Carolyn Curry

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Tony BarnhartThe SEC Network
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When it comes to the triumph and tragedies of being the wife of a football coach, no one has lived it more than Dr. Carolyn Curry. In Sudden Death, she takes us inside the sometimes-glamorous, sometimes-ruthless world of college football as seen through the eyes of Duke and Kendall Astin. He was a handsome football player from Hawaii. She was a well-educated, independent woman from Atlanta who wanted to go to law school. They fell in love at UCLA and away we go. This isn’t a men’s book. It isn’t a women’s book. It is a tightly written page-turner that deals with important themes and keeps us hooked until the very end. Well done, Dr. Curry!
Ann Hiteaward-wining author of Haints on Black Mountain: a haunted short story collection.
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Sudden Death, Carolyn Curry’s debut novel, has something for all readers. Her characters walk off the page in this intriguing read. Doesn’t get much better than Saturday afternoon college football. This story is much more than a mystery, but it has plenty of riddles to solve. Curry’s passion for women’s rights shines through in this story of Kendall, a wife of a university football coach. The author pulls you in for the ride of your life. Hold on!
CHUCK CULPEPPERauthor and sportswriter for national and international sports, The Washington Post
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With a gripping first novel, Carolyn Curry has probed a possibility of American life both unthinkable and plausible: a mass intersection of football, passion, and violence. She has forged an enthralling plot that doubles as a reflection about the terrain into which she has ventured. This is a bold, imaginative turn of work.
CASSANDRA KING CONROYauthor of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy
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Kendall Astin is a dedicated women’s rights activist married to the love of her life, legendary football coach Duke Astin. When Duke’s career takes them to the deep South, where football is more religion than sport, their very existence is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly the battle on the field becomes metaphor for the battle of good vs. evil, resulting in tragedy and heartbreak. Carolyn Curry, the wife of a former football coach, tells a story she knows only too well, a story about much more than football. Sudden Death is a stunning debut novel of love, sports, and obsession, which kept me riveted to the very end, turning pages as fast as I could. This one is not to be missed!
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 It just happened. I really can’t explain it. It is a true serendipity. But it was great fun!

History requires a lot of research. I knew my topic and this life well. It was easier to write this book. I enjoyed it.

I think what you mean, is did I describe real people sometimes. Yes, I did. Of course, if they were nice that wasn’t hard or something I had to be careful about. But my “bad” characters are fictional combinations of people I have seen in life. You have to be sure everyone knows they are fictional. You don’t want people thinking you are writing about them. Over and over, I remind folks that this is a novel. It is fiction. I made it up. It is fun to write about the naughty characters. Sometimes I would laugh.

They are issues that I have worked with and care about. Women’s issues are important to me, and these problems should be discussed more.  Sometimes we are reluctant to talk about unpleasant things. Discussion is important.

I like to discuss this question. I love so much about the South – the weather, the vegetation, good folks. It is home to me. But I have studied our history and some of it bothers me. Just like other issues, we should discuss racism and white supremacy. Those things I do not like and have had problems with them.

When I first started writing, I was simply writing a whodunit. I was Agatha Christie. It was fun.                           But with the problems we now have with gun violence, I have given it more thought. I have decided that we should examine it. Could it possibly happen? I hope not, but we should discuss the danger associated with threats of violence. It is just like racism and other issues. We should talk about the dangers and what we can do. In the end, that was my attitude.

When we were in Kentucky, the newspaper was doing an in-depth study of spouse abuse and I was asked to speak about it. I did a public service announcement that I included in the novel. I knew some real-life stories of what women had suffered, so I worked those in. It made sense in this story.

I do love gingko trees. There is a gorgeous tree near our home that is huge. It must be very old. I got interested in how old they are and how resistant they are to disease. It just popped into the story, but it made good sense. It is the suggestion of life going on and renewing every year.

That was easy. I never thought about it. If you know how ties are broken in football, you know it is called sudden death. Then when someone is shot and dies immediately, that is sudden death, too. It said everything I was talking about in this book. Life can end in the blink of an eye.

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