To some degree they are. Most of my characters are a composite of a
number of people I have known. A few of them are totally fictitious.
Yes. When I was starting my writing career, Tom Clancy gave me some
sage advice. Tom, as well as W.E.B. Griffin and others
have been kind enough to endorse my books.
Yes, it is. As a Naval Aviator, Rules
of Engagement and Targets of Opportunity were my way of venting about the politics of the Vietnam War.
I spend at least two hours a day reading research material from a number
of sources. In addition, I network with people who are currently in
the military or intelligence communities.
It takes about nine months to a year before I am ready for the publisher
to look at the manuscript. Once the publisher gets involved, its
another nine months to a year before the readers see it in the stores.
You can e-mail me at JoeWeberNovels@cox.net and request an autograph. I will be happy to send you a bookplate for your book.
Absolutely! One of the most rewarding things about writing is getting
feedback from my readers. I take the time to answer e-mail and letters
As I said earlier, I spend about two hours each morning on research
and administrative responsibilities. I break for lunch, then spend about
four to five hours writing.
I dont think I could adequately bring the visceral feeling of
flying off an aircraft carrier or air-to-air combat to the reader if
I hadnt done it. If youve never yanked and
banked in a high performance military jet, its hard to describe
how it really feels. I hope my military background allows me to put
my readers inside the cockpit with my characters.
There have been several "character building" incidents in
my flying career. Most pilots will tell you that flying is many hours
of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror. Some of my most terrifying
moments happened while flying from the deck of an aircraft carrier. During
my initial carrier qualification on the USS Lexington, my twin-engine
T-2C Buckeye jet suffered an engine fire. A year later, while completing
a touch-and-go landing aboard Lexington, my TA-4J Skyhawk blew a tire
that twisted the lower section of the landing gear. As I added full
power and rotated off the flight deck, the Air Boss in Pri-Fly (the
control tower on a carrier) warned me not to raise my landing gear.
If the damaged gear jammed in the up position, bad things could happen.
I was instructed to return to Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. Flying
lower than normal while dragging the landing gear in the breeze burned
tons of fuel. I arrived over the air station with six to seven minutes
of fuel left. Needless to say, I was happy that I didnt have to
I love all the good reviews! When I get a bad review, I try to learn
something from it.
I have received many e-mails from readers asking the same question. Primary Target was published in
1999, long before the events of September 11. When I developed the plot I asked
myself - if I were a terrorist, how would I attack the 'infidels?'
I suppose it comes from being around strong women.
I think it's very appropriate for women to play a strong role in military
fiction, just as they do in the real world.
"Joe Weber writes sensational books. The pace never slows, and,
as his readers well know, Weber never guarantees a happy ending."