Ella loved her family’s farm. Sure, it was hard work for a ten-year-old, but Ella didn’t mind. The farm was like her own bubble, protecting her from the world that lay beyond its wooden fences. And Besides, she had her older brother, Maurice, to help her out. What more could she ask for?
But then Ella’s world began to crumble around her. She stopped doing farm work. She stopped leaving the house. She even stopped eating and drinking. The fear that lived in her heart began to take over, and there was no way for her to stop it.
Until one day, a mysterious man knocked on her front door and presented her with an offer she could not refuse. Now, Ella must venture out into the dark world she fears most, whether she wants to or not.
Will she make it out alive?
Targeted Age Group:: 9 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Ever since I was a little boy, I had a fascination with fairy tales. Brother's Grimm. Hans Christian Anderson. You name it I probably read it. So when it was time for me to come up with my first chapter book series I knew I wanted to write my own fairy tale. Thus I looked back as these stories as a jumping-off point and combined ideas together to form my own take on the classic trope. And thus ROAR was born!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
It was important to me that the characters had some take on the classic fairy tale tropes we are all used to when we were kids. From there I tried to incorporate my own experiences to try to make the characters a little more well rounded. This is probably best seen in Ella, the main character, who has her own personal journey that changes her as a person many of which were inspired by my personal life.
Ella let out a blood-curdling shriek. It was not but five minutes ago that the young child was minding her business, cleaning the dishes, when a monstrous form appeared in front of her. Ella ran away from the sink and hid underneath the kitchen table.
Maurice ran into the room. “Is everything okay?” he said looking at his younger sister.
The young girl pointed at the monster that frightened her. Standing next to the sink was a small white mouse looking at the scared child.
Maurice let out a little laugh. “Oh Ella,” he said in a dramatic tone. “That’s one big scary monster you have there. Whatever will we do?” He let out a small smile.
“Shut up, Maurice,” the scared Ella said, throwing the dirty rag at him, “Do you think you can take him away?”
Maurice walked to the curious mouse, picked it up, and placed it on the window sill. “There you go buddy,” he said as the mouse scurried away. He turned back toward his sister “See? Nothing to be afraid of.”
Ella came out from under the table “Yeah well…I could have handled that all by myself.”
“Sure, Ms. Scaredy Cat,” Maurice said as he sat on one of the chairs.
Maurice was right. Ever since he could remember she was always afraid of everything. Mice. Bugs. Beast. You name it, she’s screamed at it. Courage was not Ella’s strongest attribute but that didn’t bother her one bit. After all, she had her brother to protect her.
Ella looked out the window. The sun had risen above the tree line and cascaded its light onto their small farm. The wind was blowing. The animals were waking up. It was her little piece of heaven, and she would not have wanted it any other way.
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