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Author Russell Carr staring into the camera with his hands pressed together in front of him.

I feared dropping out to be authentic.

My wife and I met in the Navy. She's smarter than me and runs our family's business. Our son studies computer science in college but laughs when I ask him for IT support. Our dog does what I ask, mostly.

I retired from the U.S. Navy in 2019 after twenty years as a physician. The Navy paid for medical school. I swore I wouldn't stay in either one.

I always wanted to write fiction. Every once in a while, I'd get up the courage to put a story on paper. Then one day a patient in the military, a sniper, told me that we must all do what we want to do before "someone flips your lights off." Life changing. Therapists come out of the room different, too.

Now I have an MFA and lots of rejections from lit mags. But I'm happy.


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