Dobyns Chronicles

ABOUT Shirley McLain

Shirley McLain
I am a wife, mother of two, grandmother of six and a retired RN.  I live in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and I am enjoying my retirement to fullest.  I have always loved to write, so with retirement I decided to start writing.  My debut book, "The Tower" was a learning experience for m More...



Here is a treat for Historical fiction fans as well as those who are fascinated by the late 19th and early 20th century historical events in both Texas and Oklahoma.  This Historical novel is loosely based on a true life story of a brave Oklahoman from the mid 1880's to 1955.  This dramatic story also showcases the struggles and intermarriage of an American cowboy and an American Indian.

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie's strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It's a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie's life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.

I was raised with my mother telling me the stories about her Grandfathers life. Charley Dobyns was a kind, gentle man with tragedy interwoven throughout his life. He was made of tough stock and lived a good long life. His legacy to his family was the strength and perseverance, along with maintaining a strong family bond through the generations. I wrote Dobyns Chronicles as a tribute to my mother and her family.

A story from times gone by. A well written story of real people and real places. If you enjoy the Waltons then you will love this book. Follows the life of a young boy from childhood in North  Texas  to being a grandfather in Southeastern Oklahoma. An excellent story that will help the younger folk to understand what their grandparents or great great grandparents lived through. I could see a movie on the Lifetime network being made from this book.  Henry T. Cosgrove

I so enjoyed seeing in  print  the familiar names of family, their acquaintances, and places from our family’s oral history. It may be fiction mixed with fact, but its “kwel” to live in the moment with the characters. It certainly helps conceptualize a more human connection to our ancestors than we can surmise from two-dimensional  photos . I feel fortunate that I was old enough to have had Charley and Mila in my childhood. Even though they were great-grandparents, we always called them “Grandpa and Grandma”. I finished the book last night, Shirley. As I turned to the last photo, I gazed upon those familiar faces. Then I looked up to the wall next to my bed to  the photo  which always hangs there and those same loving and memorable faces are looking back at me…Charley, Lottie, Mila, Melvin, Homer, and my grandfather, Marion.

Barbara Warren
I just finished Dobyn's Chronicles at 11:30 last night because I couldn't put it down, I really felt as if I was there during the Yellow Fever, tax sale and shootings. What made it so interesting especially to me is the location . I know these names/ I just didn't know the history behind them. I will be buying copies for my family and friends. Mary Gaberino