'Desert Storm' Draws on Experiences in First Novel

By Eric Olson

December 18, 2010 Updated Dec 18, 2010 at 11:20 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Like all soldiers who return from war the soldiers who came home from Desert Storm came home changed…many in ways they couldn’t describe. Some put the war behind them, others can’t let it go. And still others relive pieces of it, for the sake of a higher calling.

Dave: I actually started writing when I was 12 years old, I wrote a short story. I guess it was then I found the love for it.

Huntington writer Dave Wust, like all authors, draws on his own life for his stories. And though his service in Desert Storm is years behind him, Dave still calls up those memories for the sake of his narrative. The technique served him well in his first novel, ‘Prelude to a Legend’, published this summer…a classic good versus evil yarn with a heavy Christian theme.

“There’s a lot of battle scenes war and strife and traumatic events that happen,” the author says, “but at the same time it has a really nice thick plot and wonderful moral to the story that speaks a lot for it.”

Another source of inspiration for Dave is his dad who died last year. Harold Wust was a German refugee in world war two who wrote articles for a Christian newsletter. They made an impression on his son.

“When I was young I would see his name under that article,” Dave says, “and I was like, ‘Man, that’s my dad. I’d tell my friends ‘that’s my dad who wrote that.’”

Dave is working on a Christian ministries degree from Huntington University. He hopes to use his writings in his ministry when the time comes…to teach lessons, to inspire, to guide. Drawing on what he has learned about life, to help others along their way. Eric Olson, out in Your Country.

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