Patty Dickson Pieczka
My main focus of writing has been poetry, but with Finding the Raven, I've branched out into fiction using the skills I've learned studying poetic imagery. I was inspired by my grandparents' era, and most particularly by my great uncle, who was a hobo and wrote of his travels to the St. Louis World's Fair and across the country to live with Native Americans. I imagined who he might've seen in St. Louis and what he might have done, though he didn't appear as a main character in the book. I enjoyed researching the times, and at the SIU Library I found newspapers from April 1904. I wondered what it would be like to have answered ads from the classifieds at that time. So in my story, I used actual excerpts from the old newspapers and went in search of "what if."