1. What inspired you to write this book?
More like who. My ancestors and my children. After almost 40 years of watching the growth of the gigantic warfare/welfare state steadily erode rights and liberties, it became obvious that I would not be honoring my grandparents, my children or future grandchildren, if I didn’t try to reach out to my fellow citizens. My friend Bob Adelmann of The New American helped me kickstart the actual manuscript into motion.
2. Do you have any other projects you’re working on right now?
Several. I’m working on legislative initiatives in multiple states to encourage the development of the restoration of Constitutional County Sheriffs in every county. The 2nd project is the Public lands Disposal Movement to insure the state’s lands are returned to state and private control. In the area of writing I’m doing research on the topics for the 2nd volume in “The Citizen’s Last Stand” series.
3. What real-life experiences did you pull from that helped you write this book?
Most of my experience, growing up, the military and then defense contracting to private and commercial technology development as well as 20 years of political activism contributed to helping the book write itself.
4. Why is this story/message so important to you?
We live in a transitional period of history. The old order of centralized, top-down organizational control, built during the 19th and 20th centuries, is crumbling as we speak. States and Nations are disassembling themselves through increasing insolvency, bankruptcy and the hyper-regulatory control mind-set. Individuals, Families, Neighborhoods, towns, cities and independent states must take control of their common destiny. Otherwise, they will be sucked into, and destroyed by, the vortex of fiscal and financial insolvency and bankruptcy looming on the horizon of the global economic regime.
5. When and how did you become interested in writing?
I started out doing a lot of technical writing for my work in systems engineering. That migrated into letter, article. and blog writing. I helped research and edit another book, “Petrodollar Warfare” in 2004-05. I also wrote the forward for that book, relevant excerpts of which appear in “The Citizen’s Las Stand.”
6. Why do you think readers should read your book?
To understand better who we are as individuals and as a people in this country and what our responsibilities are to ourselves, our ancestors and our children. Also, it should be obvious most Americans have little understanding as to their own history and how our main institutions are supposed to work vs how they are currently working.
7. What do you think readers will find most interesting about your book or connect most with in your book?
Having a better grasp on the true nature of natural law, the Constitution and the organization and formation of a Republic. As Americans, I think they’ll find that many of the myths and illusions they’ve lived under for the last century are one of the biggest impediments to their understanding who they are as individuals and where they fit as citizens in the scheme of things. Also, I think they’ll find it interesting that I’m objective in criticism of the political Left and the Right. Both sides are full of insane Bozos running this country into the dirt.
8. When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Tending my garden, fishing or speaking to groups all around the country or doing radio and other media to help promote the book.
9. Last book you read?
The last two I just finished were “Damascus Countdown” by Joel Rosenberg (2013) and “The Collapse of Complex Civilizations” by Dr. Joseph Tainter (1988)
10. What does your writing process look like?
Messy and eclectic at times. Driven and concise at others. Depends on the topic and how badly the system is spinning out of control on a given day when I sit down to write
11. What kind of environment do you work best in?
Quiet and calm surrounded by lots of reference books and
12. Editing: on paper or on a screen?
13. If you could co-write a book with any author (alive or dead) who would it be with and what would the title be?
That’s a tough one. I have so many favorites. Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke; either one. They had incredible minds and imaginations. I would’ve loved the opportunities to sit down and explore ideas in Science Fiction writing with them. It’s what I want to do next. The Title of that book would be “Nexus Lens.” I’m already 4 chapters into it. Although, I might produce one tied to The Citizen’s Last Stand theme. Folks who have read my current book already asked me to do that.
14. Where do you call home? If you could call anywhere else home, where would that be?
Just about anywhere in Idaho. Second choice would be Montana. After that, Belize or somewhere similar around the Caribbean.
15. E-reader or a good old fashioned book?
Book. Even as a former technologist I like the feel and convenience of a book. I’m real old school in a lot of ways. Having been a technologist for more than 3 decades, I’ve grown tired of the emphasis on devices and instant, byte-driven communication. So much substance has been lost in the translation and so many ‘adults’ today have shorter attention spans than do young children.
An interview with Idaho author, Jeff Wright (Author of “The Citizen’s Last Stand: Are You Ready?”)
1. What inspired you to write this book?