New Release: Oh, the Fallen by Abigail Kay Harris
In the cause of freedom, some will give their all.
When Matt Renicker joins the Army, he's determined to give his best for his country and his Lord, even if it means risking everything he loves most. But when tragedy strikes on a routine patrol, more than one heart is left shattered and lamenting.
In the wake of a terrible loss, will those left behind find the strength to go on? Or will the faith, family, and freedom Matt fought to preserve be broken beyond repair?
1) What led you to write this story?
When I wasn't able to talk to a friend temporarily. Well, that same friend gave me a song to write flash fiction off of, after I wrote the flash fiction I set it aside for a long time, months, really, until I wasn't able to talk to that friend, and I wanted to add to the flash fiction for fun and before I knew it, I had a novel thinly plotted out mostly in my head, followed by four novellas until now I have a total of eight stories planned/hoped for and am working on them whenever I have the chance.
Another reason is that I'm passionate about the military, servicemen who are dealing with PTSD, brothers-in-arms struggling after losing a brother, and the heartache they deal with that isn't always understood by those that aren't in the military, and especially. I am the daughter of a veteran and a homeschooling small business owning mom which has influenced my life in the fact that I'm an Air Force brat and I've been taught by my mom to never stop learning and I wanted to help others see how veterans feel, which doesn't come into Oh, The Fallen so much as it does Oh, The Brave series but it starts in Oh, The Brave.
The final and biggest reason is I want to share hope through my writing even when things don't look like they will turn out well at the beginning or even middle of someone's stories. Both fictional and nonfictional. That there is hope in Christ.
2) Which authors have influenced your writing?
Man, there are so many! Each book I've read has influenced my writing in some way, honestly. Some of my biggest influencers in this novella are Kassie Angle, Ryana Lynn, and Katja L. They are all writers that I am in a group with and each has their own military or police supporting stories that have influenced my own stories. There are many other authors who have influenced my writing, most of whom have been younger indie writers like myself and some more experienced indie authors as well. I have only really been influenced by one classical writer and that would be Jane Austen. I like some older books but I do not read them as often as I read indie books or new releases.
3) Are any of the characters inspired by people you know?
No... Not really, there are some traits a few characters have that are influenced by people I know but otherwise not so much.
4) How much research did you have to do into military practices?
I didn't have to do a lot of research. I needed to brush up as I went; however, I knew most of the military practices that played out. There is also the fact that things are always changing in the military, things aren't too hard to figure out or research unless you have an exact timeline during a certain year, mission, location, etc. When I was researching things I could check with my parents, my military brat/military knowing friends, or research it more.
5) What plans do you have for coming books?
The four novels in the Oh, The Brave series are in various stages of writing with hopeful release dates of November 11th, 2021, July 4th, 2022, and September 11th, 2022. Plus, I have several shorter stories that will be in the Oh, The Brave series, a short story or two, two novellas, and just maybe another novel as I have an idea from characters that are in several of the other stories. After that, I am not sure what books will be in the works as I have several ideas, a pro-life story, a rom-com story, as well as several others that are pulling for my attention and I am sure there will be many more ideas between now and when I finish publishing my series.
About the Author
Abigail Kay Harris is a daughter of the King with a personal degree in book-nerdiness. A sister to seven, her passionate love of the written word and deeper meanings hidden in normal things leads her to spend her time reading, writing, using sarcasm, and defining obscure words. When she’s not chasing words, she enjoys watching shows, classic romance movies, tea, sunrises, and the outdoors, especially mountains, beaches, and forests.