On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 474 pages
Genre: Fictionalized biography
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: March 13, 2018
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13
“The heart of the planet is broken and the world is bleeding. We come out of the broken-hearted earth and try to mend it.”
True grit mixes with true wit in this tragic, yet strangely triumphant tale of how much one man can lose. Following the Vietnam War, life proves bittersweet as Joe Hearns learns that sometimes finding happiness means changing the definition.
For Joe Hearns the horrors of combat give way to those of daily life upon return to the States; a life burdened by an odd curse that seems to hover over the heads of anyone who fought in that otherwise magical land. He discovers that courage takes on a whole new meaning when coping with a world moving at a different pace – the pace of friendship and love. But, in the end, this proves the way out from under the curse of the war no one wanted.
When it comes to this soldier’s story the word fearless comes to mind.
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Writing to a Tempo
I have written seven books – six novels and one volume of collected short stories with novel extracts.
I have a special fondness for the three volumes that comprise the trilogy titled, Love Beneath the Mighty Dome; I think because of the fairness it took on, regarding the Catholic Clergy. I started it in anger but in the course of writing over ten years, it became a writing project, not a gotcha project. When the clergy are bad they are very bad, but when they’re good they’re very, very good.
I have always been fascinated listening to the different angles and interpretations readers place on my stories. When I first saw that I thought, Hey, wait a minute. That ain’t what I meant. But then it dawned on me, when someone reads your fictional work, you’ve run it through a different intellectual filter. Does that make sense? I knew I was on to something as a craftsman – like them or not, my stories are well enough written so as to seem alive however they are interpreted. As writers we paint moving pictures (flickers) on the human mind.
Also I am pleased with the way On The Fault has turned out, (a novel about Vietnam-era troops, from the battlefield to their return home). It was a lot of fun to write as it has a tempo and rawness I learned from the songs of Frank Zappa.
Meet the Author:
Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left am, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal.
He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten/A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.
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