I’ve written almost a thousand articles for SOFREP, not counting my days of writing for the Military dotcom Deathstar. This was before the Force awakened and SOFREP was born. Sorry, couldn’t resist, I’m a Star Wars nerd.

Many lessons have been learned and egos bruised over the years and more than a few times I’ve found myself wanting to hit the “unpublish” button. But, like the sniper shot that misses its mark, you can’t focus on the bad shots, you focus on the next one, and better make it count.

Sharpening my nonfiction writing skills has been a fun, tireless, and expressive journey. In some ways, it has helped me deal with my own issues around my combat experience and post SEAL Team life. A snake pit of competitive alpha males and some, maybe most, transition like a dog on fire.

I’d like to think I’ve gotten good writing non fiction. However, fiction (the made up stuff) is like switching from pistols to long guns, it’s an entirely different skillset.

When I had an idea for a serial killer onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier I knew I needed to learn more. So I watched a LOT of online videos and read Stephen King’s On Writing. Regardless of King’s explosive political twitter rants, he’s an amazing writer and his book is a great gift to anyone looking to write the make-believe.

3+ years later and I had cobbled together close to 20,000 words and had the rough plot outline. But, nevertheless, I found myself a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. I needed help if I was ever going to finish the book. Enter John Mann.

John and I have written close to a dozen books together. And since by surrounding ourselves with experts better than us, we are forced to be better, being around Mann has made me a much better writer. So I was thrilled when he accepted an offer to partner on a new series.

We’ve both had good solo acts but sometimes the band makes better music together. So WEBB & MANN was born.