Impressive new novel for teens with drama and depth

Voyage Publishing’s first youth novel tells the compelling story of two young men in their daring quest for freedom.

It’s hard to find modern books for teens that are well written, engaging, and filled with good values.But Nautical Press gave us this read of Sarah Robs-Dottier’s new novel brave waterwhich will be released in paperback on September 28, and is available for pre-order online now.

brave water is Voyage Publishing’s first young adult novel, founded by Philip Kosloski in 2018 to create positive, faith-filled entertainment shaped by Catholic values.

With beautiful cover art, the book tells the story of two East African teenagers, Talitha and Moses, who battle a human trafficking gang to save their kidnapped friends. While the subject and subject matter is serious, Rob Dottier manages to share the realities of human struggle and tragedy in a way that respects young readers and inspires hope, love, and courage in anyone who picks up this book.

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This is Rob Dottier’s first novel, and it’s impressive. Her creative, descriptive prose and engaging characters bring stories to life. The best spokespeople, however, may come from the teens themselves: my own 14-year-old twins, engrossed in this story, are waiting every night for the next few chapters. Robsdottir shares with Aleteia how the book was born.

Writing a novel is quite an achievement and this is your first one – what was the hardest part about writing it?

getting Started. I’ve always dreamed of writing novels, but prefer to write short essays for magazines, websites, and blog posts.I had to get out of my comfort zone and do something that would take hours to complete because brave water It took many years of research and completion.

What kind of research do you need to do?

I read all about human trafficking, starting with these DeliverFund accounts. While these stories influenced my book, I was careful to present the harsh reality in a way that would inspire readers without traumatizing them. I also read St. Bakhita’s biography; she was the patron saint of human trafficking survivors, and her story touched me deeply. It also influenced the personalities of several key characters in the book.

In addition, I read many encyclopedias about East African countries and learned about their culture, topography and tribal customs; I also watched documentaries and interviewed many people from East Africa. Many respondents read my manuscript and provided feedback that was thoroughly applied; the last part – the input of actual East African voices – was the most critical factor in creating a book that I am proud of.

This book is aimed at readers ages 13 to adults: what makes this book appealing to both teens and adults?

brave water There’s a lot of heartwarming romance, but no sex. It has some violence, but nothing is unnecessary in order to accurately present the subject of human trafficking; again, nothing is overly frustrating for the average reader. Much of this book is written in my homeschool room, and one of my own personal goals in teaching 4-18 year olds is that my guidance will lead them to innocence — not ignorance.And I am confident brave water is a great example of this ideology; tackling difficult subjects in a subtle way.

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by Sarah Robs Dottier

What do you hope readers will get from this book?

I hope readers’ imaginations will be captured by the stories of heroic, self-sacrificing people in a way that runs through their own lives and into the world. I hope the characters in this book will inspire readers with concrete examples of what it means to be brave in trials, and in everyday life as well.

My family has pledged to donate 25% of my proceeds from this book to charities that help get water and fight human trafficking, so it would be great if readers were inspired to get involved in this type of charitable work too .

How did you conceive and develop your characters?

The biography of St. Bakhita contributed to the development of some characters; she was kidnapped at a young age and suffered so much trauma that she forgot her native language. Also, the book’s heroine, Talyssa, is based on my best college friend of the same name. My friend Talyssa spent most of her life as a missionary abroad. Another heroine in the story, Clara, is based on my mother-in-law—a petite, powerful, elegant woman. In fact, most of the characters in the book are based on someone I once knew.

Did you always know you wanted to write fiction?

I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling, and I have several novels rattling in my head. My father, Rob Evans the doughnut man, was a Christian musician and an excellent storyteller. He is by far the person who has influenced me the most. When my oldest son (who was a bit pessimistic by nature) told me when he was around 12 (he is 18 now), “You’re never going to publish your book; why are you writing it?” I took my book off the shelf A CD from my father. I said, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Rob’s daughter! I can do anything!”

Robs Dottier and her new book brave water Recently appeared on a local news program:

BRCNews13 “Brave Water” Author Gets Success – YouTube

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