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Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? Ruby the Indomitable
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? Normally, my books take 6 weeks to 6 months to complete before they are ready for my publisher. After that, there are edits and rewrites, the design of the book cover, which is always thrilling to see. If you stick to deadlines, the complete process can take a year. However, Ruby the Indomitable took years. The historical aspects needed to be spot on. The result is a sound book with historical details and accurate information. It all began in a middle school reading when I took my class for our weekly visit to the library. Perusing the shelves, I saw a book titled, The Orphan Train (by Christina Baker-Kline). (http://christinabakerkline.com/) I checked out all the books that had to do with it, which were not many. I learned that “homeless children roamed the streets of New York City from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Death and disease were heaped upon poverty and overcrowding, causing thousands of children to be abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
Adding to the malaise, boatloads of European immigrants flooded the American shores and soon succumbed to the same adversities, leaving thousands of children parentless. Few accounts are found of the Orphan Train that carried white skinned children out into the heartland of America to find new families. History hints that the dark skinned children were placed into wealthy households for servants.
My residence is Denton, Texas, but I grew up in Chicago and Delavan, Wisconsin. A 1974 graduate of UW Whitewater, I taught high school in Ottawa, Illinois. After I married, we traveled the world as missionaries for several years before settling in Texas. I have two grown children, two fabulous grandsons, and three naughty rescue dogs. After being in education for forty years, I look forward to retirement. What is next?