Today I’m visiting with William Larsh who has a new book out, The FBI, They Eat Their Young.
Hi, Bill, I’ve read your book and found it interesting and intriguing since it affords readers a glimpse into the FBI most have never seen. Please give my readers a thumbnail sketch of yourself.
Sure, John, and thanks for hosting me on your blog. I was born and raised in Perry Hall, Maryland, graduated from Towson State University, Towson, Maryland, and began working for the FBI in 1984. In 1987, I was appointed as a Special Agent and was assigned to several different cities throughout my career. I retired as a Supervisory Special Agent in 2012. I currently live in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
How did your writing journey begin?
I honed my writing skills during my long career in the FBI. I told countless stories of my FBI experiences to other FBI agents, friends, and family, throughout my career. Nearly everyone seemed interested and amused by more stories. Many FBI agents said to me, “Bill, you should write a book. The public would never believe it.” Following retirement, I wrote the book!
Tell us a bit about your new book, The FBI, They Eat Their Young.
This book is an honest and detailed memoir of an agent’s career, providing the reader with the unique and amusing story of one agent’s journey from his first day of work until his retirement. My story, however, exposes a dark side of FBI management in a callous bureaucracy, illustrating their pettiness, vindictiveness, massive egos, and retaliatory nature.
Have you written any other books?
I published my first book in December 2016, a novel entitled “L’Archevêque” based on the true story of my ancestor, Paul L’Archevêque, a French fur trader who traded with the Shawnee Indians in the Ohio Valley in the 1700s.
What are your passions, hobbies, family?
Golfing has always been my passion. I also enjoy traveling, working out, bicycling, watching old movies, and listening to my favorite music. My favorite travel destination is the Highlands of Scotland, where my grandmother, Elizabeth Chisholm Larsh, was born. My family and I enjoy visiting our Chisholm cousins in Scotland, hiking the mountains in the Highlands, and playing golf on Scottish Links courses. I have been married for over 33 years to my wife, Cindy. We have two grown children, Ethan, age 27, and Mary, age 26. We also enjoy visiting our extended families that live mainly in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
What is life after retirement like?
Besides writing two books, I have been able to enjoy all my interests full-time. I have played approximately 1,500 rounds of golf since retiring, many with my children and wife. I have traveled to see my Chisholm cousins in Scotland four times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) for as long as 30 days.
Any new books on the horizon?
My nephew (by marriage) has requested that I write his biography. He is a full-blooded native Indian from Canada from the Métis Nation. Following his birth in 1973, Canadian social workers forcibly took him away from his mother. He has recently learned of the identity of his mother and other relatives in Canada and is participating in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Canadian government for their unconscionable policy of separating indigenous children from their families and then putting them up for adoption to white families.
Bill, thanks for visiting my blog today. I’m sure readers will find your book as fascinating as I did. Best of luck on your future endeavors. Visit Bill’s Amazon author page for more information.