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Wonders in the Deep

Wonders in the Deep by Chuck Carr: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Wonders in the Deep

Author: Chuck Carr

GenreChristian Fiction, Inspirational

Release date: April 29, 2021

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Love. Loss. Hope. Heroism. Is there safe passage through the torrents and storms of life?

Wonders In the Deep is a dramatic illustration, an emotionally charged depiction of the elements that keep us human, fuel our spirit, and give us the courage to continue.

The life of eighteen-year-old Brandon Lawrence is one riddled with questions. Pained sore inside, he seeks answers that have been swallowed deeply by his own grandfather, whom he lovingly calls Pap. How did his parents and grandmother die? Why does his grandfather resent Natalie, Brandon’s best friend since childhood? Why is he forbidden to step foot on a boat, to ride the waves of the sea? Will he ever find answers?

Pap’s journals. Could they hold the secrets?

Set in the rocky and rugged coastline of Maine, the story uncovers Brandon’s world in the summer of 1998. The 1930s and 40s of his grandfather’s world are now over, along with the flat plains of a corn-belted Illinois town he had decided to leave as a young man. What had happened to cause a man to run from a life he couldn’t handle? What had turned Pap into a man withdrawn from life? A man holding tight to the secrets of his life.

Sitting alone on the same weathered dock Brandon had come to with Pap every Thursday growing up, he tries to piece together the puzzle of an unspoken life. Face to face with the only solution he knows, he must choose between honor and answers; an act of thievery plagues him hard, haunting and jolting his conscience. If his grandfather is too brokenhearted to speak of such things, could Brandon steal the answers he needs from the journals?

Wonders In the Deep is a soothing balm, medicine to a hurting and wounded soul. Faced with the harsh realities of grief and loss, two men embark on a great journey to find healing in the deep and uncertain oceans of life. As you journey with Brandon and Pap, you may identify with their struggles.

Is there true triumph over adversity? How far will one go for answers? How far will you go?

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Author Interview:

What was the highlight of writing this book?

This book builds while you read it.  Some books are action thrillers.  This one is layered, with deep insights, one upon another.  It builds into a crescendo that takes the reader to a place of discovery.  It did for me.  And as I went on that journey writing it, hitting that point of deep reflection sparked me internally, even as the author of the book.  That’s how my books are, I guess.  They are very meaningful.   I write with a clear and defined purpose with each one.  And when I rode that sailboat with Alan, and I breathed the same sea breeze with him, his discovery was important to me, too.  I suppose I learned a lot by putting thoughts on paper with this one.

What famous author do you wish could be your mentor?

That’s an easy one to answer¾Charles Martin.  Most male Christian authors write in different genres than I do, such as speculative or mystery.  But Charles writes in a way that resonates with the way I do things.  He takes a real setting, plops it into a contemporary timeframe, gives us likable and relatable characters, and after we close the last page of the book, we have walked away with a clear-cut message.  That’s my goal and target as well.  It’s my mission.  I try to make “story” be the avenue we walk down in which we are receiving a message unaware.  And when we receive it, it changes us for the better.  Charles Martin excels at that.  I’d love to meet him one day.  To have someone like Charles as a mentor would transform me, I’m sure.

When did you write your first book? Is that first one published?

I started writing my first book in 2019.  I suffered a bad accident in 2018 which left me with a traumatic brain injury.  To make a long story short, my recovery was long and hard, and went through many different types of therapy.  I was confined to a chair nearly 24/7.  I couldn’t continue my career any longer.  It was hard to be trapped in a body that wouldn’t cooperate with what my heart wanted me to make it do.  I went into a dark place when nearly everything I enjoyed was taken away from me.  The good news, however, was that the creative side of my brain was unaffected.  One day I sort of had a wake-up moment from the Lord, and thankfully, I started to see that I needed to start looking at what I could still do, rather than what was taken away.  My wife encouraged me.  “You’ve always wanted to write a book,” she said.  “There’s no better time to do it than now!”  And she was right.  It was great for my rehab.  We went out and I bought a new laptop.  I could sit with it on the couch.  I relearned how to type.  At first, I kept pressing the wrong keys.  But I stuck with it and taught myself how to type again.  When it was finally time to start writing, God gave me a book in my head.  The Convergence only took about a month to get the first draft put together and was published in 2020.  It’s pretty amazing how God worked things out.  At first all I could see was tragedy.  But God saw much clearer than that.  It was really a blessing in disguise.  I’m currently writing novels, blogging, and helping others despite a disability.  God is good.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

