“My daughter is feral,” stated Elise Free in an article published on ScaryMommy.com. “Not in the way that she walks on all fours and hissed through infancy… but in the way that she is not like other children.” Free compares her daughter to Mowgli from The Jungle Book. And although the young girl did not grow up in the jungle, Free still says, “There’s something about her, something wild.”
Free is a 38-year-old mother, writer and playwright, whose work has been published on several websites, including The Mighty and Felicity Huffman’s page, What the Flicka? Free also writes for magazines like L.A. Parent, and she won the award for Best Screenplay at the LA Femme International Film Festival in 2017.
As a transplant from Iowa to Los Angeles (and recently back to Iowa), Free and her not-so-feral daughter have had an interesting journey. Free raises Adelaide, also known as Addie, on her own, after going through two divorces. Despite the challenges of single parenthood, however, Free has no complaints. In her writing, she gives a frank and honest telling of her story, and now Addie’s, as the strong female duo navigate through life together.