Husband, father, pastor, soldier and author, Maj. Jeff Struecker, combines his experiences in these roles to write high octane military thrillers, about a spec ops team and their battles on mission and at home. Grab his books and enjoy this Q&A!
What appeals to you most about writing fiction?
There is an audience of men that only read fiction. I want to be able to reach them with an exciting story about how faith and life collide with one another.
Because Jesus Christ is my king I want to serve him in all that I do, that includes in the material that I write.
Name five things you “can’t” live without
My wife, children, church, Bible, and a good pair of running shoes
Favourite TV show
You have no doubt travelled extensively as a soldier ~ what is one place you would like to go back to as a tourist?
I would love to go visit the mountains of Afghanistan when no one is shooting at me.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My heroes have always been soldiers.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
Unfortunately there is not much about me that most folks don’t already know.
Have you ever worked with Australian soldiers? Your thoughts?!
I have worked with some of the Australian special operations forces. They are some of the most committed and talented warriors I have even known.
Which character do you connect with the most?
I connect with Sergeant Major Eric Moyer and with J.J. Bartley.
How easy/difficult has it been to incorporate your personal experiences as a soldier into your novels?
It has been pretty easy to use my experiences as a soldier to come up with the plot of a new novel. However, it is difficult to incorporate some of my experiences in special operations without giving away national security secrets.
What was your favourite scene to write in Fallen Angel?
Believe it or not, it was the epilogue. I think this portrays the tension between the demands of family and the country at the same time.
What has been your favourite experience in your novel writing journey?
It has been seeing guys who would never read the average Christian non-fiction book pick up one of these books and get drawn into the plot while at the same time reading the message of how faith in Jesus Christ can change a man’s life.
What’s next in your writing pipeline?
Alton Gansky and I are working on the follow up to Fallen Angel right now.