Carl Purdon


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.

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth or browsing online.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started out writing poems as a child. Mostly they were rhyming stories. I still have them all in a scrapbook. The first story I remember writing was in ninth grade English class. I got an 'A', and, yes, I still have it, too. Recently I was invited to speak to a group of retired teachers in my hometown and I was introduced by the teacher who graded that ninth grade assignment. I think she got a kick out of seeing it.
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Where to find Carl Purdon online


The Reconstruction Of Walter Pigg
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,400. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Reconstruction Of Walter Pigg picks up where The Deconstruction Of Walter Pigg leaves off, pitting Walter against powerful new enemies as he recovers from the emotional and physical defeats he has endured. Change doesn’t come easy for Walter, but his opponents soon learn not to underestimate his ability to adapt to their world as he battles the demons in his. Readers of Carl’s first novel, The
The Deconstruction Of Walter Pigg
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,090. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Literature » Literary
When a man loses hope, sometimes all he needs is something worth fighting for.
Temple's Ghost
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 131,960. Language: American English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A once-famous author goes home to bury his mother, not knowing the letters in her attic are about to rip his family apart.
Red Eyes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,360. Language: American English. Published: June 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
After THE NIGHT TRAIN, Jayrod Nash, Arnold Wise, and Farley Milo went their separate ways, until Arnold’s abduction threw Jayrod and Farley, aka Frank Mayo, together again for a cross-country rescue mission that soon leaves them wondering if they are the hunters or the hunted.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,690. Language: American English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
At age eighteen, Dale Criss entered the gates of Parchman Prison, convicted of killing his high school sweetheart. Twenty-five years later, he returns home, hated, feared, and determined to set the record straight. Standing in his way is Sheriff Trap Malone, a no-nonsense lawman who thinks the line between right and wrong is clearly drawn … until he takes off his blinders.
Norton Road
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,900. Language: American English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Norton Road is a story of passion unrestrained, told with grit, realism, and sometimes a bit of humor, exactly the way such things happen in real life.
The Night Train
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,660. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
The story of Jayrod Nash, a young boy who was bullied at school and abused by his father, and the extraordinary steps he took to survive.