Louise Esola is an award-winning writer and journalist. American Boys, her first book, tells the story of a Vietnam War disaster, framed by the entire war itself—a fog-of-war tale that is both heartbreaking and spellbinding. It is a narrative nonfiction that reads as a novel would, with intimate details of those who served and those who lost loved ones in America’s most unpopular war.
Kirkus Reviews called it “history at its best,” awarding American Boys a Kirkus Star and naming it among the Best Books of 2014. It also won several awards including: Writer's Digest Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Self-Published Book Awards, Silver Medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards for US History, 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Military Nonfiction, and Silver in War & Military for Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.
American Boys has been featured in more than a two dozen major publications. Library Journal in September 2015 said it’s a “book (that) clearly benefits from a journalist’s research skills, eye for detail, and storytelling experience.” Writer's Digest in 2016 hailed it as "righting a wrong" in that the book rewrote history and is helping to get 74 names on the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.
Today Louise is combining her unrelenting fascination with history and people, her love of writing, and her journalistic desire to show “how it really happened," telling stories that help paint a picture of American life from all walks. She has completed a novel set in California during and after World War II and is now working on a second novel. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and children.