Sunday, August 9, 2015

Idaho Author Carrie Stuart Parks

Welcome to the Book Loft, Carrie! Is there a story behind your new release, The Bones Will Speak?

This was the first novel I wrote. When it didn’t sell, I put it on the back burner and wrote A Cry From the Dust. When I went back to this book, enough time had passed that I could see how awful it was. I did a complete re-write. It’s loosely based on my forensic art work with two major cases: the Phineas Priesthood case for the FBI and the Robert Lee Yates serial killing.

Did you have a specific theme in mind as you wrote The Bones Will Speak? Did a theme pop out as you finished the book? Did the theme change?

All my books (okay, all three of them) have several themes and threads running through them. They feature forensic art, some type of religion or belief system, and some Christian or faith message. This book features the Christian Identity movement and forgiveness.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

I love suspense/mystery/thriller.

If your stories are more character driven, what events kick off a change or growth in the character?

In The Bones Will Speak, forensic artist Gwen Marcey is facing the perfect storm: a serial killer  who is a Phineas Priest and believes he’s God’s executioner. Gwen is also dealing with her anger, hurt, and lack of forgiveness to her divorced husband. She has an epiphany that the difference between her and the killer is only a matter of degree.

How much research do you have to do for the genre in which you write?

I do a massive amount of research. In my first book, A Cry From the Dust, I read twenty-three books. The Bones Will Speak required twenty-one books on the Christian Identity movement as well as serial killers. I maintain a bibliography on my web page.

Do you have a writing system? What works best for you?

I’m still playing with different writing systems. Each book was done differently. I do start each book with 3 x 5” index cards and just scribble any thoughts that pop into my brain on a different card.

Do you travel? Has a place where you have traveled ever sparked a story idea?

My husband and I travel quite a bit teaching forensic art. This year will see us in Phoenix, Port Hueneme, CA, Fort Lee, NJ, S. Lake Tahoe, CA, Aspen, CO, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Oconomowoc, WI, Dallas, TX, and Mount Pleasant, SC. I do get some story ideas from my travels and students. My next book, for example, takes place in Pikeville, KY. We taught there this past October.

How do you find the time to write?

It’s hard. I travel and teach forensic art, do my own fine art, have a dog kennel of Great Pyrenees, and live on a 685 acre ranch. I try to be organized. Note the word “try.”

Do you have, or have you ever had a writing mentor?

I had the greatest writing mentor in the world, New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Book #3 of the Gwen Marcey series has Gwen working in Pikeville, KY, where she becomes embroiled with a group of Pentecostal snake handlers. It will be out probably August of 2016.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Connect with Carrie Stuart Parks at:

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Carrie Stuart Parks is giving away a copy of The Bones Will Speak. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Deanna Stevens said...

You've worked with Frank Peretti! I like his work!
Book #3 of the Gwen Marcey series has Gwen working in Pikeville, KY, where she becomes embroiled with a group of Pentecostal snake handlers. Oh, MY! I see your books are all fascinating... I'm putting you in my new authors I want to read list! ! Deanna S from Nebr...

Deanna Stevens said...

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Linda Kish said...

That is certainly a lot of research before you write a book. It must, then, take quite a while. Your book sounds interesting.

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Patricia Bradley said...

Oh.My.Goodness! I have to have this book! And the others. Wow. I met Frank Peretti, and he is the most humble and awesome man. pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

sounds like a interesting book! Love to win it!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Connie said...

I think this book sounds amazing and I am also looking forward to Carrie's next book, because I am from Kentucky!
Thanks for this giveaway.
cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

Caryl Kane said...

What a privilege to work with Frank Peretti! I would LOVE to read The Bones Will Speak.


Library Lady said...

I work in the Church Library. I can guarantee that this book will not stay on the shelf for very long. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Carrie's interview and would love to read The Bones Will Speak !

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