Help us launch the MVICC podcast!

MVICC podcast logoIf you’ve enjoyed my interviews  with Military Veterans…  our podcast officially launches this Wednesday, Veterans Day (

BUT what we’d like to ask your help with is this – we’re trying to hit new and noteworthy, so we’re going with two big pushes, and the first is through Thunderclap.

– Click on the link, then hit support on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and what it will do is send social media messages from all of us on the 16th.
– We need to hit 100 supporters, so please join and share like crazy.
– Many of you #Veterans will likely be on the podcast if you haven’t been yet, so in a way you’re pre-supporting yourself!

If you’re not a veteran, you’ll still love the podcast! So help us spread the word, subscribe to the podcast, and leave us some reviews. We appreciate it.

And here’s the link (below). Thank you again!

And we’re doing it in two parts, so if you could also help us with this launch by supporting on HeadTalker.

Veterans in Creative Careers: Eric Johnson, Author (National Guard)

Eric JohnsonEric Johnson is retired from the National Guard. He has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in his 15-year career as an active duty Soldier and a National Guardsman. He has used his experience when writing military science fiction, and aims to relive or transfer those experiences to his writing. He has also written erotica as well as a steampunk short story. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

His website is and his Twitter is


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Veterans in Creative Careers: James Bane, Actor (Marines)

James BaneJames Bane was born and raised on Dale Hollow Lake near Celina, Tennessee. He was a fun loving, goofy kid. Fortunate enough to have received football and academic scholarships to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky, James majored in Communications and Theology, earning his Bachelor of Arts in both. He graduated Marine Corps bootcamp in August 2001, and served in Iraq in 2004 and 2006. After an Honorable Discharge in 2008, James went on to graduate from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Dramatic Arts in 2013, with an MFA in Theatre. He now resides in Hollywood, California.

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Veterans in Creative Careers: Owen Monahan, Video Game Streamer (Marines)

Owen M.Owen Monahan served in the Marines for four years as an 0331 Machinegunner, where he went on three deployments before being honorably discharged. He went on to become a fulltime video game streamer for Team2g on Twitch., meaning he broadcasts video games for a living. You can find him under the tag MachinegunnerUSMC.

These interviews, along with the author’s advice on the topic, are available in the book Military Veterans in Creative Careers.

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Interview: Don Gomez, Games Writer (Army)

Q9NyzmoVDon Gomez is an officer in the United States Army and an unapologetic gamer. He has served as both an infantry non-commissioned officer and infantry officer, completing multiple combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Outside of the military, Don has dedicated significant time working on behalf of veterans at both the local and national levels. He has written dozens of articles on veterans, war, and gaming that have appeared in various publications, to include the New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Vice Magainze.

Don is particularly interested in the intersection of the military and video games and writes about it frequently on his blog Carrying the Gun. On his last deployment to Afghanistan, Don’s platoon was the recipient of a “supply drop” and experienced first-hand the important work that Operation Supply Drop does in “bringing fun where there is none.”

Don is from New York and has an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School ofOriental and African Studies in London and a BA in International Studies from the City College of New York.


Veterans in Creative Careers: Trevor Scott, Actor (Army)

Trevor Scott - Commercial Headshot 3 - CopyBIO: Trevor Scott is a Los Angeles-based actor who has appeared on television shows such as Criminal Minds (CBS), Enlisted (Fox), Days of Our Lives (NBC), and General Hospital (ABC), and has had lead roles in the films Zulu 6, Book of Choices, and Texas Zombie Wars. He has appeared in numerous national commercials as well. Trevor recently was seen starring on stage in “Tracers,” directed by John Difusco and co-produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and USVAA. L.A. Weekly declared the play their “Pick of the Week,” singling out Trevor’s performance as “particularly compelling.” Trevor holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University and has also studied at Lesly Kahn, Margie Haber, and The Groundlings. In addition to his acting career, Trevor served five years in the 1-506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, completing tours in both Ramadi, Iraq, and Wardak Province, Afghanistan as an Infantry Sergeant.

Find interviews like this one on the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast, where Trevor is a co-host!


Military Veterans in Creative Careers – The Book!

Military Veterans in Creative Careers - Justin SloanI’ve been working on a passion project for some time and finally have it ready!

My book Military Veterans in Creative Careers on Amazon for pre-order (available 7-4-15).

