I think the hardest part of being an author is really believing in your own work. I have written things I was sure were great and have been told they were crap and written things that I was sure were crap and people loved them. You're going to go through massive ups and massive downs and doubt yourself if all of the hours you've put into that word file is even worth it. I don't know how I would have made it through this process without really believing this story was one that should be told.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
A group of badly led, badly trained, and unmotivated US Army Soldiers get dropped into one of the most dangerous places in the known world. Hilarity ensues. Did I mention this was a true story?
What inspired you to write this book?
I really felt like the vast majority of media being put out about the soldiers serving overseas was so badly tilted towards outright propaganda it did the guys who really served an injustice. It's all so nice and clean and sanitized, it really couldn't be more different than the reality is for the majority of soldiers who have served a combat tour. Not Sebastian Junger's 'War' or Colby Buzell's 'My War' though, those books are fantastic and you should absolutely read them.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I don't have a good answer for that. I can go weeks at a time being unable to write anything worth a damn, but then spend a solid 12 hours jamming out good content. I'm one of those people were I just have to feel "it".
Name your top five favorite books.
Oh man I only get to pick 5?
War -Sebastian Junger
Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green- Jonny Rico
The Road- Cormac McCarthy
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
Tokyo Vice- Jake Adelstein
What are you working on now?
I'm actually super excited about two things i'm working on. My first fiction novel, a military sci fi novel called Citizen of Earth is close to being finished and a collaborative effort between myself and Amy Good on a graphic novel titled Basil's Crew which is in it's illustrative phase now.
Title: The Hooligans of Kandahar
Author: Joseph Kassabian
Genre: Nonfiction / War Memoir
During the peak years of the Afghanistan War, a group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Mismanaged and overlooked by command, how they survive is largely up to them. In the birthplace of the Taliban, some men lose their sanity, others their humanity. They are The Hooligans.
Written in the months and years following his deployment, Joseph Kassabian recounts his time in the isolated and dangerous country of Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, The Hooligans of Kandahar is a sobering, saddening, and often sarcastic first-hand account of America’s War on Terror.