Elkton author Cathy Gohlke admits writing her latest book “Band of Sisters” was an emotional roller coaster.
“Sometimes it was really overwhelming,” Gohlke said Tuesday. She said it was “the prayers of other people, and the support of my own band of sisters that prayed me through this.”
It’s a story about human trafficking, circa 1910-1911. This is Gohlke’s fourth book. “Band of Sisters” and is another work of historical fiction -- this time set in New York City.
“It’s about two Irish sisters coming through Ellis Island to escape one bad situation and end up in another,” she said. And it’s about a group of woman who get involved after reading “In His Steps” by Charles Sheldon. This book resurfaced about 10 years ago and triggered the What Would Jesus Do movement.
“Each of these women read the book and each came up with their own answer to the problem. And the women asked themselves, “what would Jesus do about immigrant slavery,” Gohlke said.
Gohlke will be at Kathy’s Corner Shop in North East Sunday from 2-4 to autograph copies of the book.
Book sales aside, she hopes “Band of Sisters” will remind readers that human trafficking is still happening today, although it takes many different forms.
“It’s forced prostitution, it’s labor slavery, it’s runaways who are taken in by people that appear to be sympathetic, but have ulterior motives,” she said. “It’s people buying and selling babies and organs. It’s everything from people being held captive in houses to being held in cages.
“It’s at so many levels and so many ways,” she concluded.
Now she’s adding activist to her resume and using the knowledge gained from her research for the book to urge Congress to re-enact funding legislation that supports victims of human trafficking and programs to prevent such activities. The funding ended a year ago. World Vision is leading the charge to restore that funding with its “The Last Stand” campaign.
“Band of Sisters” is available at Kathy’s Corner Shop in North East, The Palette and The Page in Elkton and at Family Christian Stores and Barnes and Noble.
Gohlke’s other titles include: “William Henry is a Fine Name,” “I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires,” which won Christy Awards, and “Promise Me This.”
If you go:
Cathy Gohlke has a new book “Band of Sisters”
Book signing at Kathy’s Corner Shop
100 South Main St., North East
Sunday Sept 16 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Cathy Gohlke’s “Band of Sisters”