Meet Elena & Liam


In addition to Suzie & Jack, who I introduced as the main human characters of my novel-in-progress last week (here’s a link to that post: Meet Suzie & Jack), there are two other children. These two children are also a brother and sister, and readers will meet them in the jungle of The Tiger Kingdom. Their names are Elena & Liam. Here are their poems.


She stood by the castle door, still as its stone

small, thin – with porcelain skin, clear eyes like water

hair light and long hanging down her back

dressed in a flowing gown of white, she glowed

against the harsh, brilliant light of the sun.

She was so tiny I wondered

how she didn’t just fade away

her eyes shined with sad tears

flicking briefly to my own

she seemed to almost smile, speak

then the great beast took her hand in his paw

and she looked away without speaking

letting him guide her

inside the castle walls.


He scans, searches through dense leaves

skin dry and hot with heat

wipes his brow thick with sweat

Eyes sharp, dark and narrow

ears pricked to hear and interpret sounds

a myriad in this jungle

He knows he must protect her

he must find them a way back

to their home, their mother and father

He sees her now, her smiling eyes

deep, throaty laugh and hair bright as the sun.

He resembles his father, with almond eyes

tanned skin, hair dark as night.

Blinking away the image, he focuses on the task at hand

smells fear in the air, knowing his prey is near

and a storm hangs in low clouds

soon the stillness changing

to a forest full of motion

his long limbs flying through endless trees

his boots wet, heart squeezed in his chest with longing

hungry for home, for love –

for the family he left behind.

Copyright August 7 2016 Stacie Eirich 

Elena and Liam figure prominently in the adventures of The Tiger Kingdom, and I chose names that reflect their natures and significance to the story. Elena, of Spanish, Greek & Hebrew origins — means the bright one, shining light, torch, chosen. Liam, of Irish origin — means strong-willed warrior.

Meet Suzie & Jack

Meet Suzie & Jack

Meet Suzie & Jack, a sister and brother who go on an unforgettable, magical adventure together. Continuing in the use of poetry as character sketching for my novel-in-progress – here is their poem.

Suzie and Jack

Born on a snowy December night, the girl

eight minutes older than the boy

to a mother who sewed clothes and told stories

fixed them eggs and always baked them

their favorite angel food cake with cherries

for their birthday.

Their father laughed and smiled, leaving for work

every morning at the train station

his cap on his head, a sack lunch and

a kiss before he left.

The girl rushed to get her drawing pencils

her notepad tucked into her school bag

she chewed her nails as she waited

for her brother to walk to the bus

her hair neatly tied with two blue ribbons

her shoes laced and buttons done.

He lost his glasses, he’d make her late again

she rushed to help him find them, throwing the breakfast dishes

in the sink, apologizing to Mama, running up the stairs

feeling as if the weight of the world

were always on her shoulders, worrying she’d miss a question

on her spelling exam at school.

Copyright July 28, 2016 Stacie Eirich

Suzie & Jack are based on real people of the same names– my mother and her twin brother. While it is exciting to write characters based on people you love, it is also a nervous process because I want to reflect them as truthfully as possible. I hope I have written them true to how they were as children, their feelings and love they had for each other and the world around them. Their wild adventure in my story is the making of my own imagination, but I do hope it will bring them smiles when they read it. And to all my readers — a sense of wonder and fantastical dreams.

*Note* The above sketch is one I found in a google search (the origins of which I’m unsure), that I will not be using in the novel – I am hoping to have drawings of the real-life Suzie & Jack to include in it. But the above one does capture the style I like and envision.