Author, lecturer, storyteller. There I was minding my own business when suddenly the voices showed up. I finally have a job I truly love.
In the mid-1850s, there were over 30k children living on the streets of New York City. Children as young as four and five who had to lie, cheat, and steal just to survive. Some of the children were true orphans, others were not. Either way, their situation was dire and something had to be done. So, between 1855 and 1929, over 250k children from New York and Boston were sent west on what was later referred to as ‘the orphan trains’ to find new homes. Children most people haven’t heard about. My Orphan Train Lecture explains why there were so many homeless children and the people who were instrumental in helping them.
My goal with this eighteen book saga is to keep those children’s memories alive. While the children in my books are fictional, I use history to tell their tales. I introduce seventeen of the eighteen children in Discovery, book one of The Orphan Train Saga. Discovery tells Mileta’s story and each book after that will tell one of the children’s tale. The reader will follow each child from their earliest memory and find out what caused them to be without a home. The reader will journey with the children on the train and follow as they grow.
When I began writing this historical fiction saga I thought I was writing towards adults. While each book starts with the person’s first memory, the children grow up, and there are real-life situations. With that said, the books are void of swearwords and there is no overly graphic content. Since Discovery’s release in December of 2018, I’ve received e-mails from children as young as nine, letting me know how much they are enjoying this saga, and the history that surrounds it. So, now when I‘m asked I just say it’s for ages 9 to 99+.
Lastly, while Discovery can be read and enjoyed on its own, if you decide to keep reading –which I hope you do- you’ll want to read the books in order. Some of the children’s lives are so intertwined that a subsequent book will give you a greater understanding of something from a previous book when told from a different perspective.
Coming Late Summer of 2020, Franky's story. GUARDIAN, The Orphan Train Saga book 4