Robert E. McCoy is a long-time writer with a number of publications under his belt. He started his writing career as a field intelligence linguist and analyst/reporter with the U.S. Air Force. Since retiring from the military – after spending 14 of his 20 years in Asia – Bob continued writing and the first commercial piece he wrote was published in SoftSector Magazine, a now-defunct technical journal. Following that and while living in Greece for more than three years, he was the Viewpoints columnist for the Greek edition of PC Magazine – until the publisher folded.
After leaving the working world for a life of leisure, Bob talked his way into penning a bi-weekly Opinion column in the Missoulian, the newspaper serving western Montana. More recently, his analytical essays and commentary on Northeast Asia have appeared in Asia Times online, Defense Advisers, Global Asia in both print and online editions, the Guardian online, Korea Observer online, the National Interest, and NK News online. His first novel, Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother, which addresses a unique side of American military life in the Korea of years past, is now published.
Bob’s idea of fun includes a good run, a good book, and good chocolate. He also takes pleasure in doing research for upcoming essays that demand to be penned. He thoroughly enjoys writing and, despite his success earning a living in the private and public sectors, he considers being a writer to be his true calling.
Indulging himself in that, Bob continues to write on issues of importance in Northeast Asia and he is concurrently at work on his next book, Lucy’s Story, a novel that narrates the life of one of the characters in Tales. He plans a third volume that will develop the perspective of Paek Mun-nam, the main Korean character in Tales.