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REIQ Journal : October 2008
28 Journal Q & A The Journal Q & A with Gary McKay, author of Deeds, Dreams & Dedication: A History of the REIQ Gary McKay began his career as an author in 1987 when his autobiography In Good Company was published. It was the first Australian book to document the experiences of a veteran from the Vietnam war and became a best seller in the non-fiction market. The book’s publishers asked for more and Gary’s oral history technique ensured his successive books continued to sell. On his retirement from the Army in 1998, Gary became a full-time freelance historian and non-fiction writer. He has spent the past five years researching and writing Deeds, Dreams & Dedication: The History of the REIQ. Q: What is it about being an author that you enjoy the most? A: I think meeting the people during the research phases of my books. I get a real kick out of meeting the people who were involved in the events and happenings I am going to write about. It allows me to put a “face” to the history page. Once I have gathered all the material, I love attacking the composition phase where I have to blend the history and personal perspectives together. It is a process I enjoy, even though it can drive me nuts sometimes when I am constantly diving into transcripts to find an expression or phrase that will capture the essence of what I am after. Q: What are some of the other titles you have worked on? A: In military titles I have written Viet Nam Fragments, Delta Four, Jungle Tracks, All Guts and No Glory, Bullets Beans and Bandages, Sleeping with Your Ears Open, Viet Nam Shots, The Men Who Persevered, Australia’s Battlefields in Viet Nam, Going Back and On Patrol with the SAS. In general non-fiction I wrote Tracy – the storm that wiped out Darwin and Firefighters and Times of Change – A History of Caloundra City. I have also written REIQ Journal October 2008