NBC’s ‘Today’ show interviews Altamonte Springs author

Kathleen Christiansen, Orlando Sentinel
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Author and Oakridge High School alumnus Larry Loftis was recently interviewed for a “Today” show segment by a fellow Oakridge graduate and former teammate: NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders.

“It was just so cool because what are the odds of two Orlando guys that went to the same high school and played on the same soccer team are going to be interviewing one another, you know, before 4 million people,” Loftis said. “The odds of that are astronomical.”

The interview airs at 8 a.m. Feb. 12 on NBC. In it, Loftis discusses his new — and third nonfiction espionage — book “The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones” (Atria/Simon & Schuster).

“Today” wanted to conduct the interview at an outdoor venue, so Loftis suggested Leu Gardens.

“It’s got beautiful gardens ... so that’s where we shot it. It was gorgeous, overlooking the lake,” he said. “The NBC staff, the crew, they were great. Everything was great.”

“The Princess Spy,” which published on Feb. 9, is available for purchase at major retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but signed copies of the book can only be purchased from Writer’s Block Bookstore (316 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park). Orders can be placed at writersblockbookstore.com/book/9781982143862 (mention you want a signed copy at checkout).

“I’m trying to spread the wealth in Orlando,” he said. “We don’t want to give it to Amazon. Let’s give it to Orlando people.”

For more information about Loftis, go to larryloftis.com.

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