Carroll details her new book ‘A White Room’ |

Carroll details her new book ‘A White Room’

Staff Report
Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios owner Patricia Sammons, left, and former LVN reporter Stephanie Carroll share a hug Sunday after Carroll's reading of her new novel, "A White Room."
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Author and former LVN reporter Stephanie Carroll held a reading at the Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studio.

Carroll read several passages from her first novel “A White Room.”

She said she owes much of her novel’s success to Fallon where she was inspired with the initial story idea, conducted her research, and developed her writing.

Carroll’s novel explores America’s “Gilded Age” – post Civil War to turn of the 20th Century – through the eyes of Emeline Evans, a young woman who dreams of becoming a nurse. Her dreams are extinguished when her father’s sudden death renders her family destitute.

Carroll and her husband, Jonathon changed duty stations again in 2011 back to Lemoore, Calif., where Carroll finished her novel and went on to publish it.

She also spoke of creating her own publishing company, Unhinged Books.

To purchase a copy, visit Carroll’s website at or on Amazon.

The Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios, meanwhile, will feature the works of pen and ink artist Tom Goodson during the month of July. Being semi-retired, Tom said he now has some time to bring out the artists tools and do what he thoroughly enjoys.

He has dabbled in different mediums … i.e. oils, acrylics, charcoal, pencil and pen and ink since the age of 15. He has found that pen and ink can be most unforgiving in the areas of pen stroke mistakes or composition, but visually the finished product can be most pleasing.

Black and white pictures, as in the cinema, can easily portray moods or nuances that color sometimes fails to depict fully. Tom said he usually draws to relax and chooses subjects that interest him at the moment.

He shies away from portraits as he prefers not to rely on “perfect” renditions. A lot of his time was spent “doodling” but his wife encouraged him to be a little more creative and expand the size and subject matter of his art.

The selected pieces being displayed have taken many enjoyable hours to complete and he hopes the public will find them as appealing as he enjoyed drawing them. Other local artists will also have works on display throughout the month of July.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m. For information on these events or art classes, call Patricia Sammons at 775-294-4135 or at