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About the author:
Amy Rachiele is a military spouse and brat who spent many years volunteering and on staff for the Army National Guard and Department of Veteran Affairs with family support, family readiness, as well as, families of the Fallen. Amy devoted 10 years to teaching at-risk students in the Providence School System. She holds a Master’s degree from Rhode Island College in English and Secondary Education. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating a writer’s group in the hope of inspiring other writers. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, and traveling. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her son and husband.
What inspired you to write your book?
My husband who served in Afghanistan inspired me to write a realistic depiction of love and war.
Here is a short sample from the book:
I’m not really sure why I did it. Nobody forced me or even tried to convince me. And I don’t think I had a death wish. I was outside myself and compelled to do something. The loneliness made me restless. I was finally able to put a name to the ache in my chest that was a constant. It needed an outlet and the hole needed to be filled. There was something missing besides my family—an uncontrollable desire to get away and even help others if I was able. Sometimes we have to leap and not look down to move forward, especially if we don’t know why we have to. My blind leap led me to war… in Afghanistan.
I’m not stupid. I watch the news and I hear the stories. I totally understood I was not going to a luxury resort—but even my wildest dreams or nightmares wouldn’t have prepared me for what lay ahead. My father always said with good things come bad, and I had that filed away in my memory bank of important advice. I looked at it the other way: with the bad things, come good. It’s the old glass half-full, glass half-empty scenario. But I wasn’t thinking as deeply then as I am now. I was clouded with grief and I didn’t know it. My family was gone.