Historical fiction writer, Conrad Larson, has joined us today to talk about his books.
Shelagh: Please tell us a little about yourself, Conrad.
Conrad: I am a former teacher, coach, farmer, entrepreneur and truck driver. I worked in corporate sales, corporate management, lay ministry, and have an everyday enthusiast of life. My book, a historical fiction mystery novel, The Overcoat, is based on the World War I soldier from this book. I am the father of five sons, five grandchildren and hopefully many more.
Shelagh: When did you begin to write and why?
Conrad: My mother passed away six years ago and I and my sister had no relatives left in that generation and older so I thought I needed to start writing for my sons and nephews.
Shelagh: When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish?
Conrad: My first was a need to have a family history. The reason for writing was personal to begin with but, as the project grew, the want to have an impact in what was written grew also. The story developed over time and the storyline was both impacting and inspirational to me. The original was meant to be a biography, but the emotions became so hard for me that I redid it in historical fiction style.
Shelagh: Briefly tell us about your latest book.
Conrad: Swede is a revisionist history due out early fall 2010. A story about a soldier that makes an impact based on revised information about the war.
Shelagh: Is this book part of a series or stand-alone?
Conrad: This will be a series and the second book is a third done.
Shelagh: What’s the hook for the book?
Conrad: The mind set in America is that the Vietnam war should have been won and this book, Swede, wins the war.
Shelagh: How do you develop characters and setting?
Conrad: I see characters all around me and develop a story for them. My life story has given me a wonderful memory of settings and history and it just seems to come naturally to place the setting once the character is developed.
Shelagh: Who’s the most unusual character?
Conrad: In my book, The Overcoat, Charlene is the character that has gotten me calls from a reader of my book from the State of Virginia wanting to know about that character. The point of my writing was to be able to talk about courage, character, life issues and my book has brought people to me.
Shelagh: Who is your favorite character?
Conrad: In Carry On Pvt Dahlgren, Pvt Dahlgren is my favorite.
Shelagh: Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?
Conrad: My techniques are rough and untested but working well so far. My Amazon book review shows an exciting fresh style which was a surprise to get.
Shelagh: Do you have a specific writing style?
Conrad: I am a new author and my style is rough and probably out of the box but it is working. My style is PG as I want my books to be acceptable to the Christian Community as well as the general market.
Shelagh: How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?
Conrad: The colors are like the brightest rainbow you have ever seen. My life stories are a big influence in my writing and I can write out of the box as well.
Shelagh: Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.
Conrad: Author Conrad Larson pays tribute to the veterans of the war with a gripping account of one man’s war adventure. In Carry On Private Dahlgren: World War I Runner, a book released through Xlibris, he makes sure that as the hundredth anniversary of the First World War is nearing, tales from this remarkable moment in history will not go fading.
The war that was supposed to stop all wars was cruel and brutal to all civilians and even soldiers. The sacrifices made by the men who stepped up to represent and protect their motherland should be remembered and be given the honor that they deserve. Reflecting the greatest on American character and courage, Carry On Private Dahlgren: World War I Runner presents the nostalgic, personal journals of Pvt. Oscar Dahlgren of World War I. The journals, as found by the author’s family, were handwritten with notes written in margins at a later date by Dahlgren. It fascinatingly documents names of peers, superiors, dignitaries, and others. In detail, it chronicles Dahlgren’s exploits during the upsetting era, including names of places, some which have different names today. It is an untainted piece of history for unless changes were made for clarity, the style of writing, spelling and grammar were left the way Pvt. Oscar Dahlgren wrote it.
Reliving history, Carry On Private Dahlgren: World War I Runner provides readers a fascinating account of one man’s life filled with courage, hope, brotherhood, and patriotism.
Shelagh: What are your current projects?
Conrad: My new projects are more than an idea, The first book in a revisionist history series, Swede, is done, the second book in the Swede series is a third done, The next project is a book about depression and it’s deadly duo. The name of the book is The Deadly Duo; a how to understand living in a world where friends, family and co-workers struggle with stresses beyond most of our comprehension on depression. The following project is a World War I collection of stories about the soldiers from that era for the hundreth anniversary of the War to End All Wars. Another challenging project is a three hundred page autobiography called The Farm Boy, but I’m reluctant to move forward at this time.
Shelagh: Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Conrad: I have a website for the first book called http://www.myovercoat.com. I have a blogging site http://www.loveforbookwriting.com that has a lot of good stuff. My second book, Carry On Pvt Dahlgren, has two websites: