Harold Phifer’s “Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan.” A soldier deals with anxieties and his dysfunctional past while serving in the military in foreign countries. The possibility of death and never seeing his family and friends again mentally tortured him during the long deployments. He feels vulnerable and needs to get mental closure to move past his fears.
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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-published author Harold Phifer.
About the Author
Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. All of his first 25 years were solidly spent inside his home state. After graduating from Mississippi State University and Jackson State University, he went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 23 years as an Air Traffic Controller. He eventually left the FAA and began work as an international contractor where he has done numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back
I found myself caught in the middle of the biggest vehicle explosion to ever hit Afghanistan. While dealing with injuries and destruction my mind kept spinning out of control from horror to horror to my dysfunctional past. I did my best to replay my personal ordeals and the reactions of the people around me as accurately as possible. The journey starts out in a tropical country of Thailand where I was living a carefree life with no worries or drama. By happenstance I came across another retiree (Dylan) that took advantage of my drunken state while easily coercing me to dive into my life’s history. It was a life that I buried deep below the surface away from my kids, my family, my friends, my co-workers, and mainly myself. Each story is sure to affect you differently than the previous one. Dealing with what I had viewed as an imminent death helped to bring closure to where I was once open and exposed. The book touches on the sad, the shocking, and the schizophrenic behaviors that surrounded me until later into my adulthood. I tried to ratchet down those experiences with my sense of humor and creative out-takes. You are guaranteed to read this book over and over again! You may find yourself identifying with many of the events or characters. But undoubtedly, some of the stories will stick with you like nothing you have ever read or ever heard of before.
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OP: Tell us a little bit about Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking it All Back. What is it about?
Harold: Fighting for survival from a car bombing in Afghanistan yet finding the peace that had eluded him in the process.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Harold: During my most frightening moment I promised myself that I would write this story if I survived that Taliban attack.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Harold: I self-published through Outskirts Press.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Harold: Readers that like survival stories; readers that have dealt with bullies; readers that are from dysfunctional households; readers that have dealt with schizophrenia; readers that have love for a father; readers that love comedy/humor; readers that loves a feel good/inspirational story.
OP: What is special about your book?
Harold: It’s a combination of Terror, Disgust, Innate Love, Inspiration, and Humor.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Harold: Most people can identify with at least one of the characters or events in the book.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Harold: This is my first book.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Harold: I do plan a follow-up book.
OP: Thanks for your time, Harold! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. All of his first 25 years were solidly spent inside his home state. After graduating from Mississippi State University and Jackson State University he went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 23 years as an Air Traffic Controller. He eventually left the FAA and began work as an international contractor where he has done numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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