What is your research process like, and how do you check your work for historical accuracy? Can you describe an instance when you decided, for dramatic or plot purposes, it was better to overlook historical precedent?
Christina Baker Kline
It was very important to me to be as historically accurate as possible. I gave my manuscript to historians, descendants of train riders, a three-star general, and many others. I wanted to get the facts right.
In the final years of the orphan trains, the trains may not have carried as many children as they did before. Niamh's train is perhaps fuller than it might have been. That's the only one that comes to mind ...