Just released AMERICAN WIFE: LOVE, WAR, FAITH, AND RENEWAL with Taya Kyle, and it's been amazing to see how many people have thanked us for writing this book. We did a talk at the YWCA in Ridgewood, NJ on the first day the book was released. The place was packed and afterwards, the line was long as everyone seemed to want to share their own stories and struggles with Taya.
Working with Taya has been easily the most emotional experience of my writing career. I know many people will want to read the book for more insights and information about her husband Chris, and it certainly does give a new, deeper perspective of the man everyone now knows as the "American Sniper." But for me, Taya's story truly stands on its own. She shows us all how to deal with love, fame, and unspeakable grief. Her struggles to carry on after Chris's death, not just with everyday life but with a shared vision of helping others, is truly remarkable and inspirational. There are lessons there for everyone, whether you are a parent, a spouse, or a lover. I pray every day that I have half the resilience and energy she has.
I was honored to attend the New York City premiere of the film "American Sniper" at Lincoln Center on Dec. 15th, 2014. It was an emotional evening. I thought Bradley Cooper did a fantastic job of portraying Chris Kyle, and Sienna Miller stole every scene she was in as Chris's wife Taya. As Clint Eastwood said when he introduced the movie-- this is an important story and I am happy and humble to have been a part of it.
The movie tie-in paperback of "American Sniper" (with Bradley Cooper on the cover) features wonderful stories from Taya Kyle about how much care the movie stars and crew took to get the details of their lives right for the screen. Screenwriter Jason Hall added his thoughts on writing the film.
The movie will be released on Christmas Day. And Chris Kyle's legacy continues through his charity the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which works to help military families and veterans (at www.ChrisKyleFrog.com).