- Robyn Jackson of Gulfport has made her childhood dream of becoming
a published novelist a reality.
alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published
Lakota Moon. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from
Southern Miss in 1982 and currently works at the Hattiesburg American
daily newspaper as features editor.
The book tells
the story of a girl named Mary Eliza who is captured by Sioux Indians
and adopts their way of life.
story was based on the true-life story of a woman named Cynthia
Ann Parker, who was captured and taken away from her family when
the Comanche Indians raided Fort Parker near present day Mexia,
Texas. Parker lived with the Comanche tribe for 20 years until she
was found and reunited with her family.
that although Lakota Moon is based on Parker's life, it is a work
of fiction. Jackson came across Parker's story in an issue of Texas
Highways magazine while she was visiting her parents in San Antonio.
about her life was brief, but it was so beautifully written,"
she said. "I knew at an instant that I would write a novel
inspired by Cynthia Ann Parker's life."
In 1992, six
years after being inspired by Parker's story, Jackson realized how
much she missed writing fiction.
been working as a reporter for 10 years, but I knew I would be happier
if I were creating stories and characters again. My dream, since
I was six years old, was to be a published novelist," she said.
a lot of research into this novel. She studied the Native American
way of life and visited Fort Laramie and the Black Hills and Pine
Ridge reservations. Jackson said that she also read dozens of books
searching for details about camp life, battles and piece talks.
Lakota Moon to honor the people about whom it is written,"
The book is
currently available in stores. For more information, contact Jackson
at (601) 545-1559 or e-mail at RobynatTLP@aol.com.