And we all like free stuff, right? Well to celebrate the publication of this book, I have a couple freebies:

1) Everyone who joins my mailing list and follows me on Twitter will be entered in to win one of 10 free copies of my Creative Writing Career audiobook (regular price = $19.95).

2)  If you order a print copy and leave an honest review, shoot me an email and I will give the first 5 people to do so a signed copy of the book and a digital copy of the audiobook when they come out, AND a digital copy of the Creative Writing Career audiobook now. If you aren’t one of the 5, you will be entered into a chance to be one of 20 people to get the audiobook free when it comes out.

And stay tuned, because I will be announcing other freebies and giveaways shortly!

(The above applies to U.S. and U.K. customers only, sorry)


Many of our nation’s men and women exit the military without a clue of what to do next. Others pursue their passions, doing everything they can to break into the life they’ve always dreamed of.

This book provides guidance on how to follow your passions, and includes interviews with MILITARY VETERANS who have gone on to creative careers.

Interviewees include:
– Novelists
– Screenwriters
– Actors
– Producers
– Directors
– People in Video Games (writers, producers, and more)

Brought to you from the author of Creative Writing Career, this book will serve as your mentor and guide as you too pursue your passions.

CALL TO ACTION: If you would like to be part of this campaign and help spread the word, email me at I am happy to provide #free review copies to those of you willing to post an honest review.

Thank you for your support!


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Veterans in Creative Careers: Heather Ashby (Navy)

Small HeadshotAward winning author, Heather Ashby is a Navy veteran who taught school and raised a family while accompanying her Navy husband around the United States, Japan, and the Middle East. In gratitude for their Army son’s safe return from Afghanistan and Iraq, she now writes military romance novels, donating half her royalties to Fisher House Foundation in support of wounded warriors and their families. Her son serves as her cover model, helping to raise money for Fisher Houses around the world. Heather lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida with her retired Navy husband. UNFORGETTABLE is the fourth and final book in her “Love in the Fleet” series.

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Veterans in Creative Careers: Max Thayer, Actor (Army)

eyecool 002Born in Detroit, Max Thayer has appeared on stage, screen and television. After being drafted into the Army he served for three years and headed for Hollywood after his discharge. Conventional stage credits include: American Soldiers at the Hollywood American Legion, What Price Glory? for the Liberty Theater also at the Hollywood American Legion, and The ReBirth at Theater Unlimited. He has also performed in the acclaimed experimental theater production, Liquid Theater at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and got his start in show biz doing street theater in Venice California. Film credits include: Charlie Wilson’s War, SWAT, Iron Eagle, No Retreat No Surrender 2, Planet of the Dinosaurs, and American Gun in which he played James Coburn’s grandfather in a flashback sequence in that great actors last film. Television saw him guest star on Corey in the House, Head Cases, Benson, and Diagnosis: Dead or Alive. Max makes his home in Los Angeles where he continues to live and pursue the dream. (more…)

Veterans in Creative Careers: Shawn Garrett, Author (Marine)

Shawn Garrett500 Miles an Hour is a hard-hitting, in-your-face, combat experience seen through the eyes of a Marine serving in Iraq. It details mental, physical, and spiritual injuries that could haunt a person for a lifetime, then guides the reader along a pathway of healing from the traumas of war. Take this journey of friendship, pride, and love with a staff sergeant leading his men into combat, while tackling the walls of protection he builds around himself. If 500 Miles an Hour could be boiled down to one word, it would be survival—man’s most basic and deadly instinct. All stress injuries are different, but the treatment is the same. It starts with you.

After much soul-searching and deliberation, and many sleepless nights counting stars, Shawn decided to join the Marine Corps. He served 13 years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant and deploying twice to Iraq, where he led marines through combat. In his time of service, he endured hardships and victories that will forever link him to the brotherhood of arms.

As an emerging author, Shawn uses fiction writing to help him through his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Writing is cathartic for him, allowing for the painful memories to flow from his brain and heart, down his hands, out of his body, and onto the page. This, along with the love of his family and friends, has brought stability to his life. He currently develops and directs course curricula for the Enlisted Professional Military Education Distance Education Program at Marine Corps University. Shawn makes his home in the beautiful state of Virginia.

UPDATE: See the following TV interview with Shawn about his book –

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