Award winning author Karl Stewart shares his methods of bringing the Western to life. From research to dialogue, Karl has excellent advice for the new writer.
Karl Stewart was raised in the hills and forests of West Virginia. Inspired by the mystery on an old man he loved, he now writes stories of the Old West centered on that legend, his great-grandfather, from his home high on a ridge in rural Wisconsin. He is the author of The Legend of See Bird: The Last Long Drive and Devil’s Backbone
Award winning author, KARL STEWART, was raised in the hills of post-WWII West Virginia, and moved to Wisconsin in his teen years, attending a Catholic seminary. Upon leaving the seminary, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, serving as a communications sergeant in the elite Green Beret Special Forces until 1969. He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, earning a double-major degree in political science and history. In 2005 Stewart retired from teaching high school Social Studies and English to devote himself to his two passions, family and writing.
He is the author of the award-winning Legend of See Bird series, loosely based on the life of Stewart’s great-grandfather, See Bird Carpenter, a Choctaw Indian. The Green Light continues the life of Stuart Carter (based on Stewart’s father) from WWII (The Seventh Cruise) to Vietnam. Up Harvey’s Creek and Fare Thee Well Harvey’s Creek is a spin off based on the author’s life, living with a parent with PTSD. He is also the author of Good Night Sweet Dreams, an award-winning children’s book.
He and his wife live in rural Wisconsin on a pine-lined ridge with a stunning view to the south, echoing his West Virginia childhood playgrounds.
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Good Night Sweet Dreams, a children’s book
The Seventh Cruise – Based on stories told to the author by his father, vivid recounting of war, heartaches, and victories for a West Virginian in the US Navy.
Up Harvey’s Creek – Something is terribly wrong with Junior Carter’s father. Stu, a veteran of four years of naval combat in WWII, has become increasingly erratic and violent, threatening the stability of the family. Eleven year-old Junior concludes it is his task to find and fix whatever has gone wrong. Discussion of PTSD
Fare Thee Well, Harvey’s Creek – The touching conclusion to the poignant tale of a young boy’s sense of loss, grief and ultimate healing.
The Legend of Seebird: The Last Long Drive – based on the author’s grandfather, Seebird, set in the 1800s and really does have cowboys and Indians. – Watch on Zoom Into Books YouTube Channel HERE
The Legend of See Bird: Devil’s Backbone. Second in the See Bird Western series dealing with the Hatfield-McCoy family feud. Background and reading – Watch HERE
The Legend of See Bird: Kiamichi. The final novel in the ‘See Bird’ Western trilogy. Background and reading