Lars D. H. Hedbor,
Novelist of the American Revolution

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What made the American Colonists turn their back on their King, and fight for independence? How were they different from us–and how were their hopes and fears familiar to our own hearts?

These are the sorts of questions that Hedbor thinks are important to ask in examining the American Revolution, and in the pages of his novels, he suggests some possible answers.

His first novel, The Prize, was published in 2011, followed by The Light in 2013, and The Smoke, The Declaration, and The Break in 2014; The Wind was published in 2015, The Darkness in 2016, The Path in 2017, The Freedman in 2018, The Tree in 2019, The Mine and The Siege in 2020, and The Will and The Convention in 2021, The Oath in 2022, and The Powder in 2023, making Hedbor the most prolific novelist ever of the American Revolution.  His first play, an adaptation of The Siege, premiered in 2022.

He’s also written extensively about this era for the Journal of the American Revolution, and has appeared as a featured guest on an Emmy-nominated Discovery Network program, The American Revolution, which premiered nationally on the American Heroes Channel in late 2014. He later appeared as a series expert on America: Fact vs. Fiction for Discovery Networks, and was a panelist at the Historical Novel Society’s 2017 North American Conference and the 2022 20Books Vegas Conference.

He is an amateur historian, linguist, brewer, cuckoo clock restorer, fiddler, astronomer and baker. Professionally, he is a technologist, high school foreign exchange coordinator, marketer, writer and father. His love of history drives him to share the excitement of understanding the events of long ago, and how those events touch us still today.