Interview with David from The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

Q. David, you are afraid of your father. How did you gain the strength and courage to defy him?

A. Beating animals is wrong, so why is it okay for pa to beat humans? Seeing the marks he left on Jenkins made me want to hurl. I knew in my heart I had to help Jenkins no matter what.

Q. How did you know to ask Mr. Stump for help?

A. I overheard grownups talking outside of church one morning about how wrong slavery was and how Mr. Stump was determined to help.

Q. Interesting. No one saw you lurking around?

A. Oh no. It is always my job to gather up the church missalettes from the adults after services. So it gives me the perfect chance to hear lots of interesting stuff.

Q. What type of interesting stuff?

A. I can’t really say. I do not want to ruin other chances to help more slaves. I better get going before Pa wonders where I have been. Bye.


Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications, and her first book, The Golden Pathway, will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing. Ms. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Musing Our Children, and The National Writing for Children Center. Learn more about Donna at if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and and


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Posted on October 12, 2010, in Character Interview. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thanks for hosting David today, Rose. I’ve read his story and he’s a very brave boy. I’m sure many young ones could learn a lot from him.


  2. Hi Rose:

    Thank you for hosting David of The Golden Pathway today. He is quite the brave soul and always knows when not to reveal too much information.

    Thank you for your time and interest,

  3. This is a fun little interview, Donna. 🙂

  4. Very Bravc interview from David. Thanks for sharing your character with us and bringing him to life.

  5. I sure wish I could meet that boy in person. Oh Wait! He’s not real and if he were he’d be dead by now. But maybe reading about him will inspire other kids to be courageous like him.

  6. Thank you Dark Phantom, K.C., and Terri for stopping by and visiting with David today. We truly appreciate it!

  7. Great idea for an interview Donna! David is well worthy of an interview and maybe even a movie or mini-series ;O) Bravo!!

  8. Janet and Jack:

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting with David. His strength and determination is certainly admirable! Your kind words of support mean the world to me! Thanks!

    Best wishes,

  9. Donna,

    What a great idea to interview David. I love it!
    Nicole Weaver

  10. Great way to introduce us to your main character, Donna!

  11. Nice way to introduce us to your main character, Donna. Any plans on interviewing Pa, Jenkins, or Mr. Stump?

  12. It was so good hearing from David. Wonderful intervie, Donna!

  13. Nicole, Sharon, Kevin, and Nancy:

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with David. He is quite persistent!

    Best wishes,

  14. Interesting to hear from David. Thanks for sharing from his perspective.

  15. This is such a good idea! David is the kind of child you’d love to meet. What a good role model he is for everyone.

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