Jon Magee joins the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest today with his week-long series of guest blogs. We will be posting his story daily as he tells us about his fascinating life and what inspired him to share it with the world through his writing. He also shares his book marketing strategies and describes some of the promotional events he has been involved in.
Jon Magee is the AuthorHouse author of two books, From Barren Rocks . . . To Living Stones and Paradise Island, Heavenly Journey. He begins his story with an outline of the places he has lived and the events he has experienced.
Life on the Line
By Jon Magee
What leads a person to open their life up for the world to see and read? Indeed, does the world really want to read the story of one individual?
My early life has been very nomadic, born the son of a member of the British Royal Air force and then soon after leaving school I joined the Royal Air Force as well for 10 years. This resulted in me attending 14 different schools by the time I had completed my secondary education, and by the time I was 30 I was never anywhere more than 3 years maximum from birth.
An Eventful Quarter of a Century
Life for me was never going to be dull, there was always a new adventure waiting around the corner. Reflecting on those years the following items struck me:
1. I was a child in Singapore in the 1950’s during the Chinese riots
2. From 1960 to 1962 I was in Germany at the height of the Cold War
3. From 1966 to 1967 as a teenager I lived in Aden (now part of Yemen)during the terrorism and conflict of that period, and was amongst those evacuated in 1967, a major British mission at the time.
4. After joining the RAF I went to Malta in time for the Maltese Prime Minister, Don Mintoff, to decide he did not like the British.
5. Soon after getting married my wife and I were posted to Cyprus from 1973 to 1975, in time for the Military coup and Turkish invasions in 1974.
Clearly, wherever there was trouble there was one common factor, ME! There was so much of my life that could be described as being part of an adventure story, but there was nothing fictional about it, it was real.
Settling in the Present
Formal education was a struggle, though there were many other aspects of life that would open my eyes to things I would never have learned from a book. Perhaps a part of the coping mechanism of a youth living an unsettled life was the reason that I would find it easier to quickly forget the people and places of my past. If push came to shove there would be items that I could recall as events were filed in my mind in accordance with places I lived, but normal life left it so easy to leave them at the back of the mind. The reasoning being that I could not settle if I was always looking back at where I had been.
I could speak some more on that, but for a moment let me share with you an experience that took place in 2006. By this time I had become a Baptist Minister living in Scotland.
We continue with Jon’s 2006 experience in part two of his AuthorHouse Author’s Digest series tomorrow as we follow his story throughout the week.
Jon Magee’s AuthorHouse Bibliography