One of the things I’d like to do with my blog is pay it forward. What do I mean? As an indie author, I do it all – write the book, hire an editor, hire a cover designer and market & promote my book. All indie authors are in the same boat, but lucky for us, we’re all part of that same boat.
My writing journey has afforded me the opportunity to meet (albeit only through social media) some fantastic and supportive indie authors. We’re all here to help each other. For those authors who have been kind enough to help me in some way, I’d like to pay it forward by introducing them to all of you. And in return, rest assured that I will only recommend books that I have read and that I think you’ll enjoy.
I read Love, Carry My Bags. It’s not a genre that I would typically read but I’m glad I read it. If you go to Amazon, you’ll see my review so I won’t restate it here. But if you’re looking for a hearty, well thought out read about life and love, pick up a copy!
So without further adieu, please meet:
C.R. Everett, author of Love, Carry My Bags
Q: What inspired you to put pen to paper and write a book?
A: I’ve wanted to write a book since high school, but my first attempt didn’t have much meat to it. Later, after living a couple more decades and going through a few personal crises, I was sufficiently inspired. My dad also wrote nonfiction books. I remember in grade school asking him all the particulars of publishing and advances, royalties, etc. He explained it all, yet emphasized what a tough business it really was. I guess I was driven to do it anyways.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve written since elementary school—“published” several stories in the 4th grade as a school project. My imagination was always going. There’s a poem in chapter 39 of Love, Carry My Bags that I actually wrote in high school for my own grandfather. It just so happened to fit nicely into the story.
Q: What inspired you to write this particular story?
A: Extraordinary circumstances compel extraordinary writing. I’ll leave it at that.
Q: I believe that there is always a little bit of the writer in every story, be it in a character, setting, a particular event or action; are you reflected in your story in any way? If so, how or which character?
A: Yes. There’s a lot of me in Camryn. I’ve been to most of the places Camryn went to.
Q: What does writing mean for you?
A: When I write, I’m in my element. I can pour so much more out onto the page than I can in a conversation. Sometimes I get a rush of excitement when I write, a fantastic feeling I don’t get from many other places. I t’s like truly coming home. I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
Q: What is your next writing adventure?
A: I’m going to release a short story about why disastrous things happen. It’s a different style than Love, Carry My Bags, but the heart of it is in the same place. I’m also working on a companion book to LCMB, which will pick up where Love, left off and also give some backstory in a unique way. It’s awesome in my head. I just need to make sure it comes out that way on paper!
C.R. Everett was born in Northern Illinois and has lived in various places over the years, currently residing in Utah. For twenty years she worked in finance, but today devotes her time to writing. She lives with her husband, two kids, Shiba Inu, and cat. When not writing, she updates her website, connects with her readers, does the mom thing, or cleans up after unruly pets. In her free time she enjoys reading, usually at the gym while on a treadmill, baking, taking walks, enjoying nature, and going to Starbucks. Mocha is her favorite.
Camryn Johnson’s world is turned upside down when long lost love, Reese Dahlgren, re-enters her life at a pivotal point in her already challenging marriage. She faces an excruciating predicament: choose between a broken home for her daughter or a broken life for herself.
After escaping the clutches of her Bible-bashing mother and moving in with her remarried mainstream minister father, religion-confused Camryn (dressed in Holstein livery) first meets high school basketball star, Reese, at the 1984 Harvard Milk Day Festival bed races on the streets of Harvard, Illinois, “Milk Capital of the World.” During the festival, she discovers a small-town dirty little secret: sleeper KKK live there.
Camryn already knew about the Klan uniform in the parsonage attic.
Reese has baggage of his own. He lives in the shadow of his otherwise no-good, pro-basketball playing brother, Ryan, his alcoholic father’s favorite. Unable to cope, he unwittingly backs Camryn into a corner during his air force enlistment—love him from afar, or leave him.
Enter ADHD afflicted, aerospace engineering student, Glenn Conroy. Persistent and savvy, he woos emotionally insecure Camryn and wins her heart. Or does he? When Reese re-enters her life, further disrupting her miserable, still undiagnosed, ADHD marriage, Camryn turns to best friend, Megan, for advice, but refuses to believe Megan’s suggestion that she’s caught in a “simple” love triangle.
Camryn unveils hidden mysteries and secrets as she embarks on a life-changing journey of revelation and forgiveness, transcending doormat qualities inherited from her mother, and in the process finds what creation and crucifixions are really all about.