Sleepaway Camp franchise director Michael A. Simpson has taken an unexpected turn into books with the debut of Sons of my Fathers, available on Amazon.
Sons of My Fathers, based on the true story of the author’s family, is a multi-generational journey that intertwines two dramatic narratives set one hundred years apart–the heroic saga of 19-year-old Ulysses Simpson who, when “hell comes to Georgia,” joins his father on a course of revenge, a path that will forever change the destiny of their clan. And the true tale of another young Simpson man six generations later who, despite his moral reservations, enlists in the U.S. Army, following in the footsteps of his father who was a WWII Marine Corps combat veteran and one of the legendary fighting force’s elite instructors during the Korean War. When Ron Simpson volunteers as a “walking dead”–the term for those who fly unarmed medevac helicopters during combat because of their high mortality rate–but is instead assigned to fly a Huey gunship, he fights a personal war with himself over whether to keep a century-old family oath. As his brother Michael comes of age and experiences his first love, Ron’s fateful decision forces him to confront his family’s past and risk sacrificing his own future, an act that ultimately sets a landmark precedent for “soldiers of conscience” who would follow him in military service. Deeply personal and compellingly written by the younger brother in this story, the book is uniquely set against America’s involvement in two great civil wars–our country’s own conflict in the 1860s and the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. It’s an evocative journey into the author’s family history and the universal themes central to it–the bonds of family and star-crossed love, duty versus faith, the true nature of patriotism and conscience in war, and the turbulent end of innocence. Rich in emotional textures, Sons of My Fathers is a transformative and timeless coming-of-age narrative.
Michael also has a new website. We are hoping to catch up for a chat soon.