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Brian O’Hare: On Self-Actualization Through Fiction

Brian O'Hare, originally from Pittsburgh, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and former U.S. Marine Corps officer, now an award-winning writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Find him on Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram , and at his website BrianOHare.com . In this post, Brian discusses the process of his new novel, Surrender , what his experience in filmmaking prepared him for in publishing, and more! Name: Brian O'Hare Book title: Surrender Publisher: Syracuse University Press Genre/category: Fiction/Short Story Elevator pitch for the book: Marine Francis Keane journeys deep into the heart of the American hero myth—from the Friday night football fields of Western Pennsylvania to the Persian Gulf War and beyond—to discover what it means to be a man. What prompted you to write this book? If I didn't write this book, my head (or my heart) would've exploded. It was a matter of “exorcism.” A reckoning maybe—of my time on this planet, and where we're headed. Initially, there was no great vision— just me unburdening myself of stubborn thoughts; events haunting my imagination. As Manuel Puig said, “I like to recreate reality in order to understand it better.” That's all I was trying to do. My father was a Marine pilot in Vietnam. Flew hundreds of missions. Was shot down. A real deal Homeric hero—but with this New York Irish swagger. Growing up, it was impossible to escape his potent “mythology.” I trying to “become” my father—I became the football […]

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