E. Franklin Evans
NOW AVAILABLE...Stand To...: A Young Man's Journey to Manhood During the Vietnam War   EFranklinEvans.com   The story of a young man who is awakened to the world around him when a tragic event propels him into his journey to manhood.

Who am I?

My career as a military officer provided many diverse experiences for me and my family. We've seen many different cultures and learned to respect other's values. I retired after twenty-six years in the military. I worked as an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America for about a year and a half then went back to my military environment. I worked as a defense contractor for one of the U.S. Army's Battle Labs where I supervised computer simulations during research and experimentation of potential new tactics and equipment. I concurrently taught microcomputer applications at a local community college two nights a week for around 11 years.

As far as my main motivation for writing my current book, I was the typical teenager of the sixties. I was mostly a carefree youngster who had two major concerns in life: gasoline and perfume. That is, I was interested in cars and girls and how to get both. I spent most of my time carousing, drinking, going to the drive-in movies, lying on the beach, and working as little as I could in order to keep me in gasoline and girlfriends. I was a good student who went to college because most of my friends did and a major factor was to keep ahead of the draft. I was lucky to get a student loan, but spent my year at Florida State University avoiding studies. I was young and irresponsible.

 When a close friend was killed in combat in Vietnam all of that changed. I was deeply saddened and realized I was wasting my life and I had no purpose. Although my father was intensely against my joining the Army, I felt I had to go and find out what had given my friend such self-assurance. I was angry and felt a need to avenge his sacrifice. I guess that I was also looking for a bit of adventure with all this.

Writing that book unleashed a desire to write that had been somewhat dormant for years. Now I can't wait to get to my computer and let my imagination run wild as I develop characters,and weave them into interesting stories that, I hope, will develop a following that will support my continued works.