Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Ashley Sweeney, here to talk about her new book Answer Creek, the story of the Donner Party. The great Missouri-based trails: the Oregon, Mormon, and California, used in the westward expansion between 1829 and 1870 saw approximately 500,000 emigrants making the journey to the west beyond the Great Plains. Most of these pioneers have been forgotten today except for perhaps one, the Donner Party. The 87 members of this party would probably have been forgotten as well except for the ordeal near Truckee Lake and Alder Creek in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the stories of cannibalism.
Ashley Sweeney is the winner of the 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award for her first novel, Eliza Waite. Answer Creek is her second novel.
Nancy currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and Tucson but I want to add that her father is Jerry Sweeney, a familiar writer here on the Eastern Shore. He is one of the editors of the Delmarva Review, as well as a past president of The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association.