Welcome, Nancy. Thank you for accepting my invitation to interview you. When I saw The Journey Home listed as No. 180 under prejudice and racism in children's books, Amazon, I had to contact you.
Thanks for having me, Louann
I thought I'd jump right in by asking you, why did you write The Journey Home?
Originally, I wrote The Journey Home for a contest about the Underground Railroad. It was sponsored by National Geographic. The goal was to write a novel detailing the route taken by slaves to escape their captors.
I can well imagine how difficult it was to write. Tell me, what was the most surprising fact you learned about the Underground Railroad?
In addition to slaves being in a precarious situation if they were caught, I learned that the route itself was very difficult. I had assumed that the railroad would go through cities and towns, but the Underground Railroad also went though some pretty mountainous and treacherous areas.
What age group is The Journey Home directed toward?
Ages 9 to 14.
A perfect age to learn about such things. Is the novel based on personal or familial experience?
No. I am not quite that old yet. *grin* I lived in the south when I was young and the school I attended was quite close to old Jamestown. Our bus drove past the the original colony settings before they were turned into a an historical monument and blockaded off from traffic.
Where does The Journey Home take place?
The novel takes place in Delaware during the mid-1800s right before the Civil War. The route traveled goes up into Canada following an original Underground Railroad route.
I understand there has been some controversy of your using the Bible as a book to teach the children of that time to read. Is this true?
Many times the only book people had back then was the Bible and so it was used for this purpose. This has caused some objections and comments in the reviews of the novel, but it is accurate so I wanted to leave it in.
If you could have your readers take away one thing from The Journey Home, what would it be?
Read to your children and let your children read to you. They learn to write by reading books. The more a child reads the better the writer he or she will become. Reading to your children at bedtime is the best thing you can do for them to encourage them to read on their own.
About The Journey Home
Separated from their mother and lost in the woods, two runaway slave children travel the Underground Railroad in search of freedom and a forever home. Thomas and Cassie’s mother uses herself as a decoy to save her children and the family separates. Her final words to Thomas and Cassie are to follow the river and stay in the water to hide their scent. They did as she instructed not knowing if this would be the last time they would see her, or that this night would be the beginning of a long, dangerous journey toward an unknown future.
About the author
Nancy Segovia, MLS, MAR has been a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has achieved publishing success in the fields of adult fiction, children's literature, newspaper journalism, feature magazine articles and poetry. She has a Master of Arts in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University, and a Masters of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a retired college English professor, and is a lifelong learner, who takes continual college level MOOC courses on anything that piques her interest. #Celebrities #history #Drama