Wanderers Between Two Worlds

Author Douglas Hale, a Cherokee County native who currently makes his home in Oklahoma, recently talked with the Daily Progress. His newly-released book, “Wanderers Between Two Worlds” is currently available online for approximately $25 at www.xlibris.com or by telephone at 888-795-4274, ext. 276.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?

A: My latest book, “Wanderers Between Two Worlds” is about seven young university students who had to flee Germany in 1833 because they tried to start a revolution. Their fumbling attempts at rebellion were well intentioned but ludicrous, as were many of their efforts to adapt to the conditions of the young United States, their land of refuge. They had many adventures — in the Texas Revolution, the Mexican War, the exploration and development of the West, and the political controversies of their time. In the end, all these men became prominent leaders in journalism, science, education and government.

Q: How did you get started writing?

A: I was born in Jacksonville in 1929 and grew up in Troup. From 1946 to 1948 I attended Jacksonville High School, where I was the fortunate beneficiary of instruction by a number of superb teachers, including Miss Crystal Canon, Miss Mary Frances Childress, Mr. C. P. Mosley and Coach Bailey Drennan. I attended Rice Institute from 1948 to 1952, from which I earned a degree in history. After spending a year in graduate study at the University of Stockholm, I enlisted in the U. S. Army and served until 1956. At the conclusion of my military service, I studied history at the University of Missouri, the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and the University of Texas, earning a PhD from Texas in 1961.

Q: What kind of books do you write?

A: I taught history at the University of North Carolina from 1961 to 1963, at which time I took a similar position at Oklahoma State University, from which I retired in 1982. Since that time I have focussed my efforts upon writing historical works in the areas of German history and the history of the American West.

Q: What other works do you have published?

A: Besides numerous articles, I have published three books: “The Germans from Russia in Oklahoma” (1980); “The Third Texas Cavalry in the Civil War” (1994); and “Wanderers Between Two Worlds German Rebels in the American West 1830-1860” (2005). All these books are based upon extensive research and are as faithful to the facts as I can make them. I write these books because I find the true history of mankind far more interesting, complex, and dramatic than any fiction. Because I am by training a history teacher, I am eager to share these true stories with others.

Q: Do you have any words of encouragement and/or advice for would-be authors/writers?

A: My principle suggestion to potential authors is to write about what you love. Don’t worry about whether any publisher publishes your book, or whether anyone reads it. Enjoy the process of research and writing, rather than waiting for the final product to emerge from your pen. If you don’t enjoy the process of writing, find another vocation. Life is short; do what you enjoy doing.

Q: Lastly, can you share some background information with us?

A: I am married to Lou Moore Hale, a sculptor, and she is as dedicated to her art as I am to my research and writing. We live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, have five children and ten grandchildren, all of whom we see often.