Halestorm And Abducting Arnold Get Around, Too: Interviews with Becky Akers on Her Novels

1) Becky Akers chats with Tyler TIchelaar, author of “The Marquette Trilogy,” “Narrow Lives” (2008) and “The Only Thing That Lasts” (Spring 2009) —

Tyler: “Halestorm” is the first novel for adults about Nathan Hale. Why didn’t writers of historical fiction seize on his dramatic life and death long before you did?

Becky: I haven’t the foggiest. I actually hunted for a copy of the novel I was sure someone must have written about him-Ken Roberts, say, or Gladys Schmitt, or another author from the glory days of historical fiction in the 1940s and ’50s -for several years before I finally realized that I’d have to write the book first if I wanted to read it.

On the other hand, Nathan as a fictional hero does violate one standard rule: he dies. Readers supposedly hate that. Good thing Charles Dickens (Sydney Carton), John Knowles (Phineas), and Herman Melville (Billy Budd) didn’t know about this prohibition.

Several children’s authors have fictionalized Nathan’s life, intriguingly enough. And while I was writing “Halestorm,” a couple of friends independently suggested that I turn it into a kids’ book. I guess folks figure honor, courage, idealism, and loyalty to liberty are fine for young’uns, but we ought to know better by the time we’re grown. Then they wonder why children’s novels out-sell those for adults.

Read the entire interview here.

2) Becky Akers dishes on Nathan Hale and the American Revolution in a podcast with Ben Stone of Bad Quaker.

Listen to the interview here.

3) Becky Akers talks with the editors of American Daily Herald

American Daily Herald: You usually write non-fiction, chronicling some of the crimes government commits. Why did you switch from that to fiction?

Becky: Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I write to advance liberty. Like most of ADH’s readers, I want to live free; I want politicians and bureaucrats to go away and leave us alone. And so, whatever I publish, I expose facts about the State — its brutality and corruption and inefficiency.

Trouble is, non-fiction doesn’t tempt some folks. Many want their information packaged in a story. I know: I’m one of them! …

Read the entire interview here.

4) Becky Akers discusses Halestorm with Rev. Brian Tubbs, host of American Revolution and Founding Era —

Rev. Tubbs: “What lessons can Americans today take from someone like Nathan Hale?”

Becky: That liberty is among God’s greatest gifts to us, more precious even than life.

Many folks mistake Nathan’s sacrifice for nationalism – the “my-country,-right-or-wrong” mentality. And while that’s tragic, it’s understandable, given the warped version of his speech on the gallows bequeathed to us. That famous line – “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country” – actually originated with Capt. (later Gen.) William Hull, one of Nathan’s buddies from college. He heard an account of the execution from an eyewitness, which he included in his memoirs as an old man. And then he paraphrased – inaccurately – the quote from a report on Nathan’s death the Boston Chronicle published just six years after the hanging: “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged, that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” Obviously, Hull’s condensation packs a greater punch, but it also changes “cause [of liberty]” to “country” – an unfortunate and nationalistic rewrite.

Read the entire interview here.

5) Becky Akers speaks with Dr. Katherine Albrecht on her eponymous show at the GCN Radio Network.

Listen to the interview here.

6) “Akers on Abducting Arnold” at “Marotta on Money” —

What authors inspired you to write novels like these?

I’ve loved historical fiction since I learned my ABC’s. Among the first books I devoured was an old series called “Dan Frontier.” This American pioneer enjoyed adventures with wagon-trains and Indians, cowboys and wild animals. Dan was an old-fashioned American who never heard the word “can’t” and scoffed at “don’t,” so he utterly captivated me! – and hooked me on history, especially that of early America. …

Read the entire interview here.

7) Becky Akers enjoys a confab with Sam Bushman of Liberty Radio on Abducting Arnold, among other topics.

Listen to the interview here.

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