Riverton writer tells the story of ‘The Anonymous Patriot’
Local author Steven Jaynes wanted to tell a story that would inspire people to think about freedom and the costs paid by veterans and active service military members for the American way of life.
So Jaynes wrote and recently published the novel “The Anonymous Patriot.” The book was recently released by Tate Publishing.
Jaynes said he was moved to write the novel by the stories of his father and uncles, who served during World War II, and the experiences of friends and acquaintances he made while working at Hill Air Force Base.
“I remember growing up in the shadow of these quiet patriots,” he said.
“The Anonymous Patriot” is set in Iraq and tells the story of the interaction between an American and an Iraqi with conflicting ideas of freedom and liberty.
A Riverton resident for 13 years, Jaynes has a family that includes six children and one grandchild.
Jaynes said he wrote the book for his children, but also because he feels that the average American citizen may be taking our way of life for granted.
“I was just concerned about the direction the country is taking,” he said.
The book is Jaynes’ first novel. He got the idea to write “The Anonymous Patriot” more than five years ago, but although he has a background in journalism and technical writing, he felt that he needed to take some creative writing classes before attempting to write the book.
“That was very useful to get some ideas,” he said. “I learned a lot of good things about the process, but really it just came down to writing it.”
The book was a labor of love that ultimately took more than two years to write. Jaynes submitted the book to a publisher last year, and the novel was officially released on Jan. 8.
Jaynes said he wanted to write the book to share the story of average citizens, such as those he works with at Hill Air Force Base, who are employed in the noble service of their country.
He said he hopes the book will be read by a wide audience and isn’t meant to make any kind of political statement.
“It seems to have a wide appeal. I don’t think it’s political,” he said.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.