The Stewards is completed and finally ready to be sent off to my agent. I modeled my story after the Cambodian Genocide and Pol Pot’s vision of turning his country into an agrarian communist state. The inspiration came after my husband shared with me of his friendship with a family that escaped from the Khmer Rouge. I further researched the genocide and asked myself how a people might be able to preserve their history and culture through something other than books. At the same time, I came across a PBS special on the Freedom Riders and studied their remarkable story of passive resistance. Taking these two parts of our history, I combined them together and added my own unique twists to create The Stewards.