Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

May NoCO-Connect: Hidden Gems: How unearthing a family story inspired a novel

Date(s) - 05/16/2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hidden Gems: How unearthing a family story inspired a novel, with presenter Alda Dobbs
When: Monday, May 16, 2022,  – 7-9pm
Where: Zoom, email for link: Julie/
Whether a family story is the backdrop to your novel or a character in your story, in this meeting I’ll share tools that helped me research a family story that inspired my debut novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. I will go over the resources that allowed me to find photographs, narratives, and data, and I will also share tips on ways to merge it all seamlessly into your novel.
Alda P. Dobbs is the author of the historical novels Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna and its followup, The Other Side of the River (September 2022). Her debut novel received a Pura Belpre Honor and is a Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection. Alda was born in a small town in northern Mexico but moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child. She studied physics and worked as an engineer before pursuing her love of storytelling. She’s as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, different cultures and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas.