When everything she knows is ripped away…
After coming to terms with the loss of her mother at a young age, Lola’s biggest struggle has been keeping the peace with a stepmother who doesn’t seem to get Lola for who she really is. Thankfully, Lola has her sister Bonnie (who she sometimes gets along with — that’s normal, right?), her best friend Sophia, and her doting father to support her while her love of the outdoors, flowers, and stars tend to ease her through.
Overall, Lola is a pretty ordinary girl living a fairly ordinary life, even with the occasional annoyance of being told to do something she doesn’t want to do. She goes to school. She does her chores. She does all the things that a normal kid her age would do, until everything is turned upside down! What does a girl do when everything she knows is ripped away? The people she counts on, the safety of her home, the truth that she’s always known, all suddenly torn from her grasp!
Makenzie R. Casseday’s debut novel is a suspense-filled adventure of loss and discovery for young readers. Robbery, abduction, lies, and even murder ensue as Lola sorts through the mystery of whom she can trust, makes peace with the truth of her past, and decides to move forward focusing on what is available to her now.
Targeted Age Group:: 12 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I just had an idea of this character, Lola, and felt inspired to explore her story! I wasn't really sure I'd be able to write a book, but once I started, the story just came to me! I am currently 18 years old and I have always liked to write and create since I was little, but never attempted to write a novel before. It is opening new possibilities for me to explore having done it!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I based my characters on the understanding I have of people I've encountered in my life as well as the understanding I have of myself.
Outside, I see the dark of night and the only lights are the back-porch light and the bright moon looking down on me. The only sounds are an owl hooting and the crickets chirping. Then I notice the moonlight hitting the edge of the coffin. It’s still here from when Veronica was in it underground.
People must think we’re strange having a coffin in our backyard. Others have no idea what has happened recently to our family. Good thing we don’t have any neighbors! I’d hate to think what would go through their minds.
I have a sudden thought, That would be a good place for me to sit and eat my sandwich while looking back at the moon! I’m not going to close it, that would be crazy. I head over to the coffin and crisscross my legs inside. I take my first bite of my sandwich and listen to the calming sounds of nature around me. After I finish my sandwich for some reason, I lie back in the coffin. I rest my head on the soft pillow and look back at the stars and the moon above, sparkling at me. Before I realize it, I’m slowly closing my eyes.
A funny, creative, and caring young woman with a passion for writing and big dreams ahead, Makenzie R. Casseday is thrilled to be publishing her first novel and hopes that you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it! She lives with her family, pet turtle, and mini dachshund in Southern York County, Pennsylvania.
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