What is the project?
This is a creative nonfiction project for my graduate thesis at Old Dominion University! My goal is to interview a diverse pool of military significant others and then write nonfiction stories based on the information shared in those interviews. We’ll talk about life as a modern military partner, and what it means to commit oneself to a lifestyle that often challenges our notions of love, family, strength, and self.
Why am I doing this project?
Military life can feel alienating and out of control, and I want this project to be a kind of resource…I want to provide stories that will offer company and community to anyone navigating military life, or a life with similar challenges. In other words, I’m challenging myself to write the book I wish I’d been able to read when I first encountered military life. And the best way to do that is to gather firsthand experiences from those who have been through it, and are going through it right now.
As a freelance writer, I’ve written stories highlighting military spouse and Veteran experiences for The Bend Magazine, Military Families Magazine, Reserve & National Guard Magazine, and nonprofits serving Veterans. Now, I want to take this focus to a new creative level.
What does the interview process look like?
Coffee! Drinks! Dinner! These interviews will be informal, conversational, and personal. I’m asking for 3 1-2 hr conversations so we can get to know one another (for example: we could meet once in June, once in July, and once in August). I’ll record the interviews on my phone and transcribe them, then remove all names and identifying information so that your privacy is safer than Fort Knox.
Who am I looking to interview?
Former military significant others
SOs of active duty, reservist, or retired personnel