A Road Paved With Gold…?
One of the main issues that’s addressed in Gilded Wings is a very real issue that’s still a part of our world today: Wealth versus Poverty.
During the Gilded Age, the wealthy not only had it all but they flaunted it at every turn. It was not only Mark Twain who called these particular people out, there were many. The Four Hundred Club was made up of the richest of the rich. They held parties in their stately homes on Fifth Avenue, while in the summer months they all departed to Newport, Rhode Island in order to outdo one another there. In fact, the mansions they built were so unbelievably ostentatious it was literally amazing and an eyesore to see them.
Right down the road from Tiffany’s, Fifth Avenue, servants walking the master’s dogs…was a place of pure and utter poverty. The ‘working class’ was what they were called, and while they worked to build a better life for their families – which is why they came over to Ellis Island in the first place – they found themselves living in tenements that were falling down. Fire escapes were rusted and falling away from the buildings; garbage and refuse were in the streets; and some of the nicest people in the city were basically buried in a world that was even worse than the lands they had originally escaped from, or chose to leave behind. But they believed. They believed in America, in freedom, and they wanted to work their butts off to make it.
One of the saddest things I came across while doing my research for this book, and finding out exactly what Emily and Matthew would discover, I came across the potter’s field. A potter’s field is an American term for a place where the unknown or indigent people are buried. Although the term came from the Bible, referring to a field used for the extraction of potter’s clay, which was useless for agriculture but could be used as a burial site – the actual realization of Potter’s Field was depressing.
Emily and Matthew, having come from a place of pure and utter luxury, find themselves standing in this area. They stand eye-to-eye with the truth and a tragedy of epic proportions (not to mention a completely real one that happened long ago). Seen through an angel’s eyes, this was a place that brought to light the millions of lives that were falling apart on the streets they assumed were ‘paved with gold,’ yet the people the angel/warrior team met there had more heart, soul and reverence for the U.S. than all of the wealthy combined.
I hope readers will truly see the black and white – the yin and yang – when it comes to the very different worlds that existed back then, and how the angel/warrior team found themselves pawns in a society that despised them, and outsiders in a society that they simply didn’t understand.
As the adventure continues and Emily and Matthew discover new things, I wanted to make sure that they became a part of what was once very much our country. And, unfortunately, what still remains to be one society versus another, even if it is quieter than it once was. Angels and warriors aren’t needed to change this fact, only a solution, so that the deserved ones, the hardworking, will one day have a chance to ultimately shine.
Until Next Time, Everybody,
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Drew trailed behind, whistling, taking the boys into Central Park where they ran in the large, green field. Hide-and-seek was played behind a large canopy of blooming trees, as well as an exciting hour of ‘cowboys and Indians.’
Anya and Hope sat on a green bench centered in the most fragrant meadow Anya had ever seen; she was in awe of the serene place built smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the big city. Even in the midst of the huge population, Anya could barely hear a noise wafting through the thick foliage.
They rode in a carriage decorated with bright pink flowers and Gregori shrieked with delight. He pretended to be the owner of the grand white horse, while he and Myles hunted outlaws that waited around every corner.
Anya was positively blissful when they returned home. Drew, being the perfect escort, took them inside and then went around the corner of the brownstone into the small apartment that was attached to the back of the main house. He was going to change for dinner with the family.
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Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.