Imagine you found out your mother was a serial kidnapper of children? What would you do? Check out Mystique Adoption Agency!
This mystery novel starts with a deathbed confession and ends with a party and a play.
Several twists and turns lead to the reunion of several biological families with their kidnapped children, most of whom were kidnapped between the early 1960s and 2000.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
During the spring of 2019, I moved from my home to an apartment. During this stressful period of my life, I found a writing prompt online for this topic. I had always wondered if I could write a short story. The short story morphed into a novel. I found writing both relaxing and lots of fun.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters were kidnapped children who were adopted by their kidnapper in the 1960s. The idea of a deathbed confession to these people came naturally, however I then decided some listeners needed to be police officers so they could attempt to locate their birth families and those of their fellow residents.
"Shawn, I have heart surgery tomorrow morning. The time has come for me to tell you a story that will affect you and all the other children."
“Dad, do you want the others to come in also?”
“Who all is here?”
“Julie, Dave, and Sally. Tim, Karen, and Sue, and Mike are all at work this morning. They will be here this afternoon.”
“Ok. They can come in.”
“Dad, what's this about a story,” asked Julie.
“Well, you all know that your mom couldn't have children. So, when she saw a cute baby, she would try to take the baby home. By the time I met your mom she already had 6 kids. I couldn't figure out how she had so many children in such a short time. I think there are about 4 years between the 6 oldest.”
“I found out when she came home with Sue about 3 years after we got married. That night she insisted that we had to leave Lawson right away. That's how we came to live in Mystique. As you know when we got to Mystique there wasn't much there. It was close enough to my job in Lawson that I could continue my job, but it was far enough away that no one caught on to the fact that we had one extra child. She did it again about a year later when she brought home, Mike.”
“Is that why we were all homeschooled?” asked Dave.
“Yes, I think it was. Your mom never explained it to me. She just told me it was part of her job.”
“Why didn't you tell us sooner?”
“First off, I wasn't sure how she was getting her kids, I thought maybe she adopted all of you through Children’s Aid. She told me what she had done a few months before she died. I promised your mom that I wouldn't tell any of you while she was still living. Now I can share the information.”
“When she took a child, she or one of her partners would go to a cemetery and find a child about the same age and they would order the birth certificate. That's how she named most of the children.”
“Wow! Dad, that's quite a story you have for us," I said.
Julie and Sally were crying and kept saying. “We're not related. We're not really a family. What happens to us now?”
Dave asked, “how do we figure out who we really are?”
“Your mom left a diary you can find it in her dresser at home. I never wanted to look at it because then I would have to deal with the problem. I don't know how much information she included. I also once saw a scrapbook with missing children posters in it. There were so many posters that I couldn't figure out which kid was each of you. It's so hard to look at a baby picture and put it together with an adult.”
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