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Diana Cosby – Romance Edged With Danger
One aspect of writing that caught me off guard was discovering that my stories are filled with suspense. I never planned to write action-packed novels, but that’s what my muse delivers. I find myself becoming bored with my book if the story doesn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. I owe my action-packed, suspenseful novels not only from living and traveling from the Far East to Europe, but also due to being raised as a military ‘brat,’ in addition to my own career in the Navy. I am currently on my 29th move, with one last move to Texas once my husband retires from the Navy.
After living and traveling to many countries, with numerous interstate moves, I easily accept the differences in various cultures world wide. For me, this translated into my initial choice to write in the medieval period. As I said above, I owe my love of suspense to my military background. I retired as a Navy chief who worked as a meteorologist/oceanographer. When a person joins the military, at times, as with any branch of the military, personnel are sent to fulfill the needs of that organization. This equates to jobs and traveling to places a person never even dreamed of.
While I was stationed on Guam, two memories remain vivid in my mind, each during a military exercise. On a routine basis, the military holds practice sessions to ensure personnel are prepared for a myriad of real-life issues. One such mission involved working with Army Rangers who played the role of insurgents determined to infiltrate and overtake our command. I was assigned to external security, handed an M-14 with dummy rounds and sent to a position within the jungle. I still remember that exercise vividly, the vibrant wet leaves of the surrounding vegetation, the hot, rich smells of the jungle, the tiny sounds of jungle life scurrying nearby, along with the weight of the M-14 in my hands. Nerves ran high during the exercise, radio messages of insurgent attacks and victories ran rampant, fueling the tension. Several times near my position, movement sent me on alert. Early in the afternoon, several ‘insurgents’ came into view. Adrenalin spiked, I took aim and fired. Later results showed that indeed, I scored a direct hit.
Later that day, during the same military exercise, I was taken hostage. The Army Rangers kept in character as the bad guys with scary effectiveness. After reports that a commanding officer had been abducted from a nearby base, the Rangers stormed our command. Integral parts of the compound were secure, but as an external guard, I was rounded up along with others members of external security and taken into a large room and held as hostages. With the excellent role playing of the Army Rangers, had I not known we were participating in an exercise, I would have truly believed I was a hostage, with the consequences if their demands weren’t met, lethal.
In addition to the various jobs outside the duties of a meteorologist/oceanographer in the Navy, I believe my experiences as I traveled in my life owe to my love of suspense as well as how much I enjoy writing visual details.
-In Alaska, I remember going to high school, experiencing earthquakes frequently, watching the salmon run, working at a riding stable, admiring the eagles as common as seagulls on an ocean beach, and viewing seals in Kuluk Bay, Alaska.
-In Rhode Island I enjoyed clamming on the weekends, traveling to Boston, and the sounds of the surf.
-In Maine I enjoyed snow shoeing, trying to learn how to ski, fishing, hiking and the great variety of seafood.
-In Oahu, Hawaii, I loved hiking in the mountains and over Kilauea volcano before it erupted, and scuba diving in the crystal clear waters.
-In Guam, I participated in a variety of sports, with the most enjoyable being scuba diving at night. Daytime dives are great, especially with the crystal clear visibility, but in the warm tropical water, diving at night with a full moon illuminating the ocean, with bioluminescent animals glittering all around you is an unmatched experience.
-In Tangier, Morocco, where I re-enlisted my final time in the Navy on the back of a camel. To see the photograph, go to my space on the ROMVET’s page: http://www.romvets.com/
-On Midway Island during my spare time, I was a radio DJ.
-In Korea the thrill of traveling from Osan Air Base to Seoul for a week of shopping with my friend was exciting, along with the magnificent architecture, the fascinating people we met and the enjoyment of bartering for everything from cab rides to merchandise.
-In the Philippines, the wonderful food and riding in the jeepneys.
-I was humbled as we traveled through the Ardennes Forest on the German/Belgium border where the Battle of the Bulge occurred. So many brave men and women lost their lives in pursuit of our freedom, sacrifices I will never forget.
I am proud to belong to a fabulous group of women writers who have served or are serving in the military, ROMVETS. http://www.romvets.com/. As all of our soldiers who proudly serve, I offer them my sincere thanks for standing in harms way so that we maintain our freedom.
Travel along with my military experiences has definitely inspired the suspenseful edge to my writing. I’m thankful for the experiences and events that will surely continue to feed my muse.
Diana Cosby currently lives in Virginia, with her oldest son leaving for the Marine Corps in November of 2007, and her daughter planning to go off to college in the summer of 2008. After her husband, a U.S. Navy meteorologist/oceanographer and Iraq veteran, retires from the Navy in the summer of 2008, they will move to Texas with their youngest son, where they will build their final home.
To learn more about Diana or to sign-up for her newsletter, go to her website at www.dianacosby.com.
Thank you Diana for that fascinating blog!
And thank you and your family for serving our country!
Readers, do you have any fascinating travel experiences to share?
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