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About Dan Long
I was raised on a hog farm which had wide open spaces and some woods to wonder in. I was in the first ever complete the criminal justice class to graduate from Licking County Joint Vocational School where I was inducted into the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society. I received my associate’s degree from Central Ohio Technical College in criminal justice and I am currently taking classes to earn a bachelor’s degree in public safety management and leadership. I have spent my career in law enforcement as a police officer and security. I’m an avid outdoorsman and love to hunt and fish. I owned my own video production that showcased my activities on DVD and on YouTube. I am a vintage toy dealer on the side and vendor at many toy shows throughout Ohio.
One of my pet peeves from the publishing I experienced was trying to find anyone interested in my work. I sent out over 40 letters to literacy agents and always got the same response that it was not for them. That is why I went into self-publishing. I do like history, and I found Harry Turtledove who has the gift of being one—if not—the best alternate history book authors. When I read Guns of the South, I was hooked. I’m not taking his style, but I like the notion of “What if?”
As of right now, I am working on two new novels. One is the sequel to my first novel and the other is about a young boy dealing with loss and bullying.
My first novel is set in 2023, and the US government is on the verge of bankruptcy. To cut costs, the president suspends unemployment and welfare services. Some state governors comment that their state governments will help where the federal government will not, but some of those governors get assassinated mysteriously. With ongoing rioting, the president decides to constitute martial law and suspends the Second Amendment. Some state governors think the president has gone too far and decide to secede from the US, creating a whole new country called the Free States of America holding true to the meaning of America and whom it’s supposed to support: “the People.” The president, with an army split into two, doesn’t have enough manpower to overcome the rebels and asks the United Nations for help; but, only one country is willing help—Russia.
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Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
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