Carl Purdon, Author

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Carl Purdon lives in Pontotoc, Mississippi with his wife and two of their four children. Pontotoc is halfway between Tupelo, which is the birthplace of Elvis, and Oxford, which was the home of William Faulkner. Since he can’t sing, he writes. Since he’s not an expert on anything in particular, he writes fiction. In February of 2012 he released his debut novel, The Night Train, and is currently working feverishly with another cast of characters in a manuscript that has not yet been named. Between scenes, Carl blogs about writing, and has an interview series devoted to all areas of the reading and writing community. He also has a collection of short stories and poems available on Amazon.

Mr. Purdon’s first novel is The Night Train
The story of an abused boy and what he does about it.
Jayrod Nash knows only one thing: he must escape his father in order to survive. When he slips away inside an empty boxcar with his only friend, he falls into the hands of a hobo who is not what he seems.
Reviews of The Night Train:

“Powerful and disturbing, but so is the shame and hardship passed down from generation to generation – the legacy of the abuser. We feel Jayrod’s pain, both physical and emotional, as he tries to escape his fate, jump at each creak of the floor board, and breathe a sigh of relief each time he is given a momentary reprieve. This book is a must read.” –

Kat Kennedy, editor Southern Delta Literary Magazine

“Before you know it, you’re drawn in to the story and you forget it is just a story. You can see the characters – it was almost as if I could have reached out and touched them. Carl does this with a very limited amount of words and that, folks, is the way a good author does it.” –
Suzan Tisdale, author of Laiden’s Daughter


“This is what one would call a crossover novel. It is accessible for students of middle school or high school (and as a teacher I would recommend it for summer reading lists), but it is also a compelling read for adults as well. In fact, it is a tour de force: powerfully written, evocative, with all the lushness of the South, and all the poignancy of being an abused boy on the road and far from home.” –

Amazon Review

“I immensely enjoyed reading The Night Train. Carl Purdon is a brilliant writer who knows how to captivate his audience.” –

Amazon Review


“I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It reminded me of reading one of the classics. Can’t wait for the sequel.” –

Amazon Review

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