H. Paul Honsinger describes himself as a "reformed attorney." After practicing law for more than twenty years, as well as trying his hand at teaching, selling Pontiacs and GMC pickup trucks, and counseling teenagers, Honsinger retired to write full time. He lives in rural Mohave County, Arizona with his wife, stepson, and two fantastically eccentric cats. His daughter is a Music major at a university in Southern California.
His wife, Kathleen, is better known as the successful fantasy-romance author, Laura Jo Phillips, the author of the well-loved "Soul-Linked Saga," as well as the "Orbs of Rathira" Trilogy, and the "Hearts of ICARUS" series.
He is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a graduate of Lake Charles High School, the University of Michigan, and the Louisiana State University law school.
Space and military history are H. Paul Honsinger's life long passions. Lacking the physical attributes to be an astronaut or a soldier, and not endowed with the mathematical ability essential to become an Aerospace Engineer or an Astronomer, he "settled" for a career in law. But, the study of space and war have always been a part of his life. He became an amateur astronomer, made himself an expert on the history of space exploration (if you ever tell him that the moon landings were a hoax, expect an argument; expect to lose), and never stopped studying the history and the art of war.
Paul started reading science fiction at the age of seven (starting with "Between Planets" by Robert Heinlein) and has been a lifelong fan of the genre. He also developed an interest in military history upon seeing the movie "Patton" on television in 1972 when he was twelve. He has spent years studying in detail the campaigns of Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Lee, Grant, Jackson, Halsey, and Patton and--perhaps most significantly--thinking deeply and precisely about what it would be like if the stories about combat in space he read and saw on the screen were told in a way that made scientific and military sense.
He never thought he would be a fiction writer. His wife, Kathleen, one day pointed at his computer chair and said: "Sit. Start writing. Now." The result was the first draft of Chapter 1 of "To Honor You Call Us" (the Prologue was written later). Paul tremulously presented it to Kathleen and asked "am I wasting my time?" She said "no" and the rest of the novel followed. Paul's goal is simple: to write military science fiction done right--stories in which the alien enemies are believable foes, fighting for a plausible reason, with weapons that don't violate the laws of physics, and where the tactics used by both sides make some sort of geometric and military sense. He wanted to bring to space the same kind of realistic adventure one finds on the sea in the novels of Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester. Why not, he thought, tell realistic human stories against the background of a realistic military conflict that just happens to be set 300 years in the future? And why not try to evoke in the imaginations of readers vivid images of what the lives of these men would be like, fighting for the survival of mankind among the stars, thousands of light years from home?
Paul believes that, even though it is usually set in the future, Science Fiction can be as "real" as any other literary genre. No matter what instrumentalities he may control, no matter what power he may have at his fingertips and what wonders await him in the year 2315 and beyond, Man will still be Man, and it should be possible to write stories of that time that engage us, that move us, that touch us, and that inspire us today.
Learn more about Paul and his exciting new military science fiction series, "Man of War" by visiting his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/honsingerscifi (please remember to click the "Like" button while you're there!). Paul also blogs about the series, Science Fiction, and other topics, at http://hpaulhonsinger.com.
Paul loves hearing from readers. Please feel free to write to him at email@example.com.