Yes and no, Victoria. I have more than 20 years of military service, but most of it is reserve time. I did 13 years in the Coast Guard, active and reserve, split between two enlistments, with three years in the Navy Reserve in between. I'm now a major in a component of the California National Guard, and I work for the Navy as a civilian analyst in battlefield medical capabilities.
And I yours. I do both fiction and non-fiction. If you want to read a sample of my non-fiction, you can read my NYT Modern Love essay entitled The Wrong Kind of Inheritance. As for fiction, my agent has recently started shopping my first novel around. It's historical spy fiction that people who've read it tend to compare to Alan Furst. If it's true, I'm honored. Cross your fingers for me.