Where did I get the inspiration to write the book?

The unresolved dilemma in the Middle East constantly bothered me. Why wasn’t something done to resolve the situation? America has the power to insist and enforce UN Resolutions but refused to act in that manner. They coached, expecting the two sides to sort things out and come to an agreement. That sounded reasonable, but it didn’t work and the violence continued. Who is retaliating against whom was referenced in my first book, “To Beirut and Back.”

The invasion of Iraq was the catalyst. Although historians are now writing about what was in fact known before the invasion, that information was ignored. The real reason for the invasion was for Iraq’s large oil reserves. Israel was in favor of the invasion supported the claim of “harboring terrorists” as well as possessing WDM’s. It tended to deflect criticism of their actions against the Palestinians and the fact that they had their own arsenal of WDM’s.

I began to write and then placed the manuscript aside on several occasions asking myself why I would want to get involved in this mess. I’m retired. I don’t need the hassle or the criticism that would be forthcoming, so why bother? It’s not my problem. The realization that no politician would place his neck on the line to do the right thing by enforcement meant that the pressure would only come from the American people. And for that to happen, they must somehow feel some pain or the possibility of it. The assault on the twin towers on 9/11 placed the blame squarely on Al Quaida, however the root of the problem was again ignored. If the body suffers pain, does one just take a pain killer for relief or try to find out what caused the pain? The cause of the problem has its roots in the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma and the wounds continue to fester.

I decided to finish the book and seek publication. If it can open the eyes of some people and make a difference that will affect change, then it will have been worth the effort.

How did I get it published?

I sent query letters to publishers and agents and got the normal rejections, “Not suitable for us,” etc. I then sent an inquiry to a small publisher, All Things That Matter Press, and they asked to see the manuscript. After review, they agreed to publish it.

For aspiring authors

It is helpful if you write about something where you have some special knowledge. A subject that excites you will be reflected in your writing. Once you have written the story, have someone review it for content and editing. I would suggest that you don’t use friends or relatives. You require a disinterested person who will be brutally honest.

Abe F. March is an international business consultant and author, living near Landau, Germany with his wife Gisela. An active retiree, he enjoys hiking and exploring the local vineyards and can also be heard singing with a regional men’s choir. Mr. March’s career has taken him around the world to work in many areas from his birthplace in the USA to Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

His first book, To Beirut and Back – An American in the Middle East, was published in 2006 and is a memoir of his adventures that took him to Lebanon in the 1970s. Mr. March grew up in York County, Pennsylvania on the family farm, and he served in the USAF from 1957-61. His business career got underway with the computing sciences division of IBM’s service bureau where he held positions as manager of administration and operations analyst. He later joined an international cosmetic company where he rapidly achieved top distributor status and was promoted to Vice President of Sales Development and Product Marketing Management, an opportunity which took him throughout the USA and into Canada, Greece, and Germany.

With international experience and an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. March started his own importing business headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, for the distribution of cosmetics and toiletries to the Middle East markets. With an ease about him and a talent for developing business relationships, he also functioned as a locator of goods and services sought by Mid-Eastern clients before the civil war in Lebanon destroyed his successful business enterprise. Mr. March returned to the United States to start over, and was soon working on an international level once again. His subsequent work involved Swan Technologies, Inc., a personal computer manufacturer in West Germany, and back to the US to work with Stork NV, supporting a fleet of 1200 Foker Aircraft. He officially retired in 2001.

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