On this LIVE episode of Intersections Radio...host Sarika Mehta talks to author Rene Denfeld about her writing as well as her advocacy on behalf of sex trafficking victims and people who are wrongly imprisoned.
THE CHILD FINDER: A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.
“Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing?
Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or—is it possible—you are still alive?”
Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to police and a select group of parents as “the Child Finder,” Naomi is their last hope.
Rene is the author of the acclaimed novels The Child Finder and The Enchanted, as well as essays in publications such as the New York Times. Devoted to helping others, Rene works with sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. Rene was the Chief Investigator at a public defender’s office and has worked hundreds of cases. In addition to her advocacy work, Rene has been a foster adoptive parent for twenty years. She will be awarded the Break The Silence Award at the 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala in Washington, DC on November 2, 2017, in recognition for her advocacy and social justice work.
The child of a difficult history herself, Rene is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with others. Rene’s second novel, The Child Finder, explores themes of survival, resiliency, and redemption. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care.