A Paranormal mystery by C.J. Carson
Allie Callahan had her whole life mapped out – run her family’s marketing firm, make her first million, and get that next big contract. Destiny had another plan. After a catastrophic event forces her to rethink her life’s path, Allie discovers that the heritage she’s tried so hard to deny is about to lead her in an entirely new direction.
Unable to ignore her grandfather’s Native American heritage, Allie embarks on a journey that will test her fortitude, strength, and courage, but it will also bring her the one thing she never dreamed possible – Love.
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HOURS WENT BY, THOUGH I COULDN’T be clear how many. I awoke from a dream where I was reliving my attack. Panic swelled in every cell of my body. Disoriented and completely confused; where was I? What had happened to me? Soft lambskin wraps restrained my wrists, with an IV in the back of my hand. My body hurt all over and my left eye was swollen shut.
A gentle hand touched mine. I opened my eyes to a small girl, wearing a hospital gown, gazing at me through the bed rails. The warmth of her smile gave me a sense of calmness. That’s when I realized I was in the hospital.
A matronly nurse with a heavy Southern accent stole my attention from the little girl.
“It’s okay, child, you’re in the hospital. There has been an accident. Please try to stay calm. Let me take off these wrist restraints. I’m so sorry we had to put them on, but you were thrashing so much during the night we thought you might hurt yourself or pull out your IV.”
The feeling of desperation overwhelmed me. “Where am I? What’s happening?”
She caressed my face, bringing my gaze to her. “My name is Laura and you’re safe. You’re going to be okay. You had an accident, so to speak, and you’re in the hospital.
“The hospital? What kind of accident?”
“Look, honey, try to stay calm. You had a rough night. Doctor Kennedy will be in shortly to see you.”
My throat felt raw and I could hardly speak. “Where is the little girl?”
“What little girl?”
I pointed to the side of my bed where the child had been standing less than a minute before. “She was right there!”
“Honey, I didn’t see any child. The children’s ward is on another floor.”
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An Interview with C.J. Carson
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always loved to invent and write stories. Growing up, my vivid imagination, along with my inability to stand in one place for too long, helped to mold my desire to write. It was, however, the love of history and the arts that helped to inspire my writing. My family lived in many places when I was growing up, and we did a good deal of traveling. For that reason, I was blessed to be exposed to the arts and history at a very early age. In my formative years, I visited places in New York like the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. In my travels with my family, I visited places like President Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Missouri, Betsy Ross’s home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mark Twain’s childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri. Later in life, I had many other opportunities and was afforded the opportunity to travel to Europe, where I visited other beautiful places like the Castle of Versailles in France, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I would travel through its parallel times and learn first hand about the world’s history and meet the many people who helped shape it.
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
Allie, my protagonist, would confide to you the true and deep-seated reason for suppressing her many gifts and what has driven her so far from the path she was destined to travel in life.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I would love to go out to drinks with Claudia, Allie’s sidekick. She is fun, unpredictable, and always speaks her mind.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
I imagine myself in a tavern in Scotland. I believe it is probably never a good idea to get into a duel with a dwarf, nor a good idea to ignore a challenge. I think I would try to charm my way out of it with complements.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I might attempt to write in any number of genres. I learned a precious lesson once when I entered a forty-eight-hour film festival with a group from Maine. Because it was a contest, the genre was literally the luck of the draw. You had the option to pull a genre from a bowl. You had one opportunity to change it for a second choice, but then you had to stay with that second choice; there was no going back. We chose horror, which was not something we had done before. It would never have been our first choice, but we thought there were other genres we liked even less, so we stretched and kept it. That weekend was the first time we had worked together as a group, and we rose to the challenge and came out of it with great reviews and a nomination for best special effects.
About C.J. Carson
From a very early age CJ Carson has been inspired by a great story, but what has brought her to this juncture in her life and inspired her to put pen to paper are the many rich experiences and opportunities her life has put in her path.
Her love of learning and new adventures has afforded her opportunities to reinvent herself many times over.
While working in the medical field she became a licensed massage therapist, attending a number of classes to learn energy work. She then went on to become a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Therapist.
As an artist, she has explored many modalities that have taken her on many a journey.
Her acting has brought her into the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.
Painting introduced her to a group of artists that shared her passion of bringing a scene to canvas.
Her love of singing afforded her the opportunity to travel twice to Europe as a soloist with conductor Sonja Dahlgren Prior and a chorus out of Boston. Sonja, affectionately known as Sunny, inspired her to do something, she never dreamed possible.
But something CJ Carson has always wanted to do is write. As a young student in high school, she had a teacher who implored her to pursue a writing career, but life had other plans for her first.
Now she is finally introducing to the world her first published work, “Murderous Envy” from her trilogy, Veils of Parallel Times.
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