Redwood likes to think that retelling these stories can help the present day.
“It’s like the old adage, ‘Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them,’” he said.
Redwood said he didn’t actually begin writing the stories until the late 1980s when his life settled down a bit.
“I think, to a certain extent, the stories had a chance to percolate,” he said. “After leaving Vietnam, I got involved in teaching English and French in Southern California and going to law school. I actually didn’t start writing until 1987. The first story was published in 1993.”
Redwood said as a writer “you are constantly hitting your stride and then getting off and then back on.”
Bailey said it can be difficult for a writer to stay motivated when life is going on around him or her, and she finds support in other writers.
“There are writers groups in the Albany area. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America,” she said.
Bailey said joining the writers group gave her a place to tell people what she was writing and where she was held her accountable for her work.
Redwood said it can be tough to find the time everyday, but knowing that there are others out there in the same position can help.
“While still teaching law full time, preparing classes, working with students and other commitments, it’s hard for me to find the time,” he said. “One thing that happens as a writer is you work a lot in isolation, and it’s easy to get the feeling that you are struggling. I think everyone goes through the same process”
Among the other top names scheduled for a seminar and reading is Walter Mosley, bestselling author of more than 40 books; Walter Kirn, a journalist and fiction writer; Akhil Sharma, an Indian-American fiction writer; and fiction writer E.L. Doctorow.