Alumna's Book Earns Nod

In a recent article featured on the Daily Beast, novelist Jesse Goolsby lists 15 great books about Iraq and Afghanistan.

On the list is Flashes of War, the debut novel by Katey Schultz MFA ’08.

Goolsby calls the books, “a kinetic and holistic look at the War on Terror” that features “flash fiction in its finest form.

“Ambitious and fearless, Schultz’s imaginative reach in Flashes of War is something to behold,” he writes.

Schultz studied fiction in the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program, where she found a mentor in faculty member, novelist and essayist Claire Davis.

“She’s definitely the writer on my shoulder when I work, a kind of Jiminy Cricket,” Schultz said in an interview with Pacific University when the book debuted.

She called Flashes of War pure fiction, based in characters and informed by a couple of conversations with soldiers about the logistics of warfare.

“They are stories about bringing people together,” Schultz said.

Schultz is a recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council. Flashes of War was named a 2013 Book of the Year by the Military Writers Society of America.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015