Almond Street Mission was an exciting book to write. I’m grateful to Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham, AL for allowing me to visit and learn firsthand how a homeless mission operates.
Once again, I’d like my readers to see the real live people I envisioned my characters to look like.
The hero is based on Mike Yankoski who actually went homeless for a year in order to better understand the plight of those on the street. His book is Under the Overpass.
Here’s the real Mike Yankoski.
The heroine who meets the hero at a homeless mission is Glorilyn Neilson, JD’s younger sister, if you’ve read The Almond Street series. Glorilyn’s youngest brother has gone missing. Volunteering at the Almond Street Mission fills her time until he comes home. When she meets “Jer”, the hero, she discovers he’s also homeless and a resident at the shelter.
I can’t neglect the villain, Aldo Beam. Jer finds himself back on the streets as a result of this homeless man’s actions.
When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn from violent assault, he’s not the man he seems. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?