This is a learning process and will take time.
I thought the Epic Veteran Writers battle was going to be a ‘slam dunk’ for three time veteran Ernest Hemingway: World War I veteran, ‘hang-around’ Spanish Civil War and World War II vet. Award winner, big time money earner- $5,000 for magazine pieces during the 1930’s, when a workingman’s yearly salary was $1,000.
Hemingway lived a life most can only dream about: writing, hunting, traveling, drunken brawling and drunken bawling. I even invented a term: ‘going hemingway’- which I defined as: “writing while drinking a whiskey and only wearing your t-shirt and under-ware”. Inebriated inspiration; no inhibitions. He was also a complete mess…mental health issues, marital issues, money issues…more later.
But the ‘slam dunk’ might not happen as originally thought.
The battling authors are far more ‘studly’ then I first imagined.
While the US authors might be better known by most American readers- I grossly underestimated Team Europe’s authors’ impact on writing, culture and politics: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: WWII French combat pilot, killed in action; Roald Dahl – Royal Air Force, World War II; JRR Tolkein: Britain: WWI; Lancaster Fusiliers [Fancy name for Infantry]; George Orwell: Republican Faction, Spanish Civil War. I am not sure any member of Team America can match their influence.
More research will be necessary to fairly evaluate the competing authors.