Q. Where did the idea for your current book come from?
A. I was in the midst of deciding if I wanted to file a federal lawsuit against the California Air National Guard. I concluded by the end of my own research that I lost my retirement and benefits. So, I decided go through litigation anyways and then write about my experiences.
Q. Can you tell us more about your book “Still Waiting: A Memoir” What is it about?
A. It is about another perspective of the George W. Bush military record controversy.
Q. Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
A. There is an online community of people already familiar with the first controversy about Bush’s performance documents being tossed in the trash can. What is interesting about my book is I allege another Bush performance document was purged, corrected or modified in the courtroom. Still waiting is a memoir covering a period of time when George W. Bush ran as governor of Texas and also when he was President of the United States.
Q. Can you share any particular areas of interest that will be covered in the book?
A. Yes, the book is focused on George W. Bush’s destroyed performance documents during his enlistment in the Texas Air National Guard and as Commander in Chief of the state and federal militaries.
Q. How did you say this second incident in destroying Bush’s performance records begin?
A. During litigation I alleged that in November 2009, the National Guard published an unclassified version of its’ Technician Performance policy, leaving out a prior revision published in June 2005. The deleted performance document was published by Steven Blum, whom President Bush appointed in 2005, during his second term in office. Blum served as the 25th Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2008.
Q. How did you get these document?
A. In 2009, I was conducting electronic discovery into the National Guard. I retrieved the documents by doing a Google search for National Guard strategy and performance.
Q. Where can we go to see these documents?
A. In the back of my book are samples of the National Guard’s performance policy since Bush was governor of Texas. As well as supplements to those performance policies. I have preserved copies of these documents in my Supplemental Excerpt of Record at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and district court. There are documents stored in the Courts that are not in my book. I did not include those materials in my book because the documents contained images of people who may still work for the agency.
Q. Alongside “Still Waiting: A Memoir” do you have any other books, or plans to do more? Will there be a follow-up story?
A. They say every soldier has a story, well I got a lot of stories. I have a lot of ideas for books and things.
Q. Tell us more about you? You are also a busy mother of three, have a Master’s degree, and Bachelor’s degree, you sound like a very busy lady! How do you find the time?
A. I don’t. I started working at an early age and I had plans of completing my doctoral degree early in life too. I started things early, so that I could later focus on family and retirement. When I joined the California Air National Guard my life changed. I realized in the midst of my career, that I had made a bad financial decision to join an agency in a financial crisis. I lost a solid work history and became enslaved in federal debt.
Q. What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your life?
A. I really don’t have a routine for writing. There were numerous deadlines during litigation, and so many documents and law changing on a federal and state level in real-time. I basically wrote impromptu, on the spot. Today, I work with different editors online to polish and expand my writings.
Q. Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book would you suggest to be your favorite and why?
A. I read the autobiography of Malcolm X, it was the most memorable book I ever read. He says, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. We all have a mind, everybody should use it.
Q. What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?
A. If you are a soldier wanting to write about your experiences, try to get people to judge you for your literary merit and not a sobering story.
Q. You say, your Veterans Disability claim has been at 0% for eight years?
A. Yes, it’s been almost a decade and no benefits. I don’t know how many denials I’ve gotten. It is pretty heart breaking when the Secretary bars, stricken, destroys and changes the law regarding its claims processing. The courts added that my claims are frivolous and insubstantial. The only thing I can say is, “man I am getting denials without a review of my evidence… they really don’t wanna pay.” I gather that a soldiers’ voice means nothing.
Q. Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
A. Yeah, my website is at Civil1.org.