She's the brains and brawn behind the book. She's Sam, minus the claws and red shell. Her story was this story's inspiration, and it's nothing short of powerful.
Tonia Allen Gould knows first hand the punches life can throw your way. As a kid, she took on a Great Tidal Wave of her own while growing-up below the poverty line in rural Indiana. As a product of Indiana’s foster care system, Tonia had to fight for her dreams and for her home, just like Sam. Through perseverance and hard work, she succeeded and eventually broke the cycle. She's a mom, a wife and an entrepreneur that believes it's never too late to dream. Now Tonia wants kids to know they can tackle their dreams, no matter what bully, obstacle, or naysayer stands in their way.