Historical novelist Jeff Shaara helped Charlotte, NC, celebrate the anniversary of the signing of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence back on May 20, 1775. He held his audience spellbound as he talked at length about his research and writing style in producing numerous books about the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. Jeff didn't start writing until in his 40s and after his father, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Shaara died.
The senior Shaara won his prize for the book "Killer Angels" which was about the battle of Gettysburg.
Jeff is currently doing another triology on the Civil War in the west, including the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg.
The May 20th Society brought Jeff to the Queen City for the evening event and the dedication on Friday, 18 May, of the Charlotte Liberty Walk that highlights significant locations in the uptown area from the days that Lord Cornwallis invaded and occupied the town before having to retreat back south.
I was honored to have a few minutes to chat with Jeff Shaara about our mutal passion for history and historical novels.