Guest Blog and giveaway: Lars D. H. Hedbor

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This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lars will be awarding a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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As my debut novel The Prize takes place during the American Revolution in the place where I grew up, along the shores of Vermont’s Lake Champlain, a great many of the details of day-to-day life in that specific place flowed naturally out of my own childhood and onto the page.

Of course, the passage of time and the onward march of civilization have made the Republic of Vermont of the 1770s into a completely foreign place to a resident of the state of Vermont more than two hundred years later. Youth was more fleeting then, with adult responsibilities falling on a young man’s shoulders with scarcely any warning, and certainly without the luxury of years of schooling and long, lazy days of summer vacations.

I never hunted geese using just a shovel, and most of my youthful fishing experience was for sport, along Vermont streams with my dad, rather than on the lake with my family depending upon my success. That said, the way that the air feels on an early spring morning, the feel of leaves underfoot in the woods, the quality of the light after a summer thunderstorm – all of these are constants that I could project backward in time to animate the pages of my book.

As well, the awkwardness of figuring out how to relate to those creatures of mystery, young women, was easy enough for me to depict, as I was never particularly suave in my own youth. Despite the chaotic period in which my characters are set into motion, I think it’s important to remember that the young men of that time were, just like us, more concerned with the possibilities of a chance meeting with a girl than in wrestling with the great questions of war, liberty and the meaning of citizenship.

That said, I know from my own childhood that even the most hormone-drenched youth will occasionally turn to other interests and pastimes, so my characters have interests and pastimes of their own. Likewise, they are not unfailing heroes of their own stories. They make mistakes, and they have deep regrets – and they make more of their failings than others around them might.

Most novelists wind up putting a fair amount of themselves into their books, so it’s fair to say that my own childhood has had a profound effect on how I write the youthful characters in my stories. And while I think that I may have accomplished a few interesting things as a teenager, I’ll go out on a limb and guess that I never affected the outcome of a revolution, unlike Caleb in The Prize!

I appreciate the opportunity to appear as a guest blogger here, and I hope that your visitors will give The Prize a read and let me know what they think of it. I’ll be happy to answer any questions that they may have in the comments – thanks again!

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Author photoLars D. H. Hedbor is an amateur historian, homebrewer, astronomer, fiddler, linguist and baker. His fascination with the central question of how the populace of the American Colonies made the transition from being subjects of the Crown to being citizens of the Republic drives him to tell the stories of those people. Hedbor resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and five daughters, and is hard at work on the next novel in the Tales From a Revolution series.

http://LarsDHHedbor.com

Twitter: @LarsDHHedbor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lars.D.H.Hedbor

MEDIA KIT The-Prize-Cover-LargeCaleb’s father is serving with Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys as the long-anticipated open war against the British rages up and down the length of Lake Champlain. Between his duties on the family farm and constant worry about his father’s safety, the young man’s attentions are already fully occupied when a fateful encounter with an unlikely neighbor changes everything. Pulled into new intrigues and new friendships, Caleb finds himself on a path that changes his life – and which will affect the outcome of the whole war.

Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    I wish you well with your debut & look forward to reading more of your works as they develop.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Thank you very much for hosting me today, and giving me the opportunity to visit with your readers. As I said, I am happy to answer any questions – fire away!

  3. Catherine says:

    As this is your debut, what has been the most exciting or surprising thing about getting published?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  4. Rita Wray says:

    Very interesting post, thank you. I wish you luck with your debut novel.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  5. Hi, Catherine! The most exciting thing for me as an author is hearing how my book has reached someone or affected them. Whether it’s getting a note from someone who stayed up waaay too late because he couldn’t put it down, or hearing from someone that they were mad about something that happened in the book, knowing that these characters, pulled out of the recesses of my own mind, mean that much to other people makes the whole effort worthwhile. 🙂

  6. Karen H in NC says:

    Well, it’s the last day of the tour and I want to say I’ve enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  7. Great post 🙂 I like getting to see inside your head about how you think in regards to the story 😀

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  8. thank you for hosting

  9. Nice title for the book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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