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Gary Baysinger

Member Since: 08/2023


Gary always loved a good story. He spent his formative years growing up on the site of a World War Two battlefield, where he shook hands with a King and a President. Inspired by comic books and classic Hollywood cinema, he married his interest in historical fiction with Ancestry.com to re-imagine the family tree as an outline for a story. He is a direct descendant of Margaret Laemmer from his novel, “Margaret’s Last Prayer”. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Gary began writing in 2016, and lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife, two kids, and two ill-behaved dogs. In addition to writing, I am trying learn French at the moment.

When and why did you start writing books?

I started writing in 2016 while recovering from surgery.

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

I never had any ambition to be a writer, it seemed too hard to write a book. When I started writing my first novel, I lied to myself and said I wasn't writing a book I was just scribbling some words on a page.

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

Rose Maddox from "A Kind of Homecoming."

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

My first full-length novel "Margaret's Last Prayer" was a challenge because it was my first.

Who is your favourite author and book?

Rosamunde Pilcher - Coming Home

What book are you reading right now?

The Free by Willy Vlautin

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Other books, movies, songs, history.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I volunteer as a DJ at the local community radio station in Portland.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I am editing a World War Two spy thriller set in Lisbon.