Tuesday, November 26, 2019

#102 Inside the Emotion of Fiction: "Ed On My Shoulder: Maria & The Candy Trail" by T.L. Moore

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****T.L. Moore’s ’s Ed On My Shoulder: Maria & The Candy Trail is #102 in the never-ending series called INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION where the Chris Rice Cooper Blog (CRC) focuses on one specific excerpt from a fiction genre and how that fiction writer wrote that specific excerpt.  All INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION links are at the end of this piece. 

Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date?
Yes. The educational publisher WWW.EDUPUBLISHER.COM

Where did you do most of your writing for this fiction work? And please describe in detail. Home 

What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day?Need silence when I write and I worked on a computer and I love my vanilla/caramel latte. Anytime night or day that I have silence 

What is the summary of this specific fiction work? All my books are Christian based...."Ed on my shoulder" is about a redheaded angel sent by God to help children around the world handle hard times in their lives. He is a really cute character with his missing front tooth and his untied tennis shoes.

Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? Ed the redheaded angel is back on a brand-new adventure to share with all of you. There will be lots of giggles, smiles, and lessons to be learned along the way.
Ed with his freckled face, spaced smile swoops down from Heaven above to share with the world God's wisdom and love.
Ed meets a sad little girl named Maria and takes her on an adventure to a house made of candy and overflowing with love. He helps her see just how beautiful she is and how much Jesus loves her.
So buckle up your seat belt and get ready to soar like an eagle, eat lots and lots of candy and share many smiles.
Ed is an angel like no other in the whole-wide-world. He is here with the love of Jesus to share with each boy and girl.

Please include just one excerpt and include page numbers as reference. This one excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. Page 106

The tree had a large set of eyes on his trunk and a big smiling face. “I can talk here, Maria. This is your special place and you can do anything you want to,” The tree said.
“Wow, a talking tree.” Maria looked up at Ed. “This place is neat, Ed!”
“Yes, it is and I love it, Maria! Fly, Maria, fly!” Ed shouted as he laughed.
Maria put her arms out to her side and she smiled really big as she looked up at Ed. “I am flying! Look at me, Ed! I am flying!” She giggled.
“Yes you are! It is awesome to fly!” Ed grinned.
Maria felt her feet leave the grassy ground and she slowly started floating upwards to Ed.
“Look at you fly, Maria! Wow, look at you!” Ed shouted.
“I am flying, Ed!” Maria shouted. She floated right up to Ed with a big smile upon her face.
Ed stood up on the large branch of the tree and held his arms out really wide out to his side. “Hold your arms out like this, Maria.”
“Okay, now I am a bird! Tweet, tweet,” Maria said as she giggled.
Ed jumped off the branch and he started to soar way up high into the air. Maria looked up at him and smiled big.
“Wow Ed! That is so cool and I want to do that too!” Maria said.
“Follow me, Maria!” Ed looked down at her.
Maria gasped for air as she felt herself floating higher and higher until she got as high as Ed was. “Wow! Look at us, Ed. How are we flying, Ed? We have no wings and I know you have wings because you are an—
Ed interrupted her as he said, “Lay on your belly, Maria!” Ed rose even higher into the sky.
Maria giggled when she laid on her belly and the summer breeze tickled her as she started to fly through the sky. “I wish my mother and Father could see me fly like a bird! Weee!”
Ed and Maria flew through the bright colored clouds as they laughed and giggled. A little blue bird flew up right beside Maria and he flapped its little wings really fast to keep up with her.
“Good morning, little birdie,” Maria said as she smiled.
“Good morning, Maria,” The little bird said in it’s soft voice.
The little bird smiled and flew away into the clouds as Maria waved goodbye.
“Maria, look at me!” Ed shouted as he dived straight down into a big white fluffy cloud.
Maria laughed and flew even faster than before. She followed Ed right through the big cloud.
“This is so, so fun! I am flying like a bird! I love this so much and you are the bestest friend ever, Ed!” Maria flew right behind him.
“You are my bestest, best friend, Maria!” Ed shouted as he glanced back at her.
Maria laughed, slowed down and looked over at the big round yellow sun. Everything Maria saw looked like a cartoon in bright colors. The sun smiled and winked at her and Maria smiled and waved at the sun. “Wow, and the sun is alive too. That is so cool!”
“Maria, how do you like flying?” Ed flew in a wide circle and came back around and got right beside her.
“I love it a lot, Ed!” She looked down and saw her house. “Look at my house. It is so small!” Maria laughed.
“Yeah, your house looks like an ant!” Ed grinned.
Maria laughed, stretched out her hand and took a hold of Ed’s hand.
“The clouds look like big marshmallows, Ed! They are so pretty!”
Ed looked over at Maria and smiled when he saw the excitement and joy that were on her little face. “I am so glad we are friends, Maria.”
“I am glad we are friends too, Ed. I really love you so much,” Maria said as she looked over at him.
“I love you too, Maria,” Ed said and he smiled.

Why is this excerpt so emotional for you as a writer to write? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? All the "Ed on my shoulder" books are so close to my heart. These books are for children of all ages. The character of Ed takes the children on adventures and he teaches them about the love of Jesus Christ. There's music that goes along with these books for the kids. 

Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? And can you please include a photo of your marked up rough drafts of this excerpt. Oh yes! lol I am the typo queen... however, it has been so long it would take me forever to find what you are asking for. These books flow pretty easy for me. I so love doing these books for the children.

Other works you have published? Dimes From Heaven: A Christmas Story of Love, Faith and Hope, Notes to Ian, The Spy And The Brat, The Torn Veil Between Us And Them: A Supernatural Journey Through The Eyes of a Christian, Pages of Deception, Ed On My Shoulder: The Boy With No Friends, Ed On My Shoulder: Shelly What's Your Secret. 

Anything you would like to add? I love writing. I have since I was a child and it always has been a part of me. I started writing in 2005 and up till around 2012 when I had to stop because my life fell apart. Went through a divorce, then lost my home and drifted for years with nothing but my faith in the good Lord above. We finally got an apartment in 2018 which was a blessing. My son setup his computer and told me to get to writing again. He said I needed it and he was right. All those years of stress the writing was in the back of my mind and in my heart it is such a part of me. 

T.L. Moore 
was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Pasadena Texas in 1973. She is the mother of three amazing children.  She loves writing, history, classic TV, angels, 80's music, Elvis, Patsy Cline and animals. 


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