Run Girl Run Even mothers are afraid of monsters.
Ellen Y. Mueller
About the book
Sixteen-year-old Tracie lives in a house divided by fear and a family secret she has yet to discover. Her grandma gives her a hint and the tools to unearth the past. Are the clues the answer to her prayers? If so, she’ll take her younger brother and split. Her dream can’t come true quick enough.
One night, when her dad is in one of his violent rages, opportunity pounds on Tracie’s door. A male friend offers her an escape. But there’s a catch. She can’t sneak her brother out with her parents watching, and her dad demands her friend leave immediately. On a whim, she goes, too. After all, he just wants to keep her safe and swears to have her best interest at heart.
Caught in a current of lies and deception, Tracie’s swept farther from home than she ever expects. She can’t trust anyone, not even her mother. Exposing the secret may save Tracie and her little brother, but at what cost?
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Cal raked his fingers through his long hair. “Are you moving back in here? Your dad is a maniac.”
“You heard him. I don’t have a choice. Debby will have her baby in a couple weeks, and I have nowhere to go.”
“You can live with me. My place is small, but we could make it work.”
I didn’t know him well. What if we didn’t get along after I went with him? Besides, Dad would call the law on us.
The door rattled, and my heart thumped when it flew open.
“You know boys aren’t allowed in here,” Dad said.
“Dad, we’re just talking —”
“Shut your mouth, or I’ll shut it for you.” His posture stiffened, and he had the ‘don’t test me look,’ in his eye.
We had to get out of here. Dad blocked the exit. Rather than challenging him, I stayed put. I could hear Cal breathing. He was no match for my father.
Dad glared at both of us. “Cal it’s time to say goodbye.” He stomped away.
I exhaled. It was safer with Cal here. Any other time, Dad would’ve stripped off his belt and whipped me. There was a five-minute window for Cal to leave before Dad threw him out and go after me next.
“He’s crazy. Come with me.” Cal sat on the bed’s edge, one legdangling ready to stand.
Inspiration for writing Run Girl Run
The inspiration for Run Girl Run came from wanting to give hope to teens living in fear. Domestic abuse is America’s dirty little secret. Not long ago, no one talked about it. Beatings were a common family affair. Bruises went unchecked, and neighbors, teachers and relatives ignored or shamed the victims.
My coming-of-age book gives an intimate view of strained family dynamics from a sixteen-year-old girl’s perspective. The main character flees her situation, but she longs for a deep family connection we all need. Along the way, secrets unfold. I’ve always been a fan of these kind of tales, so I invented one that I think readers will enjoy.
Despite the serious plot, the readers will discover many lighter moments on their reading journey. And the story ends on a hopeful note.
Ellen Y. Mueller is an American writer who was raised in the midwest
during a time when kids didn’t have the distraction of cable television
or electronic games. As a child, she read hundreds of books. That
hasn’t changed as she aged. Her bookshelves are overflowing with
stories from every genre as well as nonfiction books.
After high school, she worked her way through college and was an
active member of the USAF. During her time with the military, she
trained as a medic which inspired her to follow her dreams to become
From the time she was a child, she enjoyed books and wrote stories. Now she writes for both teens and adults. Her young adult, contemporary, suspense novel, Run Girl Run, is under contract with The Wild Rose Press and is scheduled for release 14 December,2022.
When she’s not writing, she reads, enjoys guitar music, and helps other writers who dream of seeing their books in print. She’s been a member of the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s critique group, and
Arkansas Ridge Writers for several years. She has made her home in Arkansas with her husband, four cats and two dogs.
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