Historical photographs courtesy of the Dayton Metro Library
|City of Three Rivers||
When I was a girl I was inspired by Louise May Alcott’s “Little Women”. I cut paper dolls out of Montgomery Ward catalogs and gave each doll a unique personality, with special talents and flaws. I invented stories, published a short story in Wee Wisdom when I was twelve, and at the age of fifteen, I won first prize in a writing contest sponsored by Venture Magazine.
I was in my 30s when I began working on City of Three Rivers. Once again, I created fictional family trees, characters, and relationships. I watched as a story emerged—one that fascinated me and seemed worth the telling—and soon I determined which characters I cared about the most, when I wanted the story to begin (and when to end), and what city it should take place in.