Book: The Queen's Daughters by Lorry Lutzcategories: Book, Katharine Bushnell, Courageous Woman, Following God's Call, Sacrificial Activist, British Raj India, Beyond Her Time, British-Indian Toddlers, Daughters of Delliverance, Historical Fiction
Lorry Lutzabout this book: Katharine Bushnell fled to England from the US partly to get away from telling stories of her investigation and release of girls caught in white slavery. When Josephine Butler, famed British Christian activist, asked her to go to India to expose enforced prostitution of Indian girls in the British military camps, she knew it would be a difficult assignment. For four months Kate and her friend, Bess, traveled from cantonment to cantonment across northern India. Some of the girls spoke English and told how the matron in the chakla (where the girls lived) purchased them from their desperately poor mothers. There was no future for them. "We are the Queen's [Victoria's]daughters. She would not want us to be treated like this," they complained.
I loved researching for this book; reading biographies of Josephine Butler and other women of her time; researching at the Women's Library in downtown London where I read through hundreds of documents and reports in Katharine's handwriting and carbon copies of typing. But I found no personal letters, journals or diaries, and wondered how to bring this story alive. A literary agent suggested "Write it as historical fiction." And Voila! I added the fictional drama and interpersonal relationships (even a romance) to the solid framework of my research-- and there's the creative story of Dr. Katharine Bushnell, MD, 1855-1946.
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