015 Highly Decorated Vietnam War Combat Vet To New York Times Best Selling Author, Nick Russell Has Been There And Has Done That
My guest today, Nick Russell, has one of the most interesting life stories I have ever heard. I think when you are done listening to this episode, you will agree.
Nick comes from a cop family, his dad was a deputy sheriff, then became a Border Patrolman (his dad rode a horse to work every day), and when he retired from that he became a city cop in Ohio. He also had two uncles and an older brother who were LEOs.
He joined the Army right after high school and served in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division, got banged up a couple of times (three Purple Hearts), and when he was back stateside and was fit for duty, was a firearms instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
After the Army, he was a reserve cop in Ohio until dad talked him out of it and told him he should pursue his dream of being a writer. He was also a criminal investigator with the Arizona Attorney General’s office for a total of six years where he investigated everything from police-related shootings to crooked city officials.
Nick also ran small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona. In 1999 Nick and his wife Terry became full-time RVers, spending the next 18+ years wandering around the country in a motorhome publishing the Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper.
Nick Russell is a proud indie-author of 45 books, including the Big Lake mystery series, the John Lee Quarrels series, the two-book Dog’s Run series, and the Tinder Street family saga. He was very fortunate that his first novel, Big Lake, made the New York Times bestseller list. You will never guess how the story came to him, and how long it took him to hit the "publish button."
In October of 2016, Nick and his wife Terry bought a house on the central Florida coast midway between Daytona Breach and Cape Canaveral. They can watch the rockets launch from their yard.
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