Monthly Archives: April 2012
In the story….
Character Description: Teacup is a blue nosed pit bull. She becomes Heather’s pet. She is named after the spinning teacups at the carnival where Heather lives…
In real life…
Teacup is the author’s mutt mixed with German Shepherd and Teacup Yorkshire. She loves to run and wouldn’t hurt a fly. Teacup was originally named T-bone by her first owner (teacup because instead of being a teacup Yorkie she’s a teacup shepherd!) and she is petrified of cats! Teacup is now ten years old but as energetic as ever.
When Teacup was little she chewed anything and everything. This is why she wears a metal collar. It’s the only one she can’t eat through! (She’s been known to eat right through a flea collar too.)
She can sit, roll over, play dead, ‘high five’, shake, take half a cookie, walk on a leash without the leash–right at your side! One of the best dogs the author has ever owned!
In the Story…
Character Description: Shiesha Ivy is the daughter of Patch Ivy, one of the carnival kings, and the late Kelly Ivy, who was brutally murdered in a hate riot back in the ’80′s. She lives in the traveling carnival with her father, has a special gift when it comes to learning and taking care of others. Her father, Patch, is in charge of most animals on the grounds. Shiesha is who they go to when there’s a medical problem with one of them–or even a fellow carny. She wants to be a doctor and possibly even a veterinarian.
Shiesha in real life…
Shiesha with her boys
Once an elementary school classmate of the author’s, Shiesha is now a 32 year old, proud, mother of 2 boys aged 11 & 5, “which are my life”. She currently resides in the same city with which the carnies visited in Florida, unlike the fictional character, Shiesha was born and raised in Delray Beach.
- The street, Reigle Avenue, is in the same neighborhood where Shiesha lives.
- The Women’s shelter is real and in her same neighborhood.
- …so are the railroad tracks.
- The actual house that inspired the one the carnies lived in, still stands, currently vacant, just a few streets over from Reigle Avenue.
Why the author chose her name, Shiesha, to represent the character:
The character, in this story, represented a person with determination and humor. No matter what life threw at the fictional, Shiesha, she did not allow it to derail her from what she wanted. Her heart never changed despite everything she suffered and she never lost the ability to enjoy life–even in her darkest moments.
Going places, just like her character
The real Shiesha, as a kid, always laughed and appeared to enjoy the good moments, even if others around her didn’t.
Please Note: The actual events and actions taken by the fictional Shiesha are not true and do not represent the real Shiesha, Heather’s Turn, is a work of fiction.
Other books where her name appears:
- The Tina Richards Series, book two, The Mission.
Here’s two more photos of my grandparents’ donkey. He is a gorgeous guy! But, he will nip at you if given the opportunity. I didn’t stand too close. ;o)
My sister Marsha with the Donkey who inspired “Donkey”