Shade of the Morning Sun is …

A series of short stories that …

Combine to one life-long road-novel about …

Carrie Sawyer – recovering artist, restless traveler, mum-in-training.

Each story is intended to be self-contained – so you can start anywhere.

A main theme in Carrie’s life is very much encapsulated in the the classic ’80s synth-pop song, “True Faith” – the lyrics of which include the line:  “I’ve seen the light in the shade of the morning sun”.


Selected stories from …

Carrie’s teenage years in Cleveland after her parents’ divorce

Boats Against The Current (1995): Carrie meets her best-friend-to-be, Lin, at a party from hell, and almost manages to lose her the same evening …

All The Roads Are Winding (1996): Lin begins to realize she has more serious feelings for Carrie than friendship but that she can never share these …

Betrayed As One Gets Free (2000): Lin has committed suicide with an overdose of cocaine  – and Carrie is sick with guilt that she should have prevented it … and seen the signs that Lin was an addict …

Carrie’s sojourn to South America – in the wake of Lin’s death

New Year’s Day (2001): Carrie meets Jacob from Israel who is slated to go to prison when he returns, for refusing military duty. It seems there is no way out but they try to find one anyway …

The One I Tried to Destroy (2001): Ending up in Buenos Aires, Carrie befriends a Falklands War-veteran who turns out to have a dark side …

The years after Carrie herself has succumbed to cocaine for a hellish year in Florida

That Which Cannot Be Broken (2003): On the run from drug-addiction and her violent ex-boyfriend, Carrie is hiding out in a small Montana town. When she is witness to bikers assaulting a man she has to make yet another choice about life or death …

Shadows In The Shape Of Men (2003): In a boarding house on the Pacific Coast, Carrie meets a potential new friend whose scars may rival her own …

When Carrie’s finally gets clean and gets the chance to start a family – if she can make it work

The Finland Station (2005): First meeting with Jon and the age-old question – is it possible to meet true love and then pass it by … ?

Like The Wind Through My Tree (2005): NEW! The lonely cop – Jon – is trying to figure out if he has the courage to start a relationship with the lonely waitress – Carrie. Or if he even should, since he (rightly) suspects she, like himself, is ‘damaged goods’. 

Like Grace From The Earth (2011): On a bus-ride Carrie befriends Anna, an elderly photographer. Carrie has a family now but is not happy. She begins to wonder if she can live what she has left of her life without trying once more to realize her old dreams of becoming an artist herself …

Turning points – letting go of the guilt about Lin and finding a way to do more art  

Ghost Hearts (2016): Carrie finds an article about new quantum physics and the theory of ‘ghost universes’. Even though she knows it is no good and perhaps a little crazy, she begins to obsess about the idea that Lin may be is alive in another universe …

The Inside That I Carve (2017): During her dead-end cleaning job at the nursing home, Carrie struggles with anxiety about not being able to break free of the demands of everyday life and finally do something with her art …

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All stories by year