"IGNITION" is about a first year teacher.
Karen Woolsworth who was given (in her mind) an excellent opportunity to work in a school and educate the young minds of today. However, little did she know that teaching led to her nightmare rather than her paradise. One troubled student, Kevin Connelly, becomes part of her obsession that she cannot focus on anything else. A teen that has a disturbing past. Kevin is a representation of the typical student that educators face every day around the world. Karen is left feeling alone in the world and fearing for her life with no support from administrators. Ms. Crowe, the Assistant Principal, is a woman who follows Karen's every move like a bird. Instead of a dove she becomes a vulture who eats away at the mental psyche and emotional stamina of Karen's well-being.
The only salvation in this pool of chaos is Billy, her husband. However, he has difficulty relating and understanding the educational dilemmas which Karen faces. The constant struggles that Karen encounters to balance her life as a teacher and wife weigh her down daily.
This book is a rollercoaster filled with emotional ups and downs until the ride ends.
This novella is unique for its alternate endings and you get to choose exactly how Karen's ride ends.
When I begin my novel, I never know what or who is going to enter into my imaginary world. I love writing and have never pre-determined the characters within my novel. However, I generally make my mind up about my main character; his or her name, where she/he is from, what their personality is like, etc. When I started Ignition: An Educator’s Journey, I pretty much knew my main character was Karen Woolsworth. I wanted her to have a husband, Billy and an assistant principal, Ms. Crowe. I also wanted her to have a stressful, challenging student, Kevin Connelly. However, all my other characters started to slowly come to life. I think it must be difficult to map out all the characters when writing either a novel or a novella. For me, I never know what is going to happen next. I think that is why I enjoy writing so much. I love to have the power to help characters come to life and when I am truly able to envision them, I know I have done my job. I only hope that my readers understand and have a certain emotion for my characters. I am currently writing Part 2 to Ignition: An Educator’s Journey. I am not even sure as to what the title will be. I do have two to three characters set in my mind. However, I have no idea whom I am going to add into the Charles Dickens School. I am not sure which new characters will join the treacherous world of teaching. I look forward to creating new lives; new characters that I hope my readers will be interested in learning more about.
About the author:
My name is Michelle Arrose. I am currently a teacher. I enjoy writing and completed a short-novel titled, "IGNITION" Throughout my entire life I have always felt inspired to write. I also am a strong believer in being a teacher advocate. If my novella could help educate people as to the hardships educators face today, then I would be extremely elated. This is my first novella and hope you enjoy it. I also set up a blog. Feel free to follow me as I continue to write many more literary works.