Shade of the Morning Sun is …

A series of linked short stories that …

Combine to one life-long road-novel about …

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

And her family and friends.

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

 

Some selected stories to get you started…

Boats Against The Current

1995: Carrie just moved to big city Cleveland from the Scottish country-side, but now she finds herself at the bottom of the pecking order of her new high school. Having left an alcoholic father and now living with a chronically broke mother, Carrie‘s only anchor is her yearning to one day become an artist but she swings between deep insecurity and fierce determination.

Then she meets Lin Christakis – sole offspring from a dysfunctional marriage between an IT-millionaire and a washed up English professor. Her mood is often as black as her Goth make-up, and she is hell-bent on becoming the next Virginia Woolf. Even so, Carrie and Lin manage to click after one huge trial that almost makes them enemies for a lifetime.

A tale about the beginning of an unlikely but ultimately unbreakable friendship begins here …

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 …

Like The Wind Through My Tree

2005: 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’ … 

One Step Closer 

2019: Carrie is offered a 100,000 dollars from an obscure religious organisation to ‘change her life’. She is pretty desperate to receive it, since she hates her job and feels her life is in a rut. But the offer may just tear her fragile family apart before she can make a final decision …

All stories are written by Christopher Marcus.

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