Born in Oakland, Calif. and now residing in Washington D.C., Elton Loud always had an interest in the history and progression of his neighborhood.
After becoming a lawyer and representing various musicians and independent artists, Loud could not ignore his desire for storytelling.
It was about four years ago when Loud realized it was time to review the log of ideas he kept and transform it into a novel.
“Little Girls: A Short Story Novella,” is a book of short stories written by Loud that explore the world of teen and pre-teen sex workers in the Bay area.
The short stories are a compilation of stories deriving from his novel “Little Girls,” which will be released in September.
“Little Girls: A Short Story Novella,” takes the reader through the life, struggles and perspectives of all individuals involved in sex trade.
Broken into six chapters, the stories reflect themes of race, society and history.
Growing up, Loud always heard stories of young girls being put out on the streets for prostitution.
Hearing and seeing this go on in his neighborhood, he was interested in discovering “why?” Meeting different people in college and learning of their past of sexual abuse, his interest piqued even further.
Loud began to research underage prostitution and often found correlations between what happened in their households. He was then interested of learning the “back story.”
“I wondered what are the back stories to get people to where they are,” he said. “I didn’t want to write a narrative cautionary tale on having sex with young girls—I wanted to write a real complete narrative that told the full story of the people involved.”
Loud felt it was important to follow what was in his heart even if it didn’t directly relate to his career. He would encourage anyone to embark on something weighing on his or her heart.
“Whatever career you’re in, it would be well worth it for you to give it a try,” he said. “I practiced law and it’s what I was trained to do, but I always felt most comfortable writing.”
When Loud decided he would take his writing seriously, he began with short stories and then developed his fiction novel.
He conducted a lot of research and took a writing course at the University of Iowa. He wanted his short stories and novel to convey a story that everyone could somehow relate to.
“At the end of the day we are talking about decisions and sacrifice,” he said. “When people read the story I want them to feel the emotions that these characters are feeling.”
In one chapter “11-500,” Loud traces back to the conflict between explorers and the native population in California.
His in-depth research explores the state’s origins, slavery in America and the usage of a fictional family lineage to show a timeline of historic events and how it connects to present day.
“We are not very far from the racial tensions in this country from 40, 50 and 60 years ago,” he said. “It definitely captured moments about racial relationships between racial groups.”
Loud is working on distributing his books to various locations across the country, including a bookstore in Philadelphia. Information on his book is available at www.littlegirlsnovel.com.