She was born during the Great Depression, dated a soldier shipped across the world into the upheavals of war. Despite the haunting scars of battle, she married that soldier when he returned. After the loss of her husband of sixty years, an annual trip to visit her grandson in Chicago always helped ease her loneliness. Yet in the face of ailing health, Callie had boarded a train and now needed to make her way back home to Michigan. She’d made the same trip many times before, yet this time it was clear to Callie it would be her last.
That’s when she met Blaine. The young, agitated woman appeared to be seeking an escape which inspired Callie to remember her own struggles in life and love. Had their lives merged for a reason? They had a train ride from Chicago to Lapeer to find out.
Elizabeth wanted to always write this story which is loosely based on her parent's love story from the 1940s. The only stumbling block was to find the perfect setting. While on the Amtrak train from Chicago to Durand, Elizabeth pondered where would best fit her next story. As the clicking of the train on the tracks and passing small towns on her journey, she came up with the idea. Why not put her protagonist on a train from Chicago to Lapeer and have her tell her love story to another passenger? Just a Train Ride was born.
Elizabeth's parents were married in 1945, directly after her father returned home from fighting in World War II. He wasn't the same man who'd left her mother and the transformation in his character was dramatic, yet her mother stayed true to her promise to marry him. Many main events of the story are true, yet large portions is where fiction takes over.
This is Elizabeth's first chance to delve into a more historical fiction genre. Hopefully, it will lead to others.
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