Larry F. Sommers
Larry F. Sommers is a Wisconsin writer of historical fiction, seeking fresh meanings in our common past.
He wrote Freedom’s Purchase, a novel of immigration, adaptation, and the pursuit of happiness in Civil War America, now awaiting publication. He won Honorable Mention in the 2018 Great American Story Contest for “The Lion’s Den,” a tale of childhood in the 1950s, and has published similar stories in the online version of The Saturday Evening Post.
He edited The Congregationalist, a national church-related quarterly magazine, from 2009 to 2016 and previously worked 23 years for the State of Wisconsin as a writer, editor, photographer, writing coach, and public affairs consultant in a fast-paced workflow punctuated by crisis communication events.
He posts a weekly blog at https://LarryFSommers.com with varied reflections on Past and Present, Spirit and Faith, Story and Narrative, Writing and Writers.
He is writing a coming-of-age novel based on his childhood character Izzy Mahler.
He is a fan of Strunk and White, the Chicago Manual of Style, and the serial comma.
“I seek a new understanding of ourselves and our world, leaping out as if by miracle from retrospective writing,” he says. “Reflective readers of all descriptions may hope for something true and enduring. My stories simply aim to supply whisperings from the past for the nourishment of readers’ hearts in the struggle of life.”