Ten years ago, unable to figure out what to give my girlfriend for Christmas, I finally decided to write a short story. I’d never written fiction before and found I liked it. She read it to her husband, Frank Peretti. Frank is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of ACFW’s Lifetime Achievement award. I guess Frank saw potential in my scruffy efforts. He offered to “teach me to fish,” to help me learn how to write. He and his wife, Barb, patiently guided me through the years it took me to try to master the craft. It paid off. This, my debut novel, landed me agent Terry Burns (Hartline) who signed me the day he read the manuscript, and the book was sold at auction on a three book deal.
If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
How funny! I’m already an artist. Author of five art books.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I once entered my cabbage in the county fair. Hey, I took second place……………………
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I live on the 685 acre ranch in the mountains of Idaho where I grew up. I love the beauty of the location and the neighbors (deer, elk, moose, bear, wild turkeys, bald eagles).
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
We had horses and a dog kennel where we raised Great Pyrenees. Two wonderful memories:
Hanging around the house on a Saturday meant chores, so I’d sneak out in my pajamas, grab a bridle, find the horses, and go horseback riding all day.
Mom and I spent many weekends with a van full of dogs going to dog shows. I was a fierce junior showmanship competitor.
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
I placed my character, Gwen Marcey, in the fictional town of Copper Creek, Montana. It’s basically Hamilton, with the look of Darby. I have to say I worked a triple homicide there…. Hmmmmm, not exactly inspired…………..
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
There’s the theme I start with, and the theme God wants me to have. I’m learning to just let go and let God tell me what He wants.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I sign my drawing/art books Phil. 4:8. It’s how I think of my life and my art.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
While going through cancer, I held on to Hebrews 12:1, especially the last line:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I would guess August of 2015
(Working Title)The Jezebel Consequences
A forensic artist stumbles upon the killing grounds of a serial killer.
In the spring of present day Copper Creek, Montana, forensic artist Gwen Marcy is ready to reclaim her life and career after fighting breast cancer and a bitter divorce. The biggest crime problem is the wolf pack slaughtering local livestock. Then her dog retrieves a human skull. She
soon discovers the dump site of a serial killer, and finds his last victim, Mattie Banks, barely clinging to life. Using her forensic art skills, Gwen sketches and reconstructs the victims, but she has a horrifying discovery. All the victims have a striking resemblance to Gwen's fourteen-year-old daughter. And it’s not just coincidence. Gwen’s stirred up a hornet’s nest when her past forensic work identified members of the shadowy Phineas Priesthood movement.
When Mattie and her daughter disappear, Gwen is in a race against time to save them. But she doesn't know if the killer has them, or the wolf pack.
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Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.
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