Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Flashlight Commentary with an interview! Erin asks:
What inspired you to write this story?
Almost half of my military career was spent in Europe. I was a Soviet foreign area specialist. I spoke Russian and German and worked in intelligence on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. One of my tours of duty, for example, was as a liaison officer to the Commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in East Germany. I had a pass in my pocket for two years that said I was on General Ivanovsky’s staff. I actually did do some liaison work with the Soviets on holidays and big occasions, like Soviet Army-Navy Day or the Fourth of July. But most of the time, that pass in my pocket enabled me to tour all over East Germany, noting Soviet military movements and taking pictures with a Nikon motor drive camera of everything that moved on the roads. We weren’t supposed to do that, and they chased us if they saw us. But even if they caught us, which was rare, they had to let us go eventually. It was all part of a World War II agreement that established such missions as a means of providing early warning against surprise attack. The Soviets had a mission on our side of the demarcation line as well . . .
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The tour continues tomorrow with a review at Impressions in Ink.