All art to me is an empathetic act. Whoever's telling a story is trying to transfer emotion into someone else.
Literature has always been a part of my life. I studied history and literature in college. My mother is a novelist; I grew up around books.
When you go to war, it's important for everybody to know that they're going to come home in one way or other.
Whether your mother is a novelist like mine or a third-generation military wife, the idea of a son or daughter being in mortal danger is terrifying.
I tried to render the Afghan war as much as I could fro the perspective of the Afghans. I have served as an advisor to Afghan troops, and much of my war experience was seen through the lens of fighting that war alongside Afghan soldiers.
In media coverage of the war, Afghans are often characterized as corrupt and deceitful. There has certainly been plenty of corruption and deceit in this conflict, but why? What inspires these behaviors? In 'Green on Blue,' I wanted to render a world that is often overlooked: that of the average Afghans who are helping America wage its war.