My family moved to Penryn in 1962, a few weeks after my eighth birthday. For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about the town’s beginnings. My first book meant to focus on the Griffith Granite Works and its founder Griffith Griffith since he was the prominent employer of the townsfolk and a primary reason the town came to be called Penryn. Local history stuff.
But a long ago memory kept surfacing, drawing me to research another story, an unknown story of my elderly white-haired, year-round-sun-tanned-skin neighbor lady. In one of our long ago conversations she had commented that, “My momma came to California in a wagon train.” And then, “Momma was a slave, you know.” These two tidbits stuck in my eight-year-old mind. Fifty-plus years later these pieces of information spurred me on to find out about her mother and how she came to be a slave in the “slave-free” state of California.
Strangers and Sojourners in a Town Called Penryn: Adeline a 47,379 word, historical fiction book is the result of my curiosity. This work is the first in a series about the town of Penryn and the lives of its inhabitants. Adeline covers the time period of 1853-1878. The second book, tentatively titled Lucy, will cover 1884-~1916. Aiko, the third book’s title, will continue from ~1916 until ~1950. Each book will focus on a different character that grew up in Penryn.
Adeline has not yet found a publisher but I am actively marketing the book. I will keep you posted as to its publishing progress.