*Listed as a “Best Books” for kids selection by The Grateful American Foundation.
Growing up with a Creole best friend, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell held little regard for the Jim Crow laws and the consequences of befriending those of a different color. But once she leaves the haven of her home on Dauphin Island, the reality of racial intolerance can no longer be ignored. Though she’s underage, Claire makes the bold decision to serve alongside Loretta, her best friend, in the “colored camp” hospital tents during the Spanish-American War, but her idealistic attitude and choice of working location immediately puts her in danger.
Claire gives her heart to a soldier in the camp, only to find herself caught in the racial violence besieging the area. When the intolerant attitudes and stigma follow her home, she clings to her faith to navigate through her social isolation and find the path she was meant to travel.
The young adult historical novel was available in e-format on December 8, 2015 and published in paperback on January 5, 2016 by the Surge Imprint of Anaiah Press.
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Fifteen-year-old Mary Lou Weber is suffocating in her sister’s shadow. Though she struggles to break into the light and claim her own identity—and the attention of the cutest guy in school—something always seems to pull her right back down into the role of Barbara’s little sister.
Down the street lives seventeen-year-old Ben Thomas, a lonely introvert who is captive by a sensory condition that makes it nearly impossible for him to stand in sunlight, much less talk to people whom he thinks could never understand his difficulties.
A new year kindles the friendship between a guy who pushes away a world and the girl who’s striving to find her place in it. Can the relationship help Mary and Ben find balance in a world that frequently seems too much to handle?
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Carrie’s short story, “Of Goats and Gators”, is featured in the Mobile Writers’ Guild anthology Pieces: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems. This short is what inspired the characters in Fortitude. Be sure to check out this eclectic mix of writing from the diverse members and friends of Mobile Writers’ Guild.