1836: Escape to America a lyric adventure, a family saga
Author, professor, sailor, farmer and family historian People say Rose Kleidon's language has the ring of authenticity, whether she is writing about families, sailing or homesteading on the American frontier.
That's because she is a sailor, genealogist and historian who grew up at a time and place where the pre-industrial world was still alive, at least in some ways. Her family's farm was not far from where the fictional Kästner family broke the prairie sod to become one of the area's very first settlers.
1836: Escape to America is about bravery and courage and risk-taking, but it is also about immigration to America at the cusp of the industrial revolution, when everything was changing and where the old ways, including monarchy and slavery, were hanging on with all the ferocity they could muster. Played out amidst this larger world are the tragedies, triumphs and absurdities of family life, Rose Kleidon is a professor emeritus at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, where she taught many types of writing for twenty-six years and wrote two textbooks. She has also written for hundreds of clients as the co-founder of Kleidon & Associates, a successful marketing company.
Several beta readers have asked about another book. They want to know what happens next to this family! The second book will take the next generation of the Kästner family into Iowa Territory, sailing across to France and Denmark, and suffering the many trials of frontier life. Watch for more news about both books.
Rose Kleidon is a speech teacher and an experienced public speaker. She speaks at writers' conferences and is available to book clubs. If you want to talk with her about speaking engagements, please email her.