veterans from WWII to the Gulf War, listening to them swap stories and relate the experiences of a lifetime.

 

So it is this combination of a passionate love of history, a vivid “what if” imagination, and a philosophy of life that boils down to the belief that – there are few things in life that a bigger hammer won’t fix – that led Paul to become a writer of exciting, fact-based action-thrillers.  His greatest joy is leaving his readers wondering where the facts end and the fiction begins.

 

Okay, the top blurb is the official bio from the book, below is a little
more about ME,

I started writing about ten years ago trying to break into the magazine world, but that was a tough row to hoe. I believe it was Mark Twain who said it best, "write about what you know," so I did. I wrote several short stories, all science fiction, then my first novel (all handwritten) was a Star Trek adventure.

From there I decided to concentrate on my love of history and sit down and write about WWII. I worked for the Navy Exchange for a few years and would pigeon hole any WWII vets I could find. Some were more than happy to talk about their experiences while others, even after 50 to 60 years still found it to painful to discuss. My own father was also a great inspiration to me as he served in the Navy in both the Atlantic (where his ship was sunk on D-day) and in the Pacific where he sailed into Tokyo harbor on VJ day.

Between the kids, the job and everything else, it took me about 3½ years to write the book. It amazing that a number of people I talk to tell me that they have always thought about writing something in one form or another, but have never gotten around to doing anything about it. At 50 years of age, I tell them, if I can do it, then they can too! I try to encourage everyone to write, whether it’s writing the great American novel, poetry or just a journal entry for the day, a writer writes!

As you can see from the above picture, I am an aviation fan. My good friend, Andy Wenner of Aurora Art Company put me in the cockpit, literally! I have flown virtual combat missions now for nearly ten years in the WWII flight simulator WARBIRDS. I have used the game not only for countless hours of enjoyment but for research for the book as well. Not having the money to test fly each aircraft nor being a real pilot, I used the flight dynamics in the game when writing about my aerial dogfights. I even made a couple of videos using Warbirds posted on youtube based off of two combat scenes in the book, Fighter sweep and 18th mission.

But not all my research has been virtual, fortunately there has been some real "hands on" work. Several years ago, like the barnstormers of old, a B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator from the Collins Foundation flew into the Olympic Flight Museum in Olympia, Washington. I spent $400 for a ride on the B-17, my wife thought I was nuts, but it was worth every penny to me!

Once we were airborne we were free to move about the plane and I walked, crawled and squirmed over every inch of that plane like a kid at a candy store with a pocket full of quarters. From the top turret right behind the cockpit to where I shot down an imaginary ME109 to crawling to the nose of the plane and looking out the Plexiglas nose at the clouds to sitting in the bombardier seat toggling off twelve 500 pounders on the V-2 launch site at Peenemunde. It was a trip I will never forget.

What does the future hold? Right now I’m working on a modern day thriller set in the South Pacific where things are not all that they seem to be. I am also in the initial stages of outlining a sequel to Arctic Fire. 
Thanks

Paul

PS I also have another website, http://www.catalystwwiifacts.com/with expanded facts about the aircraft  in Catalyst and WWII history in general.

              

       

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