Sunday, January 18, 2009
Stories for Children
Delaware resident Donna Nordmark Aviles is the granddaughter of Oliver Nordmark, the protagonist of her books for children, ages eight and up. She has worked in many fields including foreign exchange, social services and business. After raising three children, Aviles returned to her early love of writing and is currently working on her next book. She enjoys speaking to school students and organizations about the Orphan Train Movement and The Great Depression.
Donna signed a contract for the screen rights to her books with Los Angeles screenwriter William Rotko, who is best known for his work on Breach and Beast. Rotko had this to say about Ms. Aviles and her work: "She's able to write the story in these books wonderfully. She's a young writer, new to the craft, and she's able to accomplish that. It's very difficult. The ideal movie will bring it to a larger audience. I want to make it a family movie about that period of America and make it relatable for everyone."
Donna's first two books, Fly Little Bird, Fly! and Beyond the Orphan Train are the true life adventures of her grandfather, Oliver Nordmark. Orphaned at age six and sent west on the Orphan Train at eight, Oliver struck out on his own at age fifteen. The third book in the series, Peanut Butter for Cupcakes, is the story of Oliver's journey through parenthood as he struggles to raise six small children during The Great Depression after the unexpected and tragic death of his young wife.
Donna Nordmark Aviles' website
Her publisher, Wasteland Press