More on the Secret Origin of Rookhouse!
The week before our big storm here on the coast, we told you how Rookhouse got its name. What we didn’t tell you is why we formed Rookhouse in the first place.
Never mind the crow story. Rookhouse was formed by a group of returned Operation Iraqi Freedom vets wanting to get back together and do something useful and fun.
Some of us are retired or disabled or just plain returned vets. We’d met up either over in the sandbox or back home at the VA. Now, the VA has many wonderful social outreach and recreational therapy programs for returning vets like kayaking, camping, motorcycle clubs — just not many venues for vets of a more bookish or computer geek nature.
So we formed our own.
That isn’t to say that we take running Rookhouse lightly. When we put up a Rookhouse book or story, it’s because we believe it can go toe-to-toe with traditional professionally published material.
Luckily in that regard, award-winning comic book/science fiction author and fellow OIF vet Lee Allred stepped up to help us. A couple of us here at Rookhouse had met or served with Mr. Allred over in the sandbox (or rather Master Sergeant Allred as we knew him). Mr. Allred graciously allowed us the use of some of his previously published work to get the ball rolling.
So that’s the double secret probation origin of Rookhouse Books.
So maybe a crow didn’t fly through our window one dark and stormy night, but we’re every bit as inspired to don the guise of Rookhouse heroes to go forth doing good as doing-good good-doers.
And, to be frank, be very, very grateful that a crow didn’t fly through our window! Considering the physiques of some of us old battered-up vets, you really don’t want to see us in spandex tights!
To the Rookcave, old chums!
— Kip Grant, spandex-challenged Publisher