Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: New York Orphan by Rosemary J. Kind @therealalfiedog @GoddessFish

New York Orphan
by Rosemary J. Kind
GENRE: Historical Fiction


From fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, to losing his parents on the ship to New York, seven-year-old Daniel Flynn knows about adversity. As Daniel sings the songs of home to earn pennies for food, pick-pocket Thomas Reilly becomes his ally and friend, until he too is cast out onto the street.

A destitute refugee in a foreign land, Daniel, together with Thomas and his sister Molly, are swept up by the Orphan Train Movement to find better lives with families across America. For Daniel will the dream prove elusive?

How strong are bonds of loyalty when everything is at stake?


At the end of the block, the buildings clambered over the tentacle-like roots of a massive tree, its shape and leaves quite different to the ones he knew back home. Leaning against the trunk, with his knees pulled up to his body, sat Tom. Daniel felt awkward approaching him. He didn’t know what to say. He went and sat beside him and began stripping the bark from a twig he found lying on the ground.

“We’ll be thrown out when she dies.” Tom drew the back of his sleeve across his face.

“She’ll get better.” Daniel spoke more in hope than certainty.

“You’ve lived in Ireland all your life and you’re still an optimist? Welcome to reality. Folks don’t get better, they die. Or they leave you. Don’t you want to know where me da is? That drunken eejit. He works the railroads some place. Said he’d send money back for us. Said he’d send for us to join him. He’s out there drinking hisself silly, while Mammy lies here dying.”

Daniel felt a flood of anger, not at Tom’s absent father but at his self-pity. “You don’t think I knows what it’s like? I’d lost everything.” His nostrils flared as he spoke. “I found you and Molly, that’s my hope. I ain’t got no one but yous.” Feeling the overwhelming urge to cry, but desperate not to show his weakness, he instead punched Tom’s arm.

Tom punched him back and before long they were sprawling in the dust, each trying to pummel their frustration out on the other, until they eventually fell laughing in a heap. They were hardly more filthy and tattered than when they began.

 Interview with Rosemary J. Kind

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Oh that’s a tough call. My dog Wilma is probably the closest these days. She’s my go everywhere girl and her soulful eyes are enough to inspire me on the darkest of days. It used to be my eldest dog, Alfie, but he has opted out of many things in the last few years as he has dementia.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
Probably 6 – 8 but that includes weekends too. Not all of it is the writing itself. The time covers everything from writing to editing and also promoting my work and engaging with readers.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?
I’m sure it’s not always good for me, but yes I do read reviews. I don’t think any written reviews have shaped what I go on to write but reader comments at book groups and forums certainly have. In the series I’m writing at the moment, having readers say ‘I really need to know what happens to X or Y character’ has made me ensure that the stories of those characters have been covered.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
No hidden messages, but there are places that those who have known me a very long time might recognize. In one of my novels ‘The Appearance of truth’ the lead character goes on a walk around her childhood haunts and visits places which were my childhood. I’ve moved their location, but I could take you to the real places that make up that tour.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in New York Orphan?
Daniel Flynn is seven-years old when he arrives on the dock of New York as an orphan. He is a really good-natured boy who embraces so many of the values he’s learned from his family. His parents died on the ship from Ireland to America forcing Daniel to grow up very quickly. At times he’s too nice for his own good, which leaves him vulnerable.

Thomas and Molly Reilly are brother and sister. They too hail from Ireland and now live with their mother in a slum in New York. As the book progresses we see Thomas feeling the need to rely on no one but himself as he has lost so many of the people he might have relied on. It is his coping mechanism, but for a time that makes him ruthless, dishonest and selfish. He and Daniel swear blood brothers very early in the book, but their different reactions to their own personal tragedies is part of what sets up the story.

Molly is only six at the opening of the book, but she is already a feisty girl who is very able to look after herself. She is sensitive but level-headed and more than capable of dealing with the awful situations that come their way.

