Civilian Named Secretary of Military Writers Society of America

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Award-winning author, Joyce Faulkner, who is the recipient of the Military Writers Society of America's Gold Medal Award for her novel, "In the Shadow of Suribachi" was recently named secretary of the Military Writers Society of America.

Award-winning author, Joyce Faulkner, who is the recipient of the Military Writers Society of America's Gold Medal Award for her novel, "In the Shadow of Suribachi" was recently named secretary of the Military Writers Society of America.

"In the Shadow of Suribachi" tells the story of seven young men who, for different reasons, decide to join the Marines in World War II and meet on the beach at Iwo Jima. The story is told by means of individual fictional stories backed up by Faulkner's interviews with veterans, historical research and her remembrance of her father's tales of being a Marine caught in that hellish battle over 60 years ago.

The Military Writers Society of America was the brainchild of Founder and President, W.H. McDonald, Jr. who was a crew chief/door gunner on UH-1D Huey helicopters in 1966 and 1967. McDonald said, "She gives you such an honest and intimate portrayal of men who are in combat that one would think that she was actually there. Her WWII novel about the battle on Iwo Jima, 'In the Shadow of Suribachi' is compelling, intense, and realistic ... She will draw you into her storyline and into the people she writes about."

"In a way, I began writing this book when I was a child and my father suffered a nervous breakdown," Faulkner said. "Twelve years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, the stress of those thirty-six days haunted his days and nights."

Faulkner's upcoming events include participating as a key speaker at Women Authors Speak on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at SoHo Restaurant in Pittsburgh's North Side. Her newest book, "For Shrieking Out Loud", which is based on Faulkner's online humor column, "The Weekly Shriek" as featured on http://www.celebritycafe.com will be available for the first time at Women Authors Speak. She will appear on Pittsburgh-based The Life Lounge radio show with Emmy Award winner, Carol Espy on KDKA News Radio/1020 on Saturday, March 31, 2007 and on the Earth Day online radio talk show on http://www.internetvoicesradio.com on April 22, 2007. She will also address veterans and their families on April 11th at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh at Support for Returning Veterans: A Community Effort.

For more information about Joyce Faulkner, her career, and her upcoming events please visit http://www.joycefaulkner.com or contact her directly at 412-496-5034.

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