Media Kit


 

Table of Contents

  • About Out of the Shadows
  • carlson coverContact info
  • Product info
  • Promotion info
  • Interview resources
  • Media Reactions

 

Contact Information

Kimberly Carlson
kcarlson02@sbcglobal.net
15733 Sol Semete Trail
Redding, CA 96001

 

Product Information

Product Specs

TITLE: Out of the Shadows
AUTHOR: Kimberly Carlson
PUBLISHER: Fist Snow Publishing House
DATE OF PUBLICATION: June, 2012
RETAIL PRICE: $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9849918-0-8
PAGES: 395

 

Short Bio 

After graduating Humboldt Sate University with an MA in English Composition and Literature, Kimberly Carlson taught composition and creative writing at Shasta College. She has been a delegate leader for Amnesty International and is a member of Genocide No More, Save Darfur. Kimberly lives in Redding, California with her husband and two children.

 

Long Bio

After graduating Humboldt State University, Kimberly moved back to her home  town of Redding, California and taught English Literature and Composition at Shasta College and Simpson University.  Kimberly loves the challenge of helping students find meaning in writing  thoughtful essays and reading literature. Since childhood, she has been writing stories and poems, believing that literature can communicate  desires and longings; the need for connectedness. Besides her novel, Out of the Shadows, Kimberly has written three manuscripts and many stories and poems. She has been published in The Sun and The Hot Air Quarterly.

She began writing Out of the Shadows when she was a few months pregnant with her son, Elias—the book was published days before Elias turned six. Kimberly felt propelled to begin a new book before her son was born, afraid that having a baby would zap her creative energy. She believed if she could at least come up with a protagonist and her struggle, the rest of the story would fall into place and she could continue to write  while caring for her baby. What she discovered, though sleep deprived and madly in love, an even deeper need to create and write, especially this novel that brings to light the atrocities that are occurring to  Darfuris. While pregnant, Kimberly and her husband Steve Namihas watched Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George a movie that shows the strength and power of one man, Paul Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle during the Rwanda Genocide . Moved and upset, Kimberly began researching the genocide to learn more about the reason for the Rwandan genocide and discovered the genocide in Sudan, Africa in the providence of Darfur that was happening now. She wanted somehow to bring together her character, Jamie Shire, an intelligent, creative , American woman who because of life circumstances has no sense of her worth and inner-strength,  and the Darfur genocide. And thus, came the premise of her novel: By helping the Darfuri people, Jamie discovers her strength and voice. Kimberly, like her character, becomes an activist for Darfur. She has hosted pizza parties at her home to tell her friends and family about the genocide and urge people to write the president. She has taught her students about the genocide. She is involved in Genocide No More, Save Darfur, and has been a delegate leader for Amnesty International , traveling to Washington DC to meet with  Foreign Advisors for Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Wally Herger. The book, though historic in dealing with the Darfur genocide, is still a novel, a story of love, and forgiveness, and desire. The novel elevates the arts and women.

 

Praise for Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows is a memorable read—an inspired work from the heart of an activist!”—Paul Freedman, writer and director of Sand and Sorrow and Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade?

“Kimberly Carlson’s Out of the Shadows is a moving, lush, exotic novel that evokes the best psychological investigations of John Fowles, the moody atmosphere of Poe. The devastating atrocities of our dark century hang over every page of this brooding book as Jamie seeks to heal from a personal loss as bruising to her body as it is to her spirit. Readers will feel an intimate connection to the residents of the mysterious Fallow Springs mansion, and at times, as trapped there by pain as the heroine. This is a surprising tale of the families we must make for ourselves in a brutal world that often rips mother from child.” —Tony D’Souza, award-winning author of Whiteman and Mule

“Tragedy turns into triumph in Carlson’s debut novel about a young woman who regains her self-confidence after multiple losses and years of dejection.

