Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve probably been writing since I in 6th grade. Short little stories about nothing, mostly because I was busy not paying attention in class.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I wish I had a good answer to that. I always wanted to be a writer, but to me it sounded like a pipe dream. It reminds me of that scene in Step Brothers when the Dad is told “Stop being a dinosaur and get a job!” Because of how dumb it sounded that someone would actually pay me real currency that they worked for to read what my stupid fingers typed on a laptop.
Is this book a stand-alone, or are you planning a sequel?
Due to the subject of my book and the fact I am no longer a Soldier, a sequel seems unlikely.
What was the most challenging part about writing down your story?
Doing the story, and my fellow soldiers justice all while staying painfully honest with the subject matter. It didnt make a lot of people happy when they read accounts of their actions several years later.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Go for it. A lot of people are going to tell you you’re stupid for wanting to try to make a living doing this. But the guy from Stepbrothers is right: don’t let them steal your dinosaur.
About the Book
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.