Greetings, Reading Friend! This is David Telbat with some research background for my new novel, Dawn of Affliction. Although I write fictional stories, I commit to careful research for accurate geography, local customs, and sometimes even language dialects. For the Dawn of Affliction novel, which is about an epic journey through post-apocalyptic America, I researched real towns across the West to use in the story. Oatman, Arizona, is just one of the interesting places I used in this book.
Meet Alice Oatman
The old mining town of Oatman received its name after an Illinois girl was kidnapped by Indians in the early 1800s. Alice Oatman was made a slave, sold to other Indians, and her face was finally tattooed. Years later, she was released.
This amazing true story of survival inspired several scenes within Dawn of Affliction. I use the town of Oatman as an oasis for the main characters to rest from their desert trek. But also in these times of strife, nearby townspeople actually revert back to methods of kidnapping travelers and slavery. God’s people must rise above such evil!
Wild Burros in Oatman?
Yes! There really are droopy-eared burros roaming the streets of Oatman right now. They are the offspring of pack animals that were turned loose by prospectors. The animals are protected by the Dept. of the Interior. Visiting tourists can hand-feed hay cubes to the burros.
In Dawn of Affliction, the gentle burros of Oatman play an important role in the lives of survivors on their desert trek. In an age when travelers must carry what they own on their backs, you can imagine how valuable the burros would be in this forgotten town.
Oatman, Arizona, also has a street theatre where Clark Gable once played poker with the miners there. In this novel about the people of God living in the last days of America, I was pleased to be able to use a small town like Oatman, with its rich, interesting history, to tell a story about friendship, sacrifice, and tragedy.
If you never visit Oatman, you can get a taste of the old mining town and its adobe Oatman Hotel in Dawn of Affliction. Come be a part of the journey!
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COMING UP: Join us next time for our Dec 2018 Novel Update for D.I. Telbat. And for the first post in the New Year we will have another new D.I. Telbat Short Story, “Fear of Death or Peace in Passing.”