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.
More from Suzy
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.
When/how did you decide to become a writer?
Two events shaped me as a child. The local Bookmobile was a shelter for my brother and me during the Summer months. We rode our bikes there and would sit for hours inside on the airconditioned floor reading. One day I picked up a book with an embossed medal on the cover. My love of reading made me want to write a book that would be of such quality that it would win a medal.
The second event impressed on me the power words had to affect positive change in the world. My third-grade teacher volunteered to give a speech to the school on Student Government Day. Though I was terrified, when I stepped behind the podium, it felt terrific to see people’s reactions to words I had written. I realized the truth of Spider-Man use of the quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Which author has most influenced your own writing?
Mark Twain, whom William Falkner called “The father of American Literature.”
Do you have a favorite or special place to write?
Our camper because it’s bright and cozy. It has a great view, even when parked in our driveway.
Which one of your characters speaks most to your heart? Why?
I created Sophie to represent military and police spouses. She is my homage to the grit and determination these women exhibit. It’s a calling and an honor they take on with little complaint.
Who was/is your biggest inspiration?
Corrie Ten Boom, along with members of her family, was arrested for hiding Jews during the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. She is one of the people I most want to meet in Heaven. Corrie lived serving others as an author, speaker, and “Tramp for the Lord.” Her faith is an inspiration to me.
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