Author Interview: Kent Hinckley, Author of Hearts, Minds, and Coffee

AUTHOR KENT HINCKLEY: “Hearts, Minds, and Coffee” is my first novel. I have written short stories, travel pieces, and a play entitled “The Interrogators” that won an award in the Writers Digest annual contest. I love non-fiction, history, as well as mysteries, thrillers, and especially espionage novels. My experience in Vietnam and living in Taipei [...]

Chapter Excerpt from Hearts, Minds, and Coffee, a Vietnam Peace Odyssey by Kent Hinckley

Chapter excerpt from Hearts, Minds, and Coffee,  a Vietnam Peace Odyssey by author Kent Hinckley:   Chapter 1 –   January 13, 1970     From a remote valley in the highlands near Pleiku, Second Lieutenant Slater Marshall and three enlisted men took cover behind an earthen rampart. Lying prone on the cool ground one hour before sunrise, the Special [...]

Grammar Lessons

By guest blogger Kent Hinckley, author of Hearts, Minds, and Coffee.   While writing my novel, “Hearts, Minds, and Coffee,” I had to grasp principles of grammar and proper English that had long evaded my memory of past school lessons. Thankfully the internet offers many websites covering structure, rules, and syntax. I dusted off years of [...]

“When I hear the word, Vietnam,” I cringe

By guest blogger Kent Hinckley, author of Hearts, Minds, and Coffee. I served one year in Nha Trang and still harbor resentment against the war. Just mentioning the word “Vietnam” evokes emotion. It is a button pusher that attracts feelings in Americans for one side or another. Even today, the unrequited fury of many people [...]

Mom’s Grammar Lessons

By guest blogger Kent Hinckley, author of Hearts, Minds, and Coffee. One summer, I worked for a construction company widening Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada mountains to help pay for college. The workers spoke a different lingo from what I had learned. For example, when the subject was “he”, “she”, or “it,” I used [...]

Write What You Know — is this an antiquated writer’s rule or not?

By guest blogger Kent Hinckley, author of Hearts, Minds, and Coffee. Many writers, readers, and critics believe that one should “write what you know.” When I wrote a play about a Nazi prison camp in World War II, someone said, “What are you doing? You were born then. You didn’t experience it. I disagree. Good [...]

Chapter excerpt: 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School by Sarah E. Galimore

About the book, 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School:   Colleges and employers continue to grapple with the fact that students in the United States are not prepared for the demands of higher education and the workforce. Students scramble to figure out where to go to school, how to get in, what to study, and [...]

Author Profile: Sarah E. Galimore

About the author of 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School, Sarah E. Galimore:  Sarah Galimore is the founder of an online educational community dedicated to providing affordable, comprehensive and forward-thinking academic and career planning services. For the past ten years Sarah has worked in a variety of roles, garnering diverse experience in market research, [...]

The Future of Education: Do You See What I See?

My sister is an elementary school teacher. For years, the stories she’s shared about life in the classroom with her impressionable little charges, have been a source of humor and pure joy for me and my family. The things her students say and do are simply hilarious. At the same time, some of the stories [...]

The 3 R’s of College Debt: Rising Costs, Risks, and Returns

Loaded down. Enormous. Crushing. Bankrupting. Stressful. Problematic. These are words often used in conjunction with descriptions of one of the most important investments we will ever make. Before we even contemplate owning a house, buying our dream car, the wedding and honeymoon, and any other major expense, most of us have already committed thousands of [...]