August 2, 2012

David Abrams, Fobbit, and the Quivering Pen



I love people who have their fingers on the pulse, you know? 

One of those is David Abrams, author of the forthcoming novel Fobbit, based on his time in Iraq. (BTW, fobbit is a sometimes derogatory term for soldiers who never leave a forward operating base.)  He also writes a blog and a weekly newsletter called the Quivering Pen, which is where the finger-on-the-pulse comes in.  He has great guest writers and introducing all the latest and greatest people and books.  If you want to know what's going on, you'd best subscribe!

Here's David's bio from his website.

David Abrams’ short stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, The Literarian, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, The North Dakota Review and other literary quarterlies. His novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in 2012. He regularly blogs about the literary life at The Quivering Pen.
Abrams retired in 2008 after a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist. He was named the Department of Defense's Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations throughout his career. His tours of duty took him to Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and The Pentagon. In 2005, he joined the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The journal he kept during that year formed the blueprint for the novel which would later become known as Fobbit.
David Abrams was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Jackson, Wyoming. He earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife.
Not only that, but he's a really great guy.  You should get to know him and his work ~ and pre-order Fobbit!

2 comments:

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

He truly is a GREAT guy!

Tamara said...

Thank you, Jean! And you would know, right. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

~ Tamara