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…
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.
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.