Meltdown avoided. Barely.
When I decided to publish the online read Free, a Novella, I thought compile, edit, publish, right?
Obviously I’d hit my head… or watched far too many episodes of Chuggington with my two-year-old grand-nephew, Jordan.
Who knew a tiny 20K novella could be as daunting to edit as a 100K novel?
I did not.
Fortunately, the worst is over. *Looking for a piece of wood to knock on.* Now I just need to clean it up and ship it off to my editor. *And pray.*
This read will be published! Maybe not as soon as sooner, but definitely not any later than later. See what I did there?
As promised, there will also be another installment posted here-and yes, it will be before the book is published! *I heard you mumbling over there.*
Gotta love Mondays!
In The Best Interest of the Child spans nearly thirty years in the life of Olivia ‘Livvie’ Chandler.
As a ten-year-old, Olivia has the perfect little girl’s life: a school she loves, good friends, a nice home, a talented mom, and a successful father she adores. Tragedy rips all of this away from her, and plunges Olivia into the foster care system, where for eight years she is neglected, humiliated, abused, and nearly raped.
Fate smiles on Olivia shortly before she ages out of the system, allowing her the means to attend college and law school.
Years later, Olivia is a successful child advocate attorney, giving a voice to children who are so easily ignored by those claiming to act in their best interest. She has little time for personal relationships, and her lifelong fear of abandonment reminds her never to get too close to anyone.
The successful attorney stumbles though, when she’s assigned a case by the court that too closely mirrors her own haunted childhood. Olivia never gives her minor clients less than her all, and the only way she can help her eleven-year-old client is to face down and acknowledge her demons. This same case also brings a man into her life who sees her for who she truly is, and will not allow Olivia to push him away.
Watch for updates as I get closer to publishing. You’ll meet the characters, learn some of their quirks and read excerpts from this story of forgiveness, renewal, and love.