Okisha Jackson, a former Fort Hood soldier, mother of three sons and author, has released a book chronicling the trials and triumphs of a female soldier, titled “A Successful Failure.”
The fictional novel tells the story of Shauna Jackson, from her early years in the Army, through her transition into civilian life, but the accounts parallel the real life tale of the author herself, heavily emphasizing Jackson’s faith and spiritual journey.
Having grown up with both parents in the military, married a soldier and been one herself, Jackson said her personal voice speaking through the character adds perspective.
“I’ve been the child in the military family. I’ve been the female soldier in the military. I know what challenges come with that. I’ve been a wife in the military to another soldier … There are many perspectives that I have to offer that will apply, be relatable to many people,” she said.
The book is a compilation of three distinct stories.
The first, “Against All Odds,” follows the main character through her soldiering days, during a time of many trials, including the difficulties of a deployment to Iraq, as well as personal struggles.
“I went through hard trials, one thing after another thing. It was trial after trial. I had a lot of odds against me,” Jackson said.
“The Betrayal,” part two of the trilogy, is based off a time in Jackson’s life when she said she was following God, but fell into an unhealthy relationship.
“I was living as a Christian soldier. I have a Christian lifestyle, but I get into an ungodly relationship. I go through hard trials because I left the Lord,” she said.
After leaving the Army in 2007, Jackson pursued an education and now has a master’s degree in education. She released her book in May online and in print in August, and has another book in the works. She plans to start her teaching career next month. The third part of the novel, “More than a Conqueror,” details these new changes after the Army. Jackson said she hopes it reminds other former soldiers that there is life after the military.
“(God) can give you a new career. It will be a new change and start over. He’ll start you over and give you a new beginning, and that’s what he did with me. ... There may be another door that he wants you to go into now,” she said.
Through the writing process, the 36-year-old Killeen resident said she learned about herself, and wants her book to do the same for others.
“I hope it brings a positive change of hope and refreshment and guidance to seek the Lord. He’s real. He’s been real to me and He’ll be real to them,’ she said.
To learn more about the author, go to her website at okishajackson.weebly.com.