Read the first 6 chapters, free preview of my debut novel – Family Tree from the saga Family Tree the Novel.
“The Trees Outside”
About the author:
Andrea N. Carr is a born storyteller.
Her soul carries the passions and disappointments of a nation and her writing bares faultless witness to the truths of our time. Her debut release Family Tree The Novel is a gripping ride into the heart of the average dysfunctional family. Her profound insights into the human condition echo Alice Munro, The Color Purple and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.
She has been writing emotionally driven, self exploratory stories since 1999 from her homes in Orange County. Growing up in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, she later moved to Los Angeles California after leaving a Mental Health Career, as a Psychiatric Technician for the State of CA.
Connect with Andrea online.
The Trees Outside
Family Tree the Novel: Family Tree
Authored by Andrea N Carr
Foreword by Melissa J Moores
Often as human beings we find ourselves on the outside looking in on a given situation: a friend’s problems with work, the death of a distant relative, even watching police rush to a major car accident. However, one of the most difficult aspects of humanity is being able to look within ourselves and be honest about what we see there.
The Trees Outside is an introspective look at those forces affecting the character Angel Harper, from Andrea N. Carr’s debut novel Family Tree the Novel: Family Tree. Here, she not only helps readers look introspectively at Angel’s life through her poetry and previously edited material, but she reveals the naked truth about her writing as a medium for self-expression.
This is a must read for all followers old and new of Family Tree the Novel. Miss Carr bears her soul and that of Angel’s in a truly enlightening short work. ~ M.J. Moores, OCT
- Publication Date:
- Jan 18 2016
- 1523242604 / 9781523242603
- Page Count:
- Related Categories:
- Literary Collections / American / African American
Check out some of the stories on Medium.
I have been invited to be one of the writers for the publication, P. S. I Love You – with “Real” advice. Look for my first article.
Amazing, this video discusses the longest study ever done on the lives of men. What they find through research, not only with interviews is what makes us happy. Feeling, that we can count on someone; being in good relationships. Good family relationships and marriages had the most significant results, impacting our health and sustainability. Loneliness, is the number one killer affecting our health. Wow!
My children’s book The Bad Squirrels, is a tongue twister. My poor editor has her hands full with me. I am crazy about some things. I am happy as long as it reads well keeping the flow and rhythmic pace.
By the time each edit is finished I have to twist more words around in a circle. Til I am insane, folding squirrels into knots lol. Then kicking them out all over the pages.
I like it though, it’s challenges my sanity time to time. Not sure why I have this rhyming thing going on. I started out not rhyming then it doesn’t feel as right.
So I base the story on the non rhyming one. Then insert some fun and cleverness into the story along with a lesson and there you go. I’m about crazy by then but, it’s great.
I am ready to do it again, that is what is crazy.
I learned more from this story than anything, I have ever written. I am not sure why but, the structure of a story became very important to me. I listened more to my editor this tine than any other time or editor before.
I like to go with my instincts about what I write. Even if it’s wrong. Because I like to trust myself with my writing. Figuring out where to draw the line is a common denominator dealing with me.
I remember when I didn’t want paragraphs because I liked the way it flowed better. I didn’t want the reader to be able to jump around in the story. Treating the book like a album or mixed taped with no song titles. One long mix so it’s read the way I intended.
I think that theory is why I like these children’s books so much because I can present it as I intended without breaks.
I have the longest sentence in the world in this book.
But, it’s great the best one in the book.
I will comment later, with part of it. See what you think, I am brain dead now. The time was exactly 11:11 when I finished this post. What is that? 🐾🔰
I just finished my final draft of “The Bad Squirrels” not my editor’s edit but, anyway here is a facebook exclusive, excerpt…
Lol, not anymore, I don’t care. I love this book so much, I want you to read it so anyway…
This book talks about dreams from the idea of being an Oak tree and understanding why we dream. Also, when squirrels look the same how to tell the difference between bad and good people metaphorically using squirrels.
“I want to understand them because, they have meaning.
What’s going on in my mind while I’m dreaming? Maybe it’s our
imagination playing pretend, the way we pretend when we play with
our friends. How I feel when I go to bed, affects what dreams I have
in my head.”
“When I dreamed I was an oak tree looking down, I saw some
squirrels running and playing around, gathering the acorns I dropped
on the ground.”
Though I am afraid, right now.
I am fearless.
Even, if I die. I don’t fear death.
I will write the best stories about my life.
During, the remaining days of my life.
That is all I need, now.
I hated you for a time.
I don’t even do that anymore.
Making you the cancer in my life never helped.
I have a new book coming out!
Yay, it’s a children’s book one of twelve I have written to date. I really like it.I think kids are ready for my type of children’s books now (laughing).
I have been told in the past – parent’s will have some explaining to do after reading your books to their kids. Good parents and kids should talk about stuff.
Don’t you think?
The fact that I believe there is no such thing as happiness is debatable to most. Life is a series of challenges, with that said where does happiness fit.
Even with the best coping skills, it isn’t my idea of what happiness should be. My happiness is bliss, perfection at its best. Everything is good forever for everyone but, the thing about my particular happiness is its unrealistic and
why I believe it does not exist or does it.
This explanation of happiness is my own. Perhaps, not your understanding of what it is. But, what matters most is I believe it.
Let’s get real. Happiness comes from within. I believe that also. This is the compromise to my blissful version that does not exist.
In bliss we don’t work or want for anything, everyday is Christmas our birthday etc. We live our lives feeling everyday is a celebration. Giving gifts for no reason other than to be intentional in someone’s life.
I say we because, if I can’t share my bliss it isn’t true to my idea of happiness. I need others to feel this way also. I want gifts and intention from others to bless me with things that are acts of kindness.
A kiss on the cheek. Raking the leaves in the yard. Making breakfast bringing it to me in bed. And cleaning the kitchen afterwards. Lol.
My friend used to do this and tell me “I made the breakfast.” “You got to eat also” I responded. I stopped him from making me breakfast.
Back to internal happiness. I call on it through meditation because what acts as happiness to others is not mine with the best of intentions behind it.
I am not thrilled about cleaning up the mess in my kitchen left behind. Give and take like the happiness existing to most people.
What can you live with? I suppose.
Drama – Feature
“Family Tree” by novelist Andrea N. Carr with a family saga where an incarcerated woman gains a four-day release to attend the funeral after, her sister’s suicide while babysitting her 13 year old son.
Story uncovers dark secrets with suspense and pacing that is in comparison to Raymond Carver. I conducted an interview with the author on the power of storytelling to create empathy and change. Cristina Deptula, Literary Publicist
Why should people read/watch this story?
To help understand the human condition, the story is presented from one perspective. Angel is the main character narrating her thoughts, opinions and feelings. As in life, we see only, what we see our truth is our own interpretation – with emotions affecting how we feel in the end about the actions or words of others. Regardless of their intent.
I think, it isn’t realized the impact we can truly have on others. I love this story, for helping to bring about this realization. Family is the most meaningful relationship in life influencing who we become, whether wanted or not, we can choose to be the opposite or the same.