We see the three lead characters growing from children to young adults in the course of this book and it is the separation and reuniting of their lives which gives the basis for the story. Essentially, New York Orphan is Daniel’s story.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
The next in the series, Unequal By Birth, comes out on October 18th. It picks up Molly’s story as a young adult. The focus of the book is the fight for both sex and race equality which was taking place in America in the 1860s.

Now I’m working on the novel which comes after that which will look at injustice and corruption in law and politics in the 1870s and covers more of Thomas’s story, although from part way through New York Orphan he has changed his name to William.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
I love writing, so will work as long as time permits. I can end up resenting any interruptions during those times. In reality I tend to set a minimum number of words to write and as long as those are done I can stop when I like. That is more important for the days when there are many more calls on my time as it means I still move forward.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?
Only in terms of the minimum I’ve mentioned and even that is misleading. I’m always writing other things as well, such as my dog’s daily diary blog which has now run for over 13 years and is listed as one of the top UK pet blogs. My minimum only relates to the novel itself, everything else is on top of that.

What inspires you to write?
Writing is more like breathing to me. It is something I have to do. My brain always seems to be active and pen and paper are my brain’s overflow for all the ideas it can’t store. I find ideas everywhere I look.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?
Half and half – I read a lot of both. I need the non-fiction for research as well as general interest but I always have a novel on the go as well.

Read series or stand-alone?
Again both. When I find an author I like, I generally read everything they have ever written and that can include both types. Similarly I’ve written both.

Read Science fiction or horror?
Definitely science fiction. I have a very vivid imagination. It makes horror far too scary for me to read or watch. I’d never cope with everyday life if I did.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz
Neither – I’m sorry, just not my taste.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Definitely the book. It’s almost a trick question though as I have a very visual imagination and can readily see the book playing out, which can mean I feel as though I’ve seen a movie.

Read an ebook or paperback?
I get through more audio books these days as they can play as I walk the dogs, drive the car, cook my meals and so on. However, I read ebooks in queues or the dentist waiting room and paperbacks in bed.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
Either would be fine by me. Perhaps I could do alternate months then I’d have the best of both worlds.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
Now that’s a tough one. I do love online tours and discussions with readers, but I love real life meetings too. Technology does allow me to get to more places in less time and meet people I would never have got to see otherwise, so I guess if I can only have one it would have to be online. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rosemary J Kind writes because she has to. You could take almost anything away from her except her pen and paper. Failing to stop after the book that everyone has in them, she has gone on to publish books in both non-fiction and fiction, the latter including novels, humour, short stories and poetry. She also regularly produces magazine articles in a number of areas and writes regularly for the dog press.

As a child she was desolate when at the age of 10 her then teacher would not believe that her poem based on ‘Stig of the Dump’ was her own work and she stopped writing poetry for several years as a result. She was persuaded to continue by the invitation to earn a little extra pocket money by ‘assisting’ others to produce the required poems for English homework!

Always one to spot an opportunity, she started school newspapers and went on to begin providing paid copy to her local newspaper at the age of 16.

For twenty years she followed a traditional business career, before seeing the error of her ways and leaving it all behind to pursue her writing full-time.

She spends her life discussing her plots with the characters in her head and her faithful dogs, who always put the opposing arguments when there are choices to be made.

Always willing to take on challenges that sensible people regard as impossible, she established and ran the short story download site Alfie Dog Fiction for six years building it to become one of the largest in the world, representing over 300 authors and carrying over 1600 short stories. She closed it in order to focus on her own writing.

Her hobby is developing the Entlebucher Mountain Dog in the UK and when she brought her beloved Alfie back from Belgium he was only the tenth in the country.

She started writing Alfie’s Diary as an Internet blog the day Alfie arrived to live with her, intending to continue for a year or two. Thirteen years later it goes from strength to strength and has been repeatedly named as one of the top ten pet blogs in the UK.

For more details about the author please visit her website at www.rjkind.com For more details about her dog then you’re better visiting www.alfiedog.me.uk

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RosJK said...

Thank you for inviting me to join you on your blog today.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt & interview!