Vince Nakovics has returned home in a sense. He always enjoyed reading and as a young man wrote short stories and poetry based on his immediate surroundings and experiences. As often is the case, his early writings leaned to a darker side. It was the 70’s and 80’s, the local bar scene and disco drew his attention. In those halls of drink and dance he discovered amazing things about people and their personalities. The good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes the beautiful too; it was all there any night of the week. Those he shared his initial efforts with encouraged him to write more, but writing wasn’t in his cards, yet.
The wanderlust was great, and Vince waved goodbye to New York City and his family. He spent 22 years connected to the US Navy. In 1997 it was time to say goodbye to the haze gray of the Navy. Circumstances required him to stay in Virginia Beach when he retired in 1997. He and his wife continued to live there for another 15 years, 20 years total; VAB, Virginia Beach had become home.
The National Park Service was the second best job he had ever had for 15 years from 1997 to 2012, in 1999 his quest to construct historically correct replica cannon carriages for the 1781 Siege of Yorktown began. His work as a blacksmith and several other historical trades began then. In 2000 he joined the Tidewater Blacksmiths Guild (TBG) and being a supportive member he contributed articles for the quarterly newsletter. Near the end of 2006 the Newsletter Editor position was vacant and he volunteered to fill it. He turned it into an exciting, once a month edition updating it and digitalizing it. This renewed his interest in writing. Vince remained TBG’s Editor until December 2010 when he co-founded the Artist Blacksmith Group of Tidewater (ABGT) and published newsletters there until 2012.
He published over 65 monthly issues during 7 years as Editor for both organizations, conducted over 100 interviews of American and International Blacksmiths; two resulted in published articles for the national blacksmith association, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America’s magazine, Anvil’s Ring. In 2010 at the behest of his friends he published his first book: American Blacksmiths – In Their Own Words; a collection of interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010.
2012 took Vince, his wife Bianca, their two dogs Toby and Mimi, miniature Schnauzers to Albania. His wife wanted to reconnect with her elderly Aunt and Uncle and see the land her father spoke of so affectionately. The mountains and shores of Albania were calling. Departing Colonial National Historical Park in 2012 he didn’t want his work there to be lost so he wrote his 2nd book: 1781 Siege of Yorktown Cannon Carriages, publishing it in 2013.
While writing his first fiction novel The Blacksmith Murders Vince discovered a few short comings in his novel organization and spent time learning the how to better organization a novels storyline. During the same period he continued interviewing blacksmiths and from those he selected a small group for their diversity of talent across international borders resulting in Horses Need Not Apply – The Blacksmiths, being published in 2016, shortly after he published his first novel in May 2016.
His Naval career has brought him into contact with many interesting characters and situations, those experiences and those as a Blacksmith, Artist and traveler he pulls together to write interesting stories in unique locales. His journey continues providing fresh ideas for new stories to share.
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