The Middle Child — In Forever is Over

Clean Teen ReadsYour Birth Order

Where are you in the birth order in your family?  Eldest? Middle? Baby of the family?

Did you know that birth order has a lot to do with way you act and react, and will affect you for a lifetime? Interesting, right?

Never Felt Like an Older Sister

I was the baby of the family. And yet I had two younger siblings. How does that make any sense? Here’s the scoop. My sister was two (almost three) years older than I was. But when we were seven and nine, our mother married our stepfather. What came next? Two more children.

I was eight when my younger sister was born; I was thirteen when my baby brother was born.

I’d been the baby of the family for eight years, then blamo! Interlopers appeared! LOL  I never did feel like an older sister. I find that both strange and fascinating.

Sibling Dynamics in Plots

Clean Teen ReadsI love using sibling dynamics in my novels. In Forever is Over, Lori Ann is the middle child. Tough spot to be in. There’s older sister, Karla, who can be rather bossy at times. Then there’s younger brother, Blake. She’s stuck with walking him home from school three days a week. Which to her is a pain.

Families Split Apart

In this day and age, siblings sometimes get split apart. That’s what happened to Lori Ann’s friend, Maritza. Her parent are divorced which means she lives with her mother, but her brothers live with their father. This set of circumstances (and the whole divorce mess), causes Maritza to be filled with anger.

No Choice of Family

We may be able to choose our friends, but there’s not much choice when it comes to family members. What’s your family like? How do you relate within your own family unit? Leave me a message. I love to hear from my Clean Teen Reads “family.”Clean Teen Reads

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Pets Star in Forever is Over

Pets play a major role in my novel Forever is Over. Lori Ann’s family has a large cat they call Clean Teen ReadsGitty. In the house behind them—on the other side of the hedgerow– Grady Pendergrass’s family has a dog named Digger.

We had no inside pets in my growing-up home. We were farm people and the animals belonged outdoors. But it seemed even family pets that we did have often just disappeared. (Not real sure about that.) My father had an English setter that was his hunting dog, so I did spend time with him.


Clean Teen ReadsMy daughter, on the other hand, was a born “cat person.” She loved cats from little up. So I made sure she always had cats to love on.

Ki-ki — Means Kitty

Now her daughter (my granddaughter), is cut from the same cloth. She too has loved cats from little up. In fact, one of her first words was “ki-ki” for kitty. And of course, she loved “Hello Kitty.” As a teenager, she’s past that stage, but definitely still loves cats.

This is granddaughter, Elisabeth, in this photo, with Suki. Miss E. is now 14, so this was taken a few years ago.

Gitty’s Important Role

In Forever is Over, Gitty has an important role to play—when it comes to Digger (the cat-chasing dog), then involves Grady (the man with the plan), and then with Lori Ann’s old friend (who has now returned from being away for two years), Maritza.

Here’s an excerpt from the book with Gitty in the starring role:

          Gitty Kitty, the large gold-and-white family cat, was there to greet her. The cat rolled over on her back to get her tummy rubbed. “Hi Gitty, Gitty, watch cat. Did you keep the house safe for the Layton family today?” Lori put her books and the mail on the hall table and knelt down to rub the cat’s fat furry tummy. The luxurious fur was like plush velvet. “Did you keep all the boogie men away? Mm?”

Can’t you just hear the love in Lori Ann’s voice? Yeah, I can too!

Pets in Your Life? 

What part do pets play in your life? In your family? In your home? Would love to hear your comments!

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