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A longtime journalist in Oklahoma and a U.S. history instructor at Oklahoma State University's campus in Oklahoma City, the author combines both of these disciplines in his most recent book, Waiting for America: A Civilian Prisoner of Japan in the Philippines. Finding a 99-year-old survivor of a Japanese internment camp in Manila living near him was a human-interest story and historical account he couldn't pass up. That this extraordinary voice from the past had kept a secret diary during her years of captivity added to this rich narrative.
Floyd began this latest work soon after co-authoring a book about another historical episode in America's recent past—the great tuberculosis epidemic of the 19th and 20th century and how an Arkansas physician pioneered treatment methods for the disease that resonated nationally. Stalking the Great Killer (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) traces the impact of tuberculosis on U.S. society and in particular how the Arkansas healthcare community confronted this disease.
An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, the author aided the Oklahoma hiking community with his co-authoring a guidebook on the state's outdoor hiking venues with Oklahoma Hiking Trails (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010).
Floyd works with other aspiring authors helping them bring their projects to fruition. This work may include as little as offering them a page on his online bookstore, or as much as ghostwriting their books.
OTHER BOOKS BY AUTHOR: Oklahoma Hiking Trails (co-author), Stalking the Great Killer, A Series of Their Own (co-author), The Great Wild Sheep Adventure (ghostwriter), A Celebration of Symphony Designer House.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AUTHOR: If you have comments for the Larry Floyd about this or other of his writings, or if you would like to schedule him for a book signing or related event, please email Larry at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write to him at P.O. Box 73172, Oklahoma City, OK 73172.