To begin, share a little with us about us about your book, The Golden Pathway.
Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa.
Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.
How did you come to write about the Underground Railroad?
History has always fascinated me, even as a young child. And when I found myself taking up residence (as an adult) in the historical hamlet of Tappan, NY (Rockland County) I became even more enthralled. Coupled with my father’s involvement with the Rockland County Historical Society in creating artist replicas of the numerous historical locations throughout the county I found myself further drawn into the past. Then as a student at the Institute of Children’s Literature I jumped at the chance to develop a historical fiction story about a young southern boy against slavery.
Is there a lesson you want to impart to today's kids from the Underground Railroad?
Overcoming adversity against immeasurable odds and that with determination success in achieving your dreams is possible.
That is beautiful. How did you go about doing your research?
Initially online, then visiting the Tappan Library and thoroughly researching the Underground Railroad.
What are you working on now?
As to no surprise another historical fiction manuscript based around the USS Constitution and how boys (as young as 11) were kidnapped by the Press Gangs and forced into hard labor on ships.
Wow, that sounds fascinating! Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Get involved in a writer’s critique group, whether at your local library, community center, or online. Several resources online:
- Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club: http://writingforchildrencenter.com
- Muse Online Writers Conference: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com
Who is your favorite author?
This has changed dramatically since I began writing in 2007. My past favorite authors were always the big names, Danielle Steele, James Paterson, Stephen King…you get my drift. Now I tend to gravitate to the lesser known authors who have as much talent and to be fair for those of you who’ve I enjoyed over the last several years I’m not going to name names in fear of missing someone. Especially since my list is ever growing.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I want to take the opportunity to thank all who have helped me along the way in achieving my dream as an author. Of course beginning with my loving and supportive husband, Tom and daughter’s Nicole and Hayley, my parents, in-laws, extended family and friends, and the dear writing communities I’m involved with both online and in person. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a nurturing personal and writing community to birth an author. Thank you!
Tomorrow, November 16, my writing friend Maggie Ball is featuring an interview with Dianne Sagan on her wonderful blog. Check it out! http://magdalenaball.blogspot.com