Author Janet Sabina says of her fictional Navajo characters: “When the U.S.Army forces hundreds of Native American Navajo families from their homes to an internment camp in what is now New Mexico in 1864, I want readers to see the confusion, the blood, the despair.
“When my young protagonist is unable to protect his mother and newborn brother as he promised his father he would, I want readers to fight tears as he promises himself, ‘I will not weep.’ When he lies beside a meager fire suffering from small pox and wondering what death is like, I want readers to wonder too.
“I want them to feel the humiliation of a young girl who has been sold as a slave when her owner rips a dress from her body. When she escapes with a young man of her people and builds a marriage ceremony with what she remembers from home, I want readers to celebrate with her.”
A retired church youth worker and curriculum writer, Janet Sabina was inspired to research and write "I Will Not Weep" by a trip to Canyon deChelly, Arizona. Author of the nonfiction book, "Can't We DO Something? Story of Resistance to a Four Lane Highway" when she lived in Sedona, Arizona, Janet now lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado where they cope with aging and take delight in three sons, three daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren.