About Behind the Fan:
Behind the Fan is a Bronze Medal winner in the Wishing Shelf Independent Author Contest. This novel by Caroline Walken follows the family of Dorothy Kennedy-Denham as they care for her. Dottie has lived nearly a century, outliving friends, family, and the love of her life Nicky. She slips into the past often, and the family is at a loss as to how to reach her. She, however, has found a place that gives her peace and comfort, one where she again celebrates her life and her love. Her memory lapse allows Nicky the opportunity to connect with her again, holding him in ‘The Void’ where he can only move forward if she joins him. Dottie would willingly do so, but she has unfinished business to attend first.
After a nearly fatal accident, her family arrives in her home. The decision made that the safest place for their feeble relative is in an assisted living facility. However, a discovery in the woman’s memorabilia opens a door no one expected.
The family embarks on a journey that unravels a history they never imagined. This also allows Dottie to share her life’s lessons with those she holds most dear.
This is not just another heartfelt family moment. The family may need to embrace a passing entanglement with gangsters and bootleggers, this being only on their grandfather’s side of the family. They first must recover from the shock that their sweet grandmother was a burlesque dancer and a successful one at that!
In retelling her life story, Dottie is able to use her life’s lessons to help the women in her family come to terms with their own battles. Whether it is love, trust, or confidence, Dottie has a treasure trove of examples to use. Finally, those that she loves find a new path to happiness, and she is free to pursue her own. In her life and in her passing, Dottie’s lessons touch her great-granddaughter, Maisie the deepest. A quiet, studious girl, she is keen to notice the faint scent of Cigar smoke and questions if Dottie’s ‘moments’ could be more. Her great-grandmother helps her see the beauty she possesses and gives her the confidence to seek her own happiness. In the end, she will circle back to the same home, electing to begin her family there in the place where she feels loved.
Behind the Fan is more than just a romance; it is a comedy, a story of family and one of hope. In it, I explore if the state of dementia could be something more, or could it be this is what we simply hope. The setting of Newport Kentucky based on the city’s rich and interesting history. I grew up in northern Kentucky, and I am not ashamed to say my family may have had a gangster or two in our family tree as well. I feel the characters are rich and multifaceted and keeping the reader turning to the next page.
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I have several titles in publication currently, the latest release being In Hiding, the short story-turned novel. The consensuses by readers are that my stories are gripping and the characters compelling. Women love my female characters, appreciating their spunk as well as their flaws. With a craving for action and adventure, my romance novels are not your typical girl meets boy tales. Often intertwined with mystery and lawbreaking, the stories keep my readers engaged. Look for new books as my imagination continues to run wild.
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•Behind the Fan–The latest! September 2020 Behind the Fan is a Semi-Finalist in the Kindle Book Award 2020
•Behind the Fan awarded the Bronze Medalist in the 2018 Wishing Self Book Award for Independent Authors
•Short story; In Hiding included in the 2017 Closed Doors: Best of Writers Assembled Collection
•Nowhere on the Map accepted for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in the Romance category
•Short story; The Rule of Ten, included in 2018 The Best Rejected Manuscripts of 2018: (As Chosen by the Readers of Rejectedmanuscripts.org)