Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular film October Sky. A writer since grade school, he is also a Vietnam veteran, a former coal miner, a scuba instructor, an avid amateur paleontologist, and a retired engineer.

Hickam's new novel is Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. His reply:
I just finished Bernard Cornwell's excellent history, Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles. I am fascinated by the Napoleonic era, a period in history that changed the world. The resolution of the wars caused by Napoleon's attempts to force European hegemony under his rule left Britain free to develop its empire while France began a long decline in power, prestige, and energy. Cornwell, who is also known for his fine historical fiction, has long been interested in this pivotal battle that sealed Napoleon's fate. Without a scintilla of knowledge of the wars that the French Revolution sparked, or of the man who came very close to conquering Europe, a reader will learn a great deal about both by reading this well-written history.
Visit Homer Hickam's website.

My Book, The Movie: Carrying Albert Home.

--Marshal Zeringue