Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Gas Stove Scene

When I first moved out on my own, I kept feeling like their was gas leaking from my stove. Maybe there was–or not ;o) I think I was just letting my imagination get away with me. Either way, the thoughts created an excellent addition to my ever growing story, Heather’s Turn… This is the stove that inspired the ‘fire’ caused by Mr. Pritchard.

The tiny gas stove

Mr. Pritchard’s Trailer in Mobile, Alabama


When the Carnies reach Mobile, Alabama, they’re forced to live in a tiny trailer owned by Mr. Pritchard. When you walk in, to the right, is a love seat and lazy boy chair. To the left, a 2 person table and tiny kitchen. Then, past the table, a hallway leading to a bathroom and bedroom. The inspiration behind Mr. Pritchard’s trailer was actually my very first home!!! Here, in the pictures below [minus the bugs–that was an add in ;o) ] you’ll see the resemblance!

The living room. See the love seat? Also, barely, you can see the lazy boy chair under the a/c unit, along with my beach chair since I did live in Florida!

If you’re on the sofa, see the carpet, you have the kitchen, 2 person table and the long narrow hallway that leads to the bathroom and bedroom

Look how small! The door to the right is the living room and to the left the 2 person table where Shi and Charlie do their homework, where family discussions take place, etc.

The Character Heather

In the Story…

Character Description: Heather Williams is an orphaned carny freak who lives at a traveling carnival with a retired clown. When she tries to help a fellow carny, Heather is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, along with some of the other carnies, to live in our world. Heather soon learns, finding a place where she’s accepted–just isn’t easy… 

In Real life…

The real Heather…

Heather is the author’s younger sister. She was raised in Pompano Beach, Florida and is the proud mother of two, a boy and a girl. The real Heather, recently overcame Leukemia and despite the doctors, was blessed with a little boy!

“They told me I couldn’t have a child!”

Heather’s son, Michael, is named after her good friend, who died at a very young age.  Amberlyn, her oldest, is the inspiration for the author’s character Amberlyn, the baby Octaloon, in The Fall of Gadaie Series.

Amberlyn and Michael

Interesting fact:

  • The inspiration for the character’s eyes came from the real Heather.

Why the author chose her name, Heather, to represent the character:

The Character in the story represented a person who, despite all odds, was strong enough to overcome whatever obstacles they faced. The character needed to do this and at the end of the day, still be the same person she was before the bad.


In real life, Heather has done this–just in a different way than the character. She’s overcome cancer, become a mother, and never forgotten who she was, those from her past, and she’s never forgotten about the people she cares about; even giving her son the name of her dearest friend.

Please Note: The actual events and actions taken by the fictional Heather are not true and do not represent the real Heather, Heather’s Turn, is a work of fiction.

Other books where her name appears:

  • The Pit

The Character Mariana

In the Story…

Character Description: Mariana Hernandez is Miguel’s mother. She was Alice’s best friend and lives in a mental institution reliving, day after day, the day she watched Alice die. When she sees her son, a spark comes back into her eyes, gaining the nurse’s attention. Will she overcome her past?

In Real life…

Mariana with her kids at Race for a Cure

Mariana, a childhood friend of the author’s, is a mother of 4 children. She has a 6 yr old daughter named Gisela, a 5 yr old son, Derrick, and 3 yr old twin boys, Jayden and Jonathan.

She loves working as a sonographer and in her free time, Mariana spends time with her family and as a hobby, enjoys running. She loves running and training to beat herself in races. So far, she’s completed 2 half marathons and will start training for her 1st full marathon in the summer. One half marathon she’s raced in was ‘Race for a Cure’.

Interesting fact:

  • In the story, Miguel, is the character’s son. In real life, the real Mariana, has a cousin named Miguel–the very person he is named after…

Why the author chose her name, Mariana, to represent the character:

Running a half marathon

The character, in this story, represented a person with the ability to care for and love family and friends unconditionally–unfortunately, causing great emotional distress for themselves.

Unlike the character, the real Mariana, was born in a large family, where they did and still do many things together–fortunately, causing them great happiness.

Please Note: The actual events and actions taken by the fictional Mariana are not true and do not represent the real Mariana, Heather’s Turn, is a work of fiction.

Other books where her name appears:

  • Tina Richards Series, books 2, 4, 7, 8, The Mission, Payback, Escape & The Experiment.
  • “Don’t Give Up,” Said Mom