Our guest today is Bob J. O’Connor, author of the historical fiction, The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier. Bob’s first book was published in 2006. He now has ten books published including 6 historical novels and 4 non-fiction books. He has been named finalist four different times in national book competitions conducted by Indie Excellence Awards and USA Books.
O’Connor writes about the Civil War in a way in which persons of interest find compelling as he writes about the soldiers on the front lines instead of the generals and the battle strategy. He speaks around the country on the Civil War and has appeared over 600 times in 18 states since his first book was published. His presentations have spanned the spectrum, as he has spoken to first graders and cadets at the U.S. Naval Academy, in national parks and public libraries, at historical societies and Civil War round tables.
His main topics include abolitionist John Brown, Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard (Ward Hill Lamon), the United States Colored Troops, the invention of modern prosthetics, and brothers fighting against brothers.
Thanks for this interview, Bob. I love anything Civil War related, especially your new book The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Solder! When did your interest in the Civil War start?
Bob: I was taken to the Centennial of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 1958 in Galesburg, IL when I was in 7th grade (I grew up in IL). The featured speaker was Carl Sandburg. My parents brought me to Gettysburg many times growing up.
What kind of research did you do to write this book?
Bob: I research extensively including checking out each of Hanger's US Patents, corresponding with 4 of his great grand children, visiting medical museums, etc.
How did you publish your book?
Bob: My books are all published by Infinity Publishing in West Conshohocken, PA. They are a publishing on demand company.
Was it the right choice for you?
Bob: I have ten books published by them and an audio book. My other book was a book I was paid to write and the town preferred a hard cover which Infinity couldn't print at the time. Now Infinity will print hard cover books too. They were absolutely the right choice for me.
What tip can you give to aspiring authors?
Bob: Don't let anyone steal your dream. Keep at it until it is finished.
Thanks again for this interview, Bob. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web and how we can purchase your book?