In this story, 13 year old Ella Rose Abbott is going into a new school and she carries a secret with her as she adjust to this new life amongst her new peers in the world of the hearing. Adjusting to the 9th grade and new people is one thing, but with Ella, her communication and speech skills are far from being normal, which makes it difficult as she goes about trying to fit in and belong when she has a hidden handicap.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What inspired me to write this story is the need of more books for kids, teens and young adults that deal with living and coping with a disability when you are young.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Ella Rose began talking to me while I was creating my notes and first draft. She became real in my mind when her strong personality began to develop and pop out, showing that though she was different and had a hearing problem, she was still human and had feelings, which makes her normal. In this book, you get a chance to see just how normal she is despite her handicap.
Winona Rasheed has a country feel about herself, though she has lived in Washington DC for over 20 years. Her first story was written when she was in junior high school, which was a long time ago. However, her patience and dedication has begun to pay off. Her writing career opened doors and bought about new experiences with this literary journey as well as meeting many fabulous and professional people along the way who inspired her.
Her career path includes that of ghostwriting, content article writing, becoming managing editor with a writers’ website and last but not least….creating her writing and editing business, “Dream Writers’ Essentials.”
She loves blogging, tweeting and promoting her books on Facebook.
For Winona, a day of writing is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, it is uplifting and inspiring. It keeps the mind occupied and her fingers busy as she goes about being creative.
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