Episode 40: Writing Wrongs with Dr. David Childs

Escaping From Home by Dr. David Childs

We get to interview one of our favorite people: Dr. David J. Childs, academic adviser to the Democracy & Me program, professor of education at Northern Kentucky University, painter, pastor, parent, and co-author of the new book Escaping from Home: A Novel about Slavery and Freedom.

Dr. Childs’ historical novel for young readers centers on the friendship between a poor white boy and an enslaved boy, two spirited characters who experience some of the same struggles growing up in 1860s Virginia, but face different futures.

Listen up as we dig into the writing process with Dr. Childs, talking about how to trust your voice, how to collaborate with others, and how to balance social responsibility with our own creative freedom.

His best advice for aspiring writers? “Just keep pushing.”

The podcasters:

  • Jordan Polk, University of Cincinnati (host)
  • Brennan Jones, Finneytown H.S.
  • Harnoor Mann, University of Cincinnati
  • Jordan Shaw, Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Alex Bentley, University of Cincinnati, Transition & Access Program
  • Nandini Likki, The Seven Hills School

Here’s a link to order a digital copy of Dr. David Childs’ book.

Here’s a link to the book’s Facebook page.