Novel by Christina Carson
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Quote from Suffer the Little Children:
"Perhaps what we call misfortune is actually a place where the universe interrupts our habits that keep life so limited and small, forcing us to respond differently. The opportunity it offers depends on how hard we work to close the gap or hold it open, allowing ourselves to glimpse realities we've never glimpsed before."
Novel by Christina Carson
Quote from Dying to Know:
"I knew in that moment, we were never meant to surrender our childlike innocence, to trade a world in which we fit like a glove for one that hung on us like ill-fitting hand-me-downs. However, all about us insisted on our membership. And instead of a handshake or a mystical password as entrance into this spurious society, we agreed instead to share a lie, the one that says we’re safe, secure, and fulfilled living this way."
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Whether old friends or new, it's good to be sharing this moment with you. My motivation for this site is two-fold: (1) I write novels, ones that explore human nature, the problems we create for ourselves, and how we might free ourselves from them. (2) I want to interact with a particular collection of people, a fairly large and diverse group I suspect, who, if asked, would admit to a longing they've experienced most of their lives - that being, a sense that there's got to be another way - to live, to heal, to relate, to know fulfillment, but are thwarted in their attempts to point to what it might be.
Through the stories, characters, and truth-tellers readers meet in my novels, they'll be offered a view of another way. It will be up to them to question, to ponder, to imagine, and in that state of openness, perhaps to see. For it has been known for thousands of years, most potently in the East, that indeed there is another way.What is missing, however, are models of what those ways look like when lived by people like you and me in our every day lives. I am interested in providing such views in the context of fiction where it creates less resistance and invites more curiosity. So to that end, my novels raise questions and suggest uncommon premises, through the lives of my characters and the stories they live out. My first novel focuses on why and how we drive our children from us. It addresses our unexplored notions of relationship in a context every one of us has experienced, either as parent, child. or both. For forty years, one concept I've explored is true cause. It aroused my interest when I realized we've all be conditioned to deal primarily only with symptoms. That conditioning insures that a new way forever eludes us. That is only one notion of thousands awaiting our exploration, suggesting not only the work in front of us, but also the fascinating life it offers.
And, oh yes, that is yours truly, attempting to rinse her foot and get it into her shoe before she once again loses her balance. Her precious husband, Bert, bertcarson.com, captured the ensuing dance. I think I heard the killdeers laughing. The top photo is my home of heart, Canada. Suffer the Little Children, my debut novel takes place in that setting. The photos to the right are my immediate family. Tigger,our treasured bouvier, is gone now, but lives on in my novels, and Bert is the only person I would have left Canada for and with.
I like to think of Suffer the Little Children as a story with wide appeal, as few people have experienced family life as richly or lovingly as they have imagined it could be. Something in most of us recognizes our family interactions as much less than ideal. I remember watching an Oprah Winfrey program years back that discussed child-parent relationships. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as those in the audience shared a singular desire to have felt accepted and respected by their parents. Then there was Ram Dass, who with the wisdom of age suggested, "If you think you're enlightened, go home for a weekend."
Thus I wrote this novel and let Anne Mueller's search for another way to understand parenting raise some interesting questions, for don't ever imagine there isn't another way.
Summary: Suffer the Little Children
Family is not our greatest success story; the Mueller’s being no exception. Set in a present-day wilderness community, the story recounts Anne Mueller’s determination to find her runaway daughter, save a neighbor child on the run, and understand what it is we do to drive our children from us. She persists; inspired by her Cree native friends’ model of harmonious living and a harrowing wilderness experience that changes everything for her.
Anne’s relationship with her dog, Timber, her horse, Spook, a neighbor child, Little Bit, her friend, Billie and the vast wilderness around her are compelling elements of this novel, which proves to be both thought provoking and brimming with wildness. It is an adventure story on many levels.
Dying to Know is now available!
This is my second novel, addressing a topic close to my heart, one of the many times I've asked, "Is there not another way?" Dying to Know responds to that question in the arena of life-threatening disease and its cure. We are conditioned to believe that disease is endemic, caused by germs or viruses or pollution, any explanation we can offer to relieve the anxiety of no explanation. We've been led to believe the causative agent is foreign to us and apparently a product of fate or ill-fortune, holding us in its pall like naughty children awaiting punishment. So, yes I asked the question is there not another way to understand disease and well-being; is there not another way indeed?
Summary: Dying to Know
Why do some people with a life-threatening illness miraculously heal? Callie Morrow wants to know. Unwilling to undergo traditional medical treatment for cancer, she bets her life on finding another way. Within her eclectic group of friends, three come to her aid and point to possibilities: Dr. Josie Walker, a disenchanted internist; Mary Chang, a restaurateur and longtime student of Taoism; and Joe Kuptana, a world-class Intuit artist. Ancient philosophies mingle with new world science to create a unique vision around health, healing and well-being, one that a struggling, frightened yet determined Callie engages in her attempt to save her life.
The novel I'm presently writing spins a tale of irony, one that addresses how unerringly our lives are shaped by the family into which we're born and the impact of its generational dysfunction. It's entitled, ACCIDENTS OF BIRTH. Tucked into that story is a character who so beautifully models unconditioned love, that her life and choices will help you feel it within yourself, perhaps for the first time.
So, if you enjoy being challenged by viewing the world from varying frames of reference and considering the possibilities that emerge, stick around, read my novels, and see what we all decide to talk about.