Before readers meet 28-year-old Jamie Shire, she has already hit rock bottom. Jobless, she drinks away her days on her best friend’s couch as she wallows in loneliness. Among Jamie’s troubles: Her mother died when she was a child, the only man she ever loved wouldn’t reciprocate, her unborn daughter died, and she continuously feels rejected by her father and brother. After a chance encounter with a wealthy woman at a coffee shop, Jamie accepts a live-in job researching philanthropic causes at Fallow Springs Estate. Reaching out to the house staff and eventually working with Darfur refugees afford Jamie some valuable context for her own pain; she’s able to gain confidence as she learns to stop fearing rejection and start pursuing her dreams. Throughout the novel, the author skillfully creates mood. In the beginning, when Jamie borders on depression, her emotional touchiness and oversensitivity will create an uneasy feeling in readers. But as Jamie slowly regains confidence, readers will also feel increasingly optimistic. Alongside the main character’s emotional struggle is the struggle faced by Darfur refugees, although this plotline doesn’t advance too far; yet details from Jamie’s trip to the refugee camp in Chad—the types of beer served at the aid workers’ bar or a depiction of a young refugee sitting blank-faced and tied to a pole because he might run away—effectively transport readers to faraway places. Jamie’s story will interest readers, but, with a weak ending, the story leaves many unanswered questions. Who is Jamie’s wealthy employer? Does Jamie’s work in Chad help anyone but herself? And what of the conflict Jamie feels between herself and the refugees, between the haves and the have-nots?

With so many minor questions left unanswered, Carlson’s captivating novel proves to be more about the journey than the destination.” —Kirkus Review

“Kimberly Carlson’s novel is a dream,  a smile, a hug , a kiss,  a home,  a story… She shows there is a life for every Darfuri woman. Thanks for writing it.” —Halima Bashir, best-selling author of Tears of the Desert

“Carlson’s rich novel takes readers on a journey of discovery from a young woman’s quest to survive tragedy to the healing discovery of sufferings beyond our own world. This is one of those novels that impacts readers for years to come.” —Cindy Martinusen Coloma, best-selling author of The Salt Garden

“Kimberly Carlson’s novel is remarkable for its keen observation and compassion. It is about nothing less than what it is to be human.” —Sandra Scofield, author of Occasions of Sin and The Scene Book

 

Media Reactions

The San Francisco Review

Star Rating: 5 out of 5

Kimberly Carlson’s Out of the Shadows delves deep into the mind of a woman holding on for dear life as she recovers from a horrific experience and discovers that life does, indeed, go on. At its core, Carlson’s book is about forging ahead despite the past and finding promise in the future. Jamie’s new job seems simple. Her boss, Akasha, asks her to research “needy spots, needy people.” Once Jamie has narrowed down which humanitarian causes and non-government organizations she thinks deserves funding, Akasha will write a check. Jamie dives headfirst into researchingatrocities occurring in places like Afghanistan, Chad, Iraq, and Sudan. If readers are not aware of the deplorable actions of Dafur’s Janjaweed (the Sudanese-funded militia), they certainly will be after reading this moving book. Jamie’s research also sheds light on humanitarian organizations in need of support, such as Doctors Without Borders, the World Food Programme, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Ultimately, Jamie decides that she can’t make a fully informed decision until she visits refugee camps abroad. From the flowering grounds of Fallow Springs Estate to the sandy streets of Chad, readers get a true sense of where Jamie has been and where she is headed. Each location feels like a unique character in the story. Jamie struggles with the idea that her pain is somehow less than that of the refugees or rape victims she has read about during the course of her research. It is safe to assume that many victims of violence compare their suffering and pain with others at some point. This is only human nature. But, at times, Jamie’s constant comparisons and self-doubt can be quite uncomfortable for the reader. Why is her suffering any less painful or valid? War crimes and domestic abuse cannot, and should not, be compared, but the pain experienced is a shared experience and cannot be diminished in either case. Jamie interprets the events of her life with the eye of a motion picture director. She has always turned to film when life can’t provide the answers. But, as a result, she is even more removed from her own thoughts and actions as she filters her experiences in relation to films. Only until she steps completely out of her comfort zone and challenges herself through research and travel is she able to discover her potential. Readers witness Jamie’s transformation from a numb, empty, angry, desperate, confused girl into a determined, confident woman with a renewed sense of purpose, passion and zest for life. In her inspiring debut novel, Carlson challenges readers to ask themselves what they are passionate about and how they can communicate that with the world. Is it enough to just write a check? With advocacy comes great responsibility. Carlson is active with many humanitarian causes, including Amnesty International, Genocide No More, and Save Darfur.

 

Kimberly on Free Fire Radio 1460

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