Cecilia A. Garcia is an independent author of the Always Forward series. A military fiction novella, Always Forward faces issues dealing with post traumatic stress, survivor's guilt and sexual trauma in captivity. Although Always Forward is completely fiction, Garcia did draw off her own experiences from serving in the US Army.
Garcia served eight years in the Army as an 88M20 (truck driver), with one combat deployment to Iraq. She received the Purple Heart from injuries sustained in action on May 25th, 2004. Since leaving the military, Garcia has become an advocate for the mental health community and raising awareness around what it is like to live with PTSD.
Garcia has been married to her husband, whom she met in the military, for 22 years. Together, they have two daughters, three dogs and two cats. When she is not writing, she loves to run, practice yoga, working in her gardens and of course, she loves to read!!
Garcia has a passion for speaking out on mental health and breaking the stigma around living with PTSD. Her goal is that mental health becomes normalized and more people realize that it truly is okay to not be okay. Through her writings, she hopes that people can connect with the stories, no matter if they have military background or not.