The Night She Escaped Twice

My web site has been quiet for a while, because I am plowing through a crucial revision of my novel.
In the meantime, I thought I would share something special with you.
One of my dear writer friends just finished her manuscript. Way to go!
It is an extremely compelling memoir in which the young girl pursues love, belonging, and family while guided by a sovereign hand through almost seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


Excerpt from Sisters of Moirai by Elise Crawford

Unsure of when my next meal would be, I gorged on the party food. While they were away for the night on their honeymoon, assuring Maggie was fast asleep, I crept into the living room and gathered my coat and backpack from behind the couch.

All ready to go, I opened the front door and stepped out onto the porch. It was as dark as a wolf’s mouth and raining. I hesitated, but told myself it was now or never, how it would only get worse, and Mommy needed to learn a lesson.

I pulled the hood of my jacket over my head, tied it underneath my chin, and slipped my arms into my backpack. As I stepped off the last stair, I tripped over a tiny black kitten who appeared from out of nowhere. I scooped it up. It meowed at me plaintively and purred.

Great, now what do I do? I thought, and I tucked him into my coat. Then, we were off to find my dad. I walked fast the half block to the bus stop just in time to catch the last one for the night. I avoided eye contact with the driver and cruised with purpose to the back of the bus and got off at the last stop in Burien. The wind and rain bit at my cheeks as I roamed in search of a pay phone. I saw a light for a grocery store in the distance and made my way towards it. The kitten didn’t stir, he seemed content within the confines of my warm and dry coat.”

You can read more here, and if you like it, let her know by following her on Goodreads or visiting her web page here.


About the Author – Elise Crawford

Although not formally educated as a writer, Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. She also holds several Associate of Arts degrees: one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education, she maintained a membership with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and taught college level English to fellow ESL students. All as a single mother of two children.

Her first book, A Promise Keptwas a partial memoir about becoming a young widow. On June 10, 2018, she finished her complete autobiography, Sisters of Moirai. Elise and her husband, Roberto, reside in western Washington with their cats Lucky and Foxy.

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