I’ve lived at both ends of the Oregon Trail. I grew up in eastern Washington State, near the site of the Whitman Mission. The story of the Whitman Massacre was part of my childhood. I now live in Kansas City, Missouri, near Independence — one of the main jumping off points for the Oregon Trail.
I’ve always been fascinated by the courage of the emigrants to the West. How many of us would be brave enough to travel 2000 miles from civilization, knowing that we would never see our loved ones again?
I’ve been working on two novels related to this period in our nation’s history. Periodically, I’ll post information on this blog about my progress, and tell you about the progress of my characters along the Trail.