Here is some info about Carrie King provided by Martyn Hopkins, media manager for Bothy Books:
Writer, Carrie King’s Idyllic Life came to an abrupt end in April 2000, when her husband and childhood sweetheart was killed in a horrific accident at work.
“When my husband died, I died too……I didn’t know how to breathe without him.”
She felt she would never write another creative word or paint another creative stroke again.
Gradually, encouraged by the help and support of her family, friends and the NHS (Carrie had three years intensive Therapy through Psychologist, Nadine Field and her Doctor, Melanie Munro), she decided to try and resume her work on her Children’s Adventure, The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, a book she had started writing before her husband’s death. Sadly however, as hard as she tried, she couldn’t find the solace she needed and she just couldn’t keep her feet still!
From 2003, she started spending time in Paris and La Fouasse, West France and each time, she took out her writing and wrote for a month; stopping again, once she returned to her home in Buckinghamshire. She didn’t think she would ever write again in England. She went on to write in New York, Memphis, Portland (Oregon) and Vancouver but whenever she returned to England, she fell once more into the dark shadows of grief over her beloved husband and could write nothing.
In 2005 she stayed at Sherwood Forest, Center Parcs where she found the forest and surrounding areas really comforting and inspiring and so at last Carrie resumed her writing of Joni-Pip in England!
It has been a long, hazardous and painful journey and many times Carrie thought that she would never make it but she has and she is so happy that she has triumphed over her tragedy.
Joni-Pip is the story of a spoilt, brattish, Middle Class, Anglo-American girl living in England in 1942, during the Second World War. After the April bombing raid on Bath, Joni-Pip’s American Father moves the family to Sherwood Forest, where Joni-Pip learns how to be kind and think of others through the help of visitors from the Future. Eventually after many failed attempts, Joni-Pip and her friends jump over the Wall of Time and change the Past, averting a tragedy. However, they return to a very different future!
Insiders in the Industry are predicting that C.K. will become the next J.K.!
Carrie insists that Joni-Pip is nothing like Harry Potter.
One Critic has said that ‘Joni-Pip is as light as Harry Potter is dark’.
Another calls Carrie King, ‘The new Enid Blyton, with attitude’!
Best Selling Author, R.J. Ellory (A Quiet Belief in Angels), calls Joni-Pip… ‘a rare feast….. a fabulous journey!’
Both books (The Joni-Pip Picture Book and the Joni-Pip novel), were featured on Radio 4 for half and hour. Ms King has been on BBC Radio many times. Carrie is now travelling the country enjoying a successful Book Signing Tour visiting Book Shops, Schools and Libraries. Carrie has also had Joni-Pip Events at Waddesdon Manor, Center Parcs – Sherwood Forest, The Dunstable Heritage Centre and The Eden Project, in Cornwall.
“The thing that thrills me most is that the phenomenal response to Joni-Pip has been from both adults and children. Every day, I receive e-mails, calls and letters from fans eagerly awaiting Book Two of the Circles Trilogy!”
To read the blurb of The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip click here
To read my review of The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pipclick here
To read my interview with Carrie click here
To visit Carrie at her website click here
To catch up with Carrie on Goodreads click here