J. J. Zerr writes stories in the historical fiction genre. Mostly. His novels are set in the Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam War eras. On January 2, 2008, he sat down in front of his computer and began working on his first novel. Now he has published a collection of short stories, some of which are set in the current time frame. Writing is his third—not career—passion.

He is a US Navy and Vietnam veteran. Serving aboard ships and as navy carrier pilot for thirty-six years, he logged over one thousand carrier landings and more than three hundred combat missions during the Vietnam War. He retired from the US Navy in 1995 and resided in the St. Louis area with his wife, Saint Karen. He then worked in the aerospace industry for eleven years.

Writing, he says, is harder than work. Rewriting is harder than writing, and book promotion is harder than rewriting. "But I can’t not write.”

Highlights of his navy career: command of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, the greatest warship in the universe, he calls it; flying 320 combat missions over Vietnam; and serving with thousands and thousands of American patriots. Following naval service he worked in the aerospace industry for eleven years.

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