When I set out to write a novel, I engross myself in research.  It’s honestly my favorite part of the process.  I travel to see the places I’m writing about.  I interview amazing and wonderful people.  It is so incredible to make new contacts with people who entrust me with what their lives have lived, the stories they hold, and the knowledge they keep.  Depending on how much I need to learn about these subjects, it can take quite a while.  My first book was the only one I could devote all my energy to at one moment.  It was easier because I didn’t have any other projects going on.  After it was published, things became more complicated, as I typically have at least two books in the works at the same time, and so it takes longer.  The writing stage is also an exciting and pleasurable one for me.  I enjoy the fun of being creative and getting my thoughts on the page.  It usually doesn’t take long to actually write the book once I’m ready.  But rewriting and editing is very time consuming.  By the time my editor and I have wrapped things up it is usually at least a year out from conception.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Definitely.  My wife.  Iron sharpens iron, right?  My wife, Faerie, has been there to help me through thick and thin.  It’s been so crazy, such a wild ride of adventure, one that I never saw coming.  She caught the vision before I did.  She pushed me when I was weak and helped get me up on my feet when (post-accident) all I saw was roadblocks.  She was convinced I was a writer before I was.  She knew that there was something special about how I joined words and phrases together from love letters and daydreams I had written to her while dating.  She knew the gift of writing was there.  It just needed help gaining the courage to expose itself to the world.  Faerie is exactly who I needed as an author to get me out of my head and onto a page, and now many people are blessed as a result.  God definitely knew what he was doing, for sure.  He took a great woman, a brain injury, and did something incredibly special.

About the Author

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Inspired by life events, Chuck Carr takes lessons learned over his years and forms them into words and phrases meant to lift others from the same hardships he has faced himself. He wraps and weaves the essence of what life is all about into this, his fourth book, a novel. Filled with his own energy, blood, and tears, Chuck combines this powerfully lifting message with one of his greatest passions in life¾his passion for the sea. As a former youth pastor, Chuck Carr has influenced hundreds of people throughout his life. He desires to help others live effectively despite hardships, as his testimony proves that sufferings can be changed into blessings. Losing a spouse in 2008, he strives to help those hurting from the same pain. A life altering accident in 2018 left him with a traumatic brain injury, and his vision and life goals have been refocused to help others heal from devastating traumas. He is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, publishing The Convergence, Navigating Grief, and All That the Locusts Have Eaten, which carry the message that one can live the abundant life God desires for us regardless of hardships and shortcomings we faceHis audience at has been blessed by inspirations about topics such as Christian faith, overcoming loss and grief, and achieving purpose in life. Now remarried to a woman of shared life goals, Faerie, he has chosen to live with purpose despite his injuries, being an inspiration to others, residing in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania.

More from Chuck

There was never a time in my life so confusing, so emotionally raw and puzzling as when my first spouse passed away in her twenties in 2008.  She had to say goodbye to our two boys ages 5 and 3.  The event changed everything about me in one way or another.  The things I was forced to face since that day are things that unfortunately so many other people are also forced to face as well.  It isn’t fun.  Thus, the birth of my desire to help those who know what I’m talking about.

Initially, I was attacked with the obvious¾the daunting question of “why.”  It never fails.  We all ask it.  Sooner or later, that single question begs our attention, and how we answer it will determine our outlook on everything else in life.  It is an unavoidable roadblock that cannot be dodged or taken lightly.  If not properly handled, that monster will bite you from behind and consume you¾it is a foe one cannot play around with.  But not all things are black and white.  Another thing I learned out real fast, was that some things don’t have a right or wrong answer in life.  Yes, I avoided it like the plague.  Almost a certainty, those who meant no harm would bring it up and shove it in my face unknowingly.  It came with incredible pressure, the prod or question no survivor ever wants to look at.  “You’ll find love again.”  Maybe.  But should I love again?  The prompt comes in various forms, yet none look pleasant to the one who has tasted loss.

These two insurmountable difficulties are what prompted me to write the novel Wonders In The Deep: A Tale of Healing.  I wanted others to learn that the “why” is a tremendous opportunity for us if we allow ourselves to go on the journey God promises to walk beside with us.  Only there¾in this incredibly intimate and personal space¾can we understand the richness of a God whose heart is broken right along with ours.  I also wanted to show readers that some may choose to honor those they have survived¾and that is ok.  Some, choose to love again.  It is a deeply personal choice that is extremely hard to navigate.  This book illustrates it well, a way to sort out feelings one might not be able to do alone.

Wonders In The Deep.  A place where one can cross the great divide of heartache to healing.  A journey of a lifetime.  One I hope you will cross with me.

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To celebrate his tour, Chuck is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


12 thoughts on “Wonders in the Deep”

  1. Great interview, Wonders in the Deep sounds like a fantastic read for me to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing weekend!


  2. Thank you for sharing the author’s interview and book details, Wonders in the Deep sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it


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