I remember when I first self-published CHLOE in December of 2019, I was so nervous! I had written it over and over again for the past couple of years, each time deleting it and blank canvasing it all over again. It wasn’t until November of 2019 that I decided that I was just going to get it done!
The hurdle of writing my first book was very daunting! What if no one liked it? what if no one bought it? So many doubts along the way but some how I was able to set my worries aside and begin writing the story of CHLOE and seeing it to it’s end.
This is an entirely fiction story. CHLOE is a story about a four year old child in the Foster System. She is classified as an Other, meaning she is considered less than because she is a Shifter. A Shifter is a human that has a DNA Variant that gives them the ability to shape shift from their human form to their animal form. Chloe is called an Other because her origins are unknown and she has the DNA Variant present in her blood. The Foster System was over crowded so they began to compare children’s DNA to those in the DNA Ancestry type data bases. A match is found for Chloe. This is how Sadie meets Chloe and adopts her. This book is about Sadie and her family’s relationship with Chloe. They bond and then the unthinkable happens, Chloe is kidnapped. With the tensions between the humans and the various Shifter Communities being a major focal point in their town, will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to rescue a little girl?
CHLOE comes with a few social ideas I wanted people to think about. So many children are in the State Foster Care System, are longing to be wanted by someone. In some cases, children in the system are not adoptable for one reason or another. However, there are many that are adoptable, hoping for a family of their own. For many children, they age out of the Foster Care System, never having the opportunity of being adopted.
What does being adopted mean to a Foster Kid? It means that you no longer carry your belongings around in trash bags from place to place. It means no longer worrying about where the system will put you next. It means you no longer have to change schools just because your foster home location changed. It means you’ll have a family like your classmates do. No more feeling different. No more feeling like you are less than someone else. But more importantly, it means that they are wanted. That they are loved and safe with a family that chose them.
I realize the stigma these children wear, they get labeled because they are simply in the system. Most of them come from abusive homes. They may even have some behavioral issues. But these children were in situations out of their control and the fear, the pain, the hopelessness, the sadness they lived through should not be held against them. Of course they will act out but they should be allowed the time to grieve, the time to feel safe again and the time to learn what it’s like to be loved and wanted.
I hope that those of you who are out there reading this will consider becoming involved in your State’s Foster Adopt Program. That even if you are not in a place to be able to adopt a child that you will let your friends and families know who may be interested in adoption. So, many children need adoptive family homes, so many hope to be chosen someday and never are….the wounds they wear, the tears they’ve cried, the hurts they’ve survived they carry into adulthood never really feeling like they belong anywhere. But you can make a difference in a child’s life if you choose to.
If any of you are interested in reading my book called CHLOE, you can find the book and the nook book online at barnesandnoble.com If you have Kindle or other ebook readers, you can find my book in various ebook formats on walmart.com and on smashwords.com My book is difficult to find due to the volume of books on these websites, but just put in “CHLOE by Brianna Kenzie” in the search area and my book will pop right up. I’d be very interested in knowing what you think of my book CHLOE. Just be gentle, it is my first book.