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In 2012 Carl released his first novel, The Night Train, which is the dark story of Jayrod Nash, a boy who suffers at the brutal hands of his ne'er-do-well father until he decides enough is enough and runs away. It took years to develop the characters and craft the story, but in doing so Carl fulfilled his childhood dream of writing a novel.
Carl's second novel, Norton Road, paints a vivid picture of rural life through the eyes of Oscar "Pap" Jones as he struggles against the encroachment of industrial development. His third novel, Blinders, follows Dale Criss out of Parchman prison and back into the community that wrongly convicted him of murder.
Temple's Ghost, Carl's only novel not set in Mississippi, is the story of a writer who goes home for his mother's funeral and discovers a half-brother he never knew, and a secret that rips his family apart.
Carl's latest novel, The Deconstruction Of Walter Pigg, is the story of an unimportant man battling depression and a gambling addiction that has him contemplating suicide until a stranger comes and forces him to become a hero. The sequel, The Reconstruction Of Walter Pigg (coming in 2019), has Walter becoming mayor of Hayes, Mississippi, and going head-to-head with the bookmaker who almost ruined his life. The sequel reintroduces Jonce Nash, the abusive father from The Night Train, in a cameo appearance that lays the groundwork for novel #8.
Carl is a native of Pontotoc, Mississippi where he currently lives with his wife, Sharon, and their son, Logan. Together they have four children, five grandchildren, and a dog named Max.