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A Brown County native who has spent more than 30 years working in journalism has turned his penchant for writing into fiction.

Giles Lambertson is from Fairview. He is the son of Alonzo and Ruth Lambertson, who farmed north of this community in Brown County. The 78-year-old former journalist has lived in Uvalde, Texas for 8 years.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Lambertson has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. This includes a stint in the early 1990s as editor of Hiawatha World, as well as newspapers in Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina. He worked as a photographer-darkroom technician, journalist, editor, editor of editorial pages, columnist.

After working at the Daily World in the mid-1990s, Lambertson eventually returned East and retired from a daily newspaper in small town North Carolina. Since then, he has worked freelance for magazines.

Journalism is a family affair since his brother, David Lambertson, is editor-in-chief of Fairview Enterprise.

Lambertson still keeps his hand in the world of journalism as a freelance writer on a mission, but his most recent projects have spotlighted Gillespie Lamb – who is the pseudonym under which Lambertson writes for his fiction work.

“The Beamy Courage of Gerta Scholler,” was Lamb’s first published novel in 2017. Lambertson said the novel is a mid-level reader about an orphan in New York who rides one of the “orphan trains” to a adoptive family in Kansas.

“From time to time, children’s fears and dreams remain the same…to be safe…to be loved…to have fun…and sometimes just to stay alive in a predatory environment. In 1867, Gerta Scholler is an orphan in a new world. She becomes a reluctant traveler on a rumbling train journey from the East Coast to the country’s outback. There, after a gruesome attack on her new family, Gerta finds herself alone again, this time in a primitive place where a snarling enemy is stalking her. ~ Gerta Scholler’s Beamy Courage

Lambertson said he recently came across the following review of the book:

“Gillespie Lamb’s Gerta Scholler’s Beamy Courage is a remarkable historical novel for intermediate readers. It’s about courage, learning to be true to yourself no matter what, and what it means to be a survivor. I can’t even express how much I love this book and how much I admire Gerta. I didn’t want her story to end. It’s so painfully beautiful, tragic and unforgettable. is one of the few deep novels of hope and faith, challenges and resilience that stole my heart and I hope Lamb will write more about Gerta.This gripping piece of historical fiction is a must, not only for fans of historical fiction, but also for all those who love stories of orphan children. ~ Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers’ Favorite

Lambertson’s second novel under the pen name Gillespie Lamb comes out in August and is titled “The Junkyard Dick.” He’s a salvage yard operator from Texas, with a penchant for solving crimes locally.

“Tak Sweedner is young, a successful salvage yard operator, and a respected amateur sleuth. He’s also pals with childhood friend Roque Zamarripa, whom he wildly admires, and girlfriend Emma Townsend, whom he seems to fall for. in love between fits of exasperation at his charming independence. Overall, life in a small town in South Texas is good for Tak. He just wishes people would stop trying to kill him. ~ The Dick Dump

After more than 30 years in the world of journalism writing hard news, features and more, Lambertson enjoys delving into the world of fiction writing.

“I have always found pleasure in reading fiction, both literary and commercial,” he said. “Stories are a great way to talk about a topic or describe a place or just get away from it all. Whereas short story writing can be very formulaic – the 5 Ws and all that – or dumb Unless it was before journalism schools fell in love with storytelling, fiction gives a writer many ways to express whatever is on his or her mind. there, but a reader has to work a little harder to see them.

The subjects of her novels stem from Lambertson’s personal interests.

“Over the years I had heard of orphan trains, some of which carried children to families in Kansas,” Lambertson said. “It seemed like an intriguing basis for a story. I don’t remember how orphan Gerta Scholler came together in my mind, but I do know that I immediately loved her as a character. I still do.”

Lambertson wanted to highlight a young blue-collar kid’s ability to solve and solve crimes with his latest novel.

“I guess you know that ‘dick’ is an old term meaning detective; I probably should have explained this for the benefit of young readers,” he said. “I like mysteries. They’re an entertaining diversion from bigger topics and the main character, Tak Sweedner, is an entertaining guy, or so I found him.

In another upcoming project, Lambertson said a non-fiction book will be released in July about an airfield where, after World War I, aviation was highly advanced.

“I helped the author, Jerry Koszyk, put the book together,” he said. “It’s called Aviation Pioneers of McCook Field. Later this year I will begin researching a biography of my grandfather, WP Lambertson, who was a Republican congressman. Then there are various pieces of fiction that I work on.

Lambertson’s two novels under the pseudonym Gillespie Lamb are on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble and information about them can be found on the website. www.gillespielamb.com.