Kevin Aldrich joins us with his story, "Everything in its Place" for the anthology...
The image, of course, is what arrested and inspired me. The cause is what motivated me to write. I'm inspired by people who are able to overcome the conditions (internal and/or external) in which they find themselves. The strength of the girl in the story astounded me, so I wanted to write about her.
What makes this cause important to you?
I am a father of two: a ten-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy. To think of them being abused makes me want to learn how to shoot a gun. Also, I experienced abuse as a child (not parental, not recurring, and fairly mild, but abuse, nonetheless), and I know many people who have also experienced abuse as children, in some cases in gut-wrenching fashion. To hear their stories infuriates me, makes me sick, makes me lose hope, and also, when seeing them now, inspires me and restores my faith in the human spirit. All of this makes this cause very important to me.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where to find more of your writing.
I live in Reno, NV with my wife and two kids (and two cats and a dog). I've been writing fiction for several decades, off and on, but am just starting to publish new work in eBook format. You can find my blog, which contains flash fiction stories and other writings, at http://www.kevinrobertaldrich.com. You can find my eBook (soon to be plural) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBookstore, and anywhere else that fine eBooks are sold.