Jeff Shaara’s History of Writing

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All fourteen of Jeff Shaara’s novels have been New York Times bestsellers, starting with his first, Gods and Generals, in 1996.

It’s an impressive track record and he’s got an impressive family history, too. His father, Michael Shaara, won a Pulitzer Prize for Killer Angels, the source material for the film Gettysburg and the impetus for Jeff writing  Gods and Generals, a prequel to Killer Angels.

Listen in to hear Shaara describe

  • The difficulty researching the Civil War without being overwhelmed by the amount of information on it.
  • Accurately portraying different time periods in novels.
  • Writing a novel about the Korean War, under the shadow of MASH

Shaara will appear as part of the Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors on June 3.

About Doug Dangler

Current: Host of Craft on WCBE, 90.5 FM, central Ohio's NPR station. Former: creator, host, and producer of Writers Talk
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