Author Interview: Marching with Caesar by R.W. Peake

Welcome to Author R.W. Peake

I am a 53 year old retired Infantry Marine, born and raised in Texas and currently living on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I have been writing since my first novel, written at the age of 10, when my friends and yours truly fought off the Soviet hordes, who just happened to pick my block to launch their invasion. That was their big mistake. But like a lot of dreams, it got sidetracked until recently, when I decided to focus my passion on an era and subject that interested me a great deal. Like my characters in Ancient Rome, I have served as the pointy tip of the spear of our nation’s policy, and it is with this perspective that I tell the story of Titus Pullus and his friends. This is my first published novel, and is the first in a completed trilogy that covers the career of Titus Pullus.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I would say Rome of course, but only if I could jump in with the knowledge I have now, so I would boil my water and really cook all my food, and know how to make aspirin and penicillin and that stuff.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Hmm. Apollo I guess. Wasn’t he the ladies’ man of all the gods?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would go back to Paris. I lived there for a year in the mid-90′s when I was working at my software company. It still ranks as my favorite place.

Houston, Texas would be second I guess, but only as long as my daughter and son-in-law are there. They’re dual citizens with plans to move back to London, where they lived for 7 years. So then it would be London.

What is your favorite Quote?
Veni, vidi, vici.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Oh wow. I pretty much did what I wanted to be, and that was a career in the military. At the time, however, I wanted to be in the Army, because one of the only things I knew about my dad was that he was in the Army. Fortunately I grew out of that.

It was in my teen years and early adulthood I planned on being a cop, and in fact I was accepted to the Houston Police Academy, but when I was accepted, I was a construction worker, an ironworker to be exact, the guy who rides the beams up buildings like the WTC and bolts them up, and I was making a lot more money than a cop would make.

Then I joined the Marines, and I grew out of the cop thing.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Well, when I was about 12 or 13, a couple of counselors at my summer camp said I was the spitting image of Peter Ustinov, but since he’s dead, I have to come up with someone else. Jeeze, I don’t know. Russell Crowe I suppose? Not conventionally handsome, but has the square jaw needed to play me. Not to brag (much) but I was considered for a recruiting poster, although I didn’t make the final cut, and I was always the media representative when the local TV stations came along when I was a recruiter. Mainly it was because of the jaw, or so I was told.

How did you know you should become an author?
Because everyone kept telling me I should be one.

Marching with Caesar: Conquest of Gaul

Marching With Caesar-Conquest of Gaul is a first-person narrative, written in the form of a memoir as dictated to a scribe of Titus Pullus, Legionary, Optio, First Spear Centurion of Caesar’s 6th and 10th Legion. The memoir is written three years after his retirement as Camp Prefect, when Titus is 61 years old. Titus, along with his boyhood friend Vibius Domitius, joins the 10th Legion in the draft of 61 BC, when Gaius Julius Caesar is the governor of Spain. Titus and Vibius are assigned to a tent group, with seven other men who will become their closest friends during their times in the legion. Titus, Vibius and their comrades endure the harsh training regimen that made the legions the most feared military force in the ancient world. The 10th Legion is blooded in a series of actions in Spain, led by Caesar in a campaign that was the true beginning of one of the most brilliant military careers in history. Three years after joining the legions, the 10th is called on again, this time to be part of the subjugation of Gaul, one of the greatest feats of arms in any period of history. During the subsequent campaigns, the 10th cements its reputation as Caesar’s most favored and trusted legion, and is involved in most of the major actions during this period. This first book of a completed series closes with Caesar crossing the Rubicon, and the 10th preparing to march to war, this time against fellow Romans.

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