I had the chance to speak with Billy, Lorianna's son in the story. He's a sweet, well behaved boy who is older than his years.
Hi Billy. I'm happy you decided to chat with me today. Tell me, how old are you now?
I'm seven. Are you going to talk to mama, too?
Yes, I'll be talking to your mother, too. Are you comfortable so we can talk now?
Oh yes ma'am. I'm ready.
You and your mother only recently moved back to Kilmservy Village. How do you like living there?
I like it a whole lot. I get to see my Granny and Grandpa any time I want to. Mama likes living here too. But she is awfully nervous sometimes.
It's nice that you get to see your grandparents whenever you like. Why do you say your mama is nervous sometimes?
Yeah, I like that best of all! I don't know, she just is sometimes. She didn't used to be when we lived in the city. Did you know I get to help Ray in his greenhouses when we go visit him and Miss Charlotte?
No, I didn't know that. It sounds like fun?
Oh, it's lots of fun. He teaches me about all the plants he grows in there. He even let me pick one out for Mama's birthday. You know Miss Charlotte is having a baby?
Ray sounds like a nice person. No, I didn't know that Charlotte is having a baby. That's exciting news.
It really is! I'm going to help them out when the baby comes. Mama said I can.
That's very grown up of you. Tell me, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I like to play with my cars and help Grandpa work in the yard. Oh, oh! Me and Mama painted our house. She let me paint my room with stars and stuff. There's even a rocket ship. Isn't that cool?
That sounds cool to me. Are there other things you like to do here that you couldn't do in the city?
Yes! Mr. Gabe and Ray are going to take me camping and hunting. They said I'm big enough to chase the dogs on the mountain. I don't really know why I have to chase dogs, but they said that's what we'll be doing when we go.
That does sound interesting? What will you be hunting?
Raccoons. They have big red dogs that sniff out the raccoons and chase them up trees and then they stand up on the tree and howl at them. I think Mr. Gabe calls it baying or something weird like that.
How do you like the school here?
Mama gives me lessons at home. I like it lots. She says I can probably go to public school with the other kids next year if I want to.
Do you think you will choose to go to public school?
I don't know. I might so I can play baseball and stuff like that.
That sounds like a good enough reason, I suppose. It's been nice talking to you, Billy. Is there anything else you'd like to tell me about your new life in the village?
Um. No ma'am.
Okay. Thank you for chatting with me.
You're welcome. I'm going to go play outside now. Bye
About the Book
Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy Village's most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.
Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they've learned at home.
Some say it's in the blood; that evil passes from generation to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true. Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it's true that evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.
Jim's wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her husband's crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her escape plan as Jim's actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour. Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too long?
Nadia Kilrick is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life's journey than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It's there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.
Nadia has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family, self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time. Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write. When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime, mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.
Nadia is pleased to announce her debut short story, “Ziggy Returns: A Short Tale”, was published by Master Koda Select Publishing in August 2013. Kilrick’s “Rough Hewn: People of Kilmservy Village”, the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, was released in September 2013. All titles are available at Amazon.com.
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