BLOOD BAYOU, a story of redemption and forgiveness, is set in a small town in Louisiana Bayou Country.
Because of her husband’s alcoholism, Camille St. James divorced Jack Vermillion after an accident resulting in a tragic injury that basically ended the life of a young law student. Seven years later, Jack has turned his life around and is a minister. In making amends, he devotes time to brain injured individuals housed nearby, but it’s done secretly. No one in his congregation—or in the town—knows.
Jack and Camille are reunited when Jack’s sister is murdered allegedly by a prisoner recently exonerated and freed through the Truth Project, an organization which Camille runs. She is convinced the accused man, Chester Pelham, is innocent. Jack believes Pelham isn’t and he blames Camille for freeing him. When Pelham lands in a coma in the hospital after a confrontation with the police, everyone thinks they have the killer. Only Camille remains unconvinced.
As the story unfolds, Jack is grateful for a chance for redemption in Camille’s eyes and hopes to win her back, but she is determined to keep her distance. Besides, she is suspicious of his new-found faith. Unsure of her own beliefs, she doubts his sincerity. And she has plenty examples of just how awful Jack was while they were married. God may have forgiven him, but she hasn’t! Her focus is on finding the true murderer and thus clearing Pelham’s name, but as she pursues her goal, someone is determined to stop her…by any means.
Although Karen Young has written 35 books, she’s convinced that she didn’t choose a career as a writer; it chose her. After numerous long distance moves necessitated by her husband’s career, she realized she would never have enough time in one particular job to develop a career. So, out of sheer desperation after the tenth move, she decided to try writing a book. When a major publisher bought it, she knew that she had found a career!
A Note from the Author:
Writing fulfills something inside me like nothing else. I’m interested in people, in their lives, in who they are, in their interests, in what makes them tick, in what makes them happy or sad or good or bad. Spinning a tale with characters drawn from whole cloth out of my imagination is just plain fun.
But I want my books to speak to my readers. I’m drawn to explore the problems of contemporary women. With three daughters of my own, I see first hand the ups and downs of relationships, of difficulties women face in balancing career with marriage and motherhood, with the challenge of blended families as a result of divorce and—looking beyond my family—to issues facing society as a whole.
Ten years ago, I lost my husband to a fatal heart attack. Not only was my world changed, but I was changed in ways too numerous to mention. One of the most joyous was that I was drawn back to the faith of my childhood. And, along with that, I began to explore the possibility of writing inspirational fiction. Over the years as I’ve conceived and developed plots relevant to the lives of contemporary women, there is one element that I feel is overlooked. And that is spirituality, faith. My books have always included the tension between right and wrong, but I mostly avoided adding the spiritual tension— those hard questions and struggles when characters inevitably dealt with trouble. Writing good inspirational fiction is not about adding a religious component to a book— it’s so much more. Now I freely explore the presence of a spiritual dimension to my characters. I can flesh out my characters to add the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual.