About the Book
Book: Flowers from Afghanistan
Author: Suzy Parish
Genre: Christian War Fiction
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Weighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain.
As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for? With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all.
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About the Author
Suzy Parish wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes the power of literacy can change lives and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, a retired Investigator from the Huntsville Police Department. Their tennis-ball addicted dog, Charlie, is her writing companion.
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Have you or a family member served in the military or as first responders? I had you on my heart when I wrote Flowers from Afghanistan. You might say this novel is my “Thank you” to families all over who sacrifice their time and sometimes even their lives to help make the world a safer place.
It’s also my hand, reaching out through my keyboard to beautiful children like the character Bashir. These children want the same things as any child the world over, shelter, food, and to know they are loved. And finally, this book is a love letter from myself to Jesus Christ. He is the reason I write.
Author Interview with Suzy Parish
How do you select the names of your characters?
Character names have an essential meaning. The visual of the person comes to mind when I read their title. My characters’ names always have an important implication for their personality.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I cried my way through the scene where Little Mac’s injuries occur in the truck accident. I did quite a bit of research as I wanted to honor moms and dads who have lost a child and treat that subject with tenderness.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Black Beauty taught me as a child that fiction can champion truth and love.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would start writing as soon as I recognized that desire. In other words, treat my writing as seriously as if I were an Olympian training for competition.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Absolutely characters! My novels are character-driven. I have to get to know each character’s personality and quirks before I write them into the story. For instance, what pain are they carrying from their past? What are their great loves?
Thank you, Suzy, for your time in allowing us to get to know you better!
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