I began writing fiction when I was eleven years old. The notion - "suspension of disbelief" - was utterly foreign.
At Stockton State College, I acquired a degree in literature (graduating summa cum laude - perhaps at the top of my class, though I never bothered to find out). Afterwards I attended Penn State University in State College, PA, pursuing a degree in comparative literature (but, alas[!] ran out of funds).
I so loved driving through the "Seven Mountains" outside of State College that I mention it in Finding Christmasville.
For twenty years I was employed as a controller/director in hotels and casinos(including eight years with the Trump Organization in Atlantic City and four years at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut).
For several years, I winged it as a consultant with long-range clients - the Atlantis property on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, a restaurant chain in Atlanta, GA, etc. OK - enough.
In 2004 I started writing fiction again, steadfast in my determination to complete my first novel, Christmasville. The project required four years, writing the novel between 4:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. every morning, driving afterwards (on weekdays) the seventy-one miles to a hotel outside of Boston, where I was a hotel controller. The second novel of the trilogy, Finding Christmasville, was released for publication in December of 2012. I expect the final volume of the Christmasville Trilogy, tentatively titled Saving Christmasville, to be published by the fall of 2014. In addition to the three volumes which comprise the trilogy, a fourth book, A Brief Memoir of Christmasville, and alluded to in Finding Christmasville, will also be published shortly thereafter. The Memoir reveals Lars Neilson's nostalgic remembrances of a town and culture wholly entrenched in the Main Street traditions and values that preceded malls, Internet and global economies.