Editor’s note: Enjoy this Q&A with SOFREP author of Sully’s Squad, Kevin Wilson. The book will be released on May 25, 2020 through Amazon and Apple. The main characters of Sully’s Squad are rooted locally to upstate New York and the novel is partially based and dedicated to a local war hero. Sully’s Squad is not only a WWII epic, but also a moving coming-of-age tale, told through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old Arty, who lies about his age to enlist. The story is poignant and sensitive in terms of describing battlefield deaths, shellshock and the emotions that surround them along with the impact on those families back home.

Please tell the SOFREP audience a little about yourself

I am a married father of three adult children and reside in Upstate New York. My current career is in the Healthcare Industry (did not quit my daytime job). I enjoy sports, try to exercise regularly, and am proud of being an author. I hope that you enjoy reading Sully’s Squad!

What was your inspiration for writing Sully’s Squad?

I was inspired by those who lived during the early part of the twentieth century. Within my family of origin were my late uncle Salvatore “Sullivan” Fringi and his mother Laura (my grandmother).  As I learned more about the impact of WWII on each of them I wanted to document this primarily for my kids and their families. Initially, the generational impact of war alone onto my family, an Italian family’s oldest son, killed in action in their homeland.

I talked to men who served with my uncle and began to learn more about him as a man and a soldier. Finally, I met an author. She asked, “Everyone has a story what’s yours”? Following my reply, she responded, “You should write about it.” I started the first draft of Sully’s Squad a month later.

What was the process like writing your first book?

Writing is a humbling experience. You need to be disciplined, thick-skinned, and persistent in order to complete a novel. My business writing experience consists primarily of summaries, reports, plans, and email communication. Most of the details contain facts with numbers sprinkled throughout. Definitely a “tell me” vs “show me” style.