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What does it mean to be called an author?
There are moments in our lives that we remember exactly where we are and what we were doing when . . . and fill in the blank. Those moments happened for me several times when learning that what seemed like a pipedream was going to become a dream-come-true. I was going to become an author. First as a non-fiction author/illustrator of a drawing book with a phone call from North Light Publishers. The second was to be offered a contract for the three-book novel deal from Thomas Nelson. The first time I was in my basement office. I screamed so loud that a guest talking to my husband upstairs threw his coffee all over the table. The second time I was in the living room and just cried.
Which book are we talking about today?
I’m thrilled to talk about Fallout today.
Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters?
After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary school art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.
But when an SUV crashes into the building where she teaches, her entire world is upended. Samantha manages to keep the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—with her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.
After authorities discover that the driver in the accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her constantly looking over her shoulder.
Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting connections she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can’t be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.
What inspired the idea for your book?
I was at a brainstorming session with several of my writing friends (Colleen Coble, Robin Carol, Lynette Eason among others) when they suggested I write a series NOT from the standpoint of the agency that solves the case, but the victim or witness impacted by the case. Once I started thinking about this idea, I got to thinking about “what if…” What if there was a private retreat to help first responders—firefighters, law enforcement, and others suffering from PTSD? What if they were sent out on cases after going through the treatment? The first two books in this three-book series were Relative Silence and Woman in Shadow. By the final book I wanted to take the reader to the facility, Clan Firinn.
What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
I had to have a location for Clan Firinn (Scottish Gaelic for Family of Truth.) I wanted it to be someplace where nothing ever happened—a quiet farming community and hopefully near enough to where we lived so I could physically research the book. I literally closed my eyes and jabbed my finger onto an Eastern Washington map. I ended up with my finger on LaCrosse. Perfect. The interstate road didn’t even pass through the town. You had to WANT to go there. I mentioned it to my little brother, who’d married a woman from the farming community of Harrington, WA.
He said, “You know our grandmother was born there.”
I was stunned. I had no idea. He went on to say that we still had family living in the area. A quick bit of family research showed our great-great grandfather had moved to LaCrosse in a covered wagon. Our great grandfather later moved his young family to southeastern Idaho, along with our then four-year-old grandmother. I called what turned out to be my third cousin once removed family still living there. Small world!
Once I’d chosen the location, I HAD to include the background of the Hanford Nuclear works.
How do you interact with your readers?
I love hearing from readers and answer every email. I hear about what they thought of my books (and hopefully all good!) or their own writing experience, or their questions about the story, or their interest in forensics, etc.
Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?
My “day job” is forensic art—I work in the field as well as teach forensic art across the country. I’m also a fine artist and create watercolors and pencil drawings.
In case the reader can’t figure out from my writings, I’m also a dog lover. My parents began a Great Pyrenees kennel in the late 1950s. I currently serve on the board of directors of the Great Pyrenees Club of America and am an AKC judge.
I hope my readers, both new and returning, enjoy this book. Like all of my previous titles, I loved writing it. Blessings.
by Carrie Stuart Parks
September 12 – October 7, 2022
Virtual Book Tour
Her carefully crafted life is about to be demolished.
After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.
But when an SUV crashes into the school where she teaches, her entire world is upended. She manages to keep all of the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.
After authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her looking over her shoulder.
Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting maze she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can’t be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.
Praise for Fallout:
“An intriguing story based on events around a part of Washington. Tight timeline with tons of action. Twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and guessing. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who want a whisper of romance included with the mystery.”
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 13th 2022
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0785239855 (ISBN13: 9780785239857)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Goodreads
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Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy, multiple Carol, and Inspy Award–winning author. She was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.
Catch Up With Carrie Stuart Parks:
BookBub – @CarrieStuartParks
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Facebook – @CarrieStuartParksAuthor
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