Vince Nakovics has returned home in a sense. He always enjoyed reading and as a young man was known for writing short stories and poetry based on his immediate surroundings and experiences. Many were a bit dark at times, but everyone encouraged him to write more.
It was the 70’s, hanging in and around the local bar scene he discovered some amazing things about people and their personalities. The good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes the beautiful. It was all there.
The wanderlust was great, and Vince waved goodbye to New York City and his family. He spent 24 years connected to the US Navy. Circumstances required him to stay in Virginia Beach when he retired in 1997. He and his wife lived there for 20 years, almost as long as he lived in NYC, it became home.
He worked for the National Park Service for 15 years after the Navy, 13 of them, beginning in 1999, entailed researching historic trades and constructing replica cannon carriages of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. He started his work as a blacksmith there, and began his return to writing. Being a supporting member of the Tidewater Blacksmiths Guild (TBG) he contributed articles for the newsletter and at the end of 2006 the Newsletter Editor position opened up. He took it over and turned it into an exciting once a month edition. This renewed his interest in writing. Vince remained TBG’s Editor until December 2010 when he co-founded the Artist Blacksmith Group of Tidewater and became the Editor there for the next 2 years.
He published over 65 monthly issues during 7 years as Editor for both organizations, conducted over 100 interviews of American and International Blacksmiths and published two articles in Artist Blacksmith Association of North America’s magazine ‘Anvil’s Ring.’
Then in 2010 he published his first book: American Blacksmiths – In Their Own Words ; a collection of interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010 most never published before.
When he departed Colonial National Historical Park in 2012 he felt a need to write his 2nd book: 1781 Siege of Yorktown Cannon Carriages. It was published in 2013.
2012 took Vince and his wife, Bianca, married since 1981, to Albania. His wife wanted to reconnect with her elderly Aunt and Uncle and see the land that she had always heard her father talk about so affectionately. Farewell Virginia Beach, the mountains and shores of Albanian waited. With their two Schnauzer dogs Toby and Mimi, they boarded the plane for a vastly different lifestyle, in every sense.
Vince had been jotting down ideas for books and started to write his first fiction novel in 2014. He was almost done and hit a wall. He stopped what he was doing and took the next 14 months to learn the craft of writing fiction. During this time he wrote his 3rd book of Smiths, selected for their diversity of talent across international borders: Horses Need Not Apply – The Blacksmiths, and published it in 2016.
Vince will publish his 4th book and first work of fiction: The Blacksmith Murders by the end of May 2016. First of many to come!
As one would expect his Naval career has brought him into contact with many interesting characters and situations. Combining his experiences as a Sailor, Blacksmith and Artist along with his travels near and far he plans to bring some or all of it to his pages to share with you.
His journey continues providing fresh ideas for stories to share.
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