Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I was raised and still live on the 685 acre ranch here in the mountains of North Idaho. My family has lived in this state since my great-great grandmother came here in a covered wagon at the turn of the last century.
As an award-winning fine artist, with numerous paintings hanging in private and corporate collections, I soon turned to writing and illustrating books. To date, I have written five books on how to draw and watercolor, and contributed to numerous more. I started writing non-fiction in the mid-1990s.
My dad was the director of the North Idaho Regional Crime Lab in Coeur d’Alene, so my artistic talents were soon tapped to provide forensic art for the various law enforcement agencies. I started teaching forensic art along with my artist-husband, Rick. We are currently the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. It was only natural that when I began writing my novel, it would have a protagonist that was a forensic artist.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
My grandparents were very involved in the small Congregational church, but my parents weren’t much for such things. I became a Unitarian Universalists in college, but God had other plans. When He decided I’d goofed around enough, He sent a very nice couple into my life. The fellow was none other than NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti. Frank became my writing mentor, and Rick and I were baptized in the Coeur d’Alene River in front of their home more than 20 years ago.
I’m a breast cancer survivor and raise Great Pyrenees dogs. :-0
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
“A Cry From the Dust” is the story of forensic artist, Gwen Marcey. Her life is a mess: cancer survivor, divorced, and a single mother of an unruly teen. When she accepts a job at an 1857 massacre site reconstructing the faces of the murdered pioneers, she’s just looking for work and a way to get her life back on track. But things turn ugly when folks start turning up dead. She had to weave through a labyrinth of Mormon history, discovering secret societies and festering grudges in a race against time.
The theme is that everything happens for a reason and very much fits in with your Genesis 5020!
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I seldom blog on my site. Sigh. When I do, I try and cover something found in my books: writing, dogs, forensic art, historical information, cancer.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
I suppose that would have to be my own divorce. I’d been married for almost fifteen years to a college professor (and remember, I was a UU at the time.) When he left me for *many* other women, my life crumbled. Then I met and married Rick, found Jesus, and started writing. My ex-husband? He remarried and remained a UU. He’s now in prison for second degree murder. He killed his wife.
Wow, that is an amazing Genesis 5020, thank you for sharing that.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook: CarrieStuartParks, Author
Carrie, thanks so much for spending time with my readers today. We loving hearing from authors and learning more about them.
Readers, Carrie is giving away a copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for her by August 19th at 5:00 p.m. to be entered in the drawing.