I have a tough time talking about myself, so below is my official biography from Amazon.
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Stan R. Mitchell writes action-packed thrillers, which readers have compared to the works of Vince Flynn, Lee Child, and Stephen Hunter. He’s the author of “Sold Out,” “Soldier On,” and “Little Man, and the Dixon County War.”
Mitchell grew up in the South, in the mountains of East Tennessee. He learned to hunt and shoot at a young age and joined the Marine Corps after high school, insisting his recruiter guarantee him in writing an infantry billet.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Mitchell served as a rifleman and earned a Combat Action Ribbon when his platoon took part in hostilities in Albania in 1997 (Operation Silver Wake). He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant after four years of service.
Mitchell entered college after the Marines, attending the University of Tennessee. Ambitious as always, he carried a heavy workload each semester and refused to take the summers off, instead going year-round and working close to 30 hours a week. He also launched a furniture assembly business on the side with a friend, and as fate would have it, this bout of entrepreneurship would not be his last.
Following graduation from UT with a journalism degree, Mitchell worked as a reporter at several newspapers and refined his style of writing. But he would eventually feel the tug of entrepreneurship again, so he launched his own weekly newspaper at the age of 27.
With just $20,000, Mitchell founded The Oak Ridge Observer in 2004. He would go on to call that decision something even crazier than entering Marine Corps boot camp at the age of 17. Despite a divorce, a near bankruptcy, and a bout practically homeless living in a friend’s basement rent-free, Mitchell’s newspaper managed to survive its early years and continues to grow more than eight years later. (He gives great credit to God, friends, family members, investors, and community supporters for the paper not failing during its many, many challenges in the early years; he also cites his own ignorance and youthful enthusiasm for the paper’s survival, stating these days that he wouldn’t attempt a similar feat with less than $250,000.)
Mitchell lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and when he’s not working at his newspaper with his wife Danah, he’s usually either writing, working out, or practicing Shaolin Kung Fu.
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Okay, enough with the formal bio from Amazon, now back to me, writing in first person, keeping it real, as always. Besides writing fiction, I’m also a nut when it comes to blogging. Besides all my fiction writing and the writing I do at The Oak Ridge Observer, I also maintain a second blog besides this one: Marine Watch: A blog on American foreign policy.
Additionally, if you want to know more about me, here’s a recent (almost uncomfortable) interview: Story link.
Let’s see… What else… Oh, here’s how high my fame has already taken me! I have groupies!!! : )
Finally, if you’re wondering if I can write worth a damn, here’s a free short story, only four pages long.
A young man, a tough bar, and a crazy chick.
What could possibly go wrong?
When I’m not working at The Oak Ridge Observer, which I started when I was 27 and too stupid to know what could or couldn’t be done, I’m usually writing, pumping iron, or practicing martial arts — mostly Shaolin Kung Fu, with a healthy dose of Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai. (Yeah, most of you won’t even know what that stuff is, but some of you will.)
Believe me, I’m not even going to front… I wholeheartedly own up to having small man’s syndrome and being too ambitious for my own good. But, please, feel free to send me a line and get to know me! I’m not a big shot. Yet. And I’m not crazy. I swear. (Insert twisted grin here.)
- My first blog post ever: “You really want to follow me.”
- My thoughts on dreaming and giving up on those dreams.
- Finally, on the right you’ll see all kinds of “Categories.” Click on any of them and you’ll see all posts related to that topic. I highly recommend hitting this one: Motivation. If you’re not motivated by the time you finish a few on that list, then there’s no hope for you! : ) Also, I’ve got some great posts on Eastern philosophy, and the concept of slowing down and living in the moment.
One hidden gem for this page, for the patient ones who read down this far. This link is about a book I believe to be worth $10,000. So, please accept the greatest gift I can give.
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Attention Publishers & Agents
If you’re an agent or book publisher, here’s more detailed info about me. I’ve been writing novels since I was 9 or 10, which means for the past nearly 25 years I’ve written a ton of words, most of which sucked. You know that. I know that.
But in the last ten years, I’ve taken my writing to the next level. I honed my skills at UT, earned a journalism degree, and typed thousands of words under excruciating stress for several newspapers.
Just as importantly, I served four years in the Marine Corps and earned a Combat Action Ribbon along with my platoon. (We raced into the capitol city of Albania and evacuated nearly a thousand people from that shithole and all the idiots running around with guns. Operation Silver Wake.)
So… In summary, I know when a sentence don’t work — umm, I’m thinking this one doesn’t — and I know guns and guys, my primary target audience. And since I’m selling myself, I guess you could say I know how to market, having sold (or supervised the selling of) well over a million dollars in advertising in a business I founded at the age of 27.
I’m also a nut when it comes to blogging. I maintain a second blog besides this one: Marine Watch: A blog on American foreign policy.