June 20013 – – In-depth interview by SPORK Interview by Whitney Hill.
This was probably one of the most soul searching personal interviews I have ever done. (60 Minutes has called yet)
SPORK covers the world of alternately-abled people. Mostly those of us who don’t wear our “handicap” in a visible fashion. This can be a range from deaf, to visually impaired, to mentally challenged. Traumatic Brain Injury, and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder come under this heading and purview as mentally challenged.
The initial thrust of this interview was to question me about my dealing with TBI and PTSD in my up-coming book Stoneheart. This is about a third-generation Marine who suffers with both, and his path to finding his way “home” when all he has ever known is Marine bases, and conflicts around the world.
Through this interview process, which took most of a week, I learned that my first book The Very Littlest Dragon, which deals with some of the same reoccurring issues in many peoples lives, had similarities to Stoneheart. I guess it is because I tend to tell my stories as a “Hero’s Journey”, but through the eyes of those around the hero and the hero’s relationships. And, I don’t see a change coming in the foreseeable future.
My very sincere appreciation to Whitney Hill and her editor Phyllis Hamilton for their time and thoughtful questions.
60 Minutes would do well considering Whitney to fill Mike Wallace’s place.
When Richard Rhinehart, the Director of Communications asked me if I would be up for an interview, I thought sure, a half hour on the phone or something…. I think this journalist took some tips from Whitney Hill at Spork!. But the day I get asked what my favorite color, or food is; I’m going to retire. The differences in the style and questions shows their backgrounds as well as my answers. Richard lives in an organization that is rapidly becoming an integral and important part of this country, our society and catch-net for not only our returning wounded, but for many of the other forgotten “life’s cannon fodder”.
I want to thank Richard for this opportunity, and for his service for us alternately-abled, as well as give a huge shout-out to World T.E.A.M. Sports and all that they do.
From their Website about World T.E.A.M. Sports:
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. For more than twenty years, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized all kinds of athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more. We change lives through sports.