Publisher: Sing Before Dying, LLC (February 7, 2017)
As a teenager, Maci Willis fled the poverty and sexual abuse of her Louisiana childhood with the hope of finding a new life as a Nashville recording star or greasy spoon waitress. Despite the odds, the former fate unfolded, and Maci recorded hit songs for two decades while indulging a pampered lifestyle void of risks and regrets.
But all of that changed during one fateful performance.
While Maci sang a fourth encore to a crowd of 18,000, the music was shattered by a gunshot fired by an obsessed fan. She emerged triumphant from the attempt on her life–only to face another attempt shortly afterwards. Was it a coincidence? Or was something more sinister at work?
Nashville: Music & Murder follows Maci's frantic flight from danger–and toward redemption. Along the way, it exposes the glamour of stardom, the loneliness of fame and the seedier side of the Nashville music scene.
Antagonized by the mass media, victimized by her record label executives, stalked by deranged fans and hunted by local and federal authorities, Maci leads readers through a fast-paced descent into hysteria, chaos and murder.
In an attempt to get away from it all, Maci finds herself returning to the childhood she fled. In the end, the woman who faced life on her terms alone soon finds out that loneliness is a walking prison from which she'll never walk away.
Author Tom Carter has collaborated to write the autobiographies of more country music stars than any other writer in the world. Carter co-wrote with Reba McEntire, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, LeAnn Rimes, Jason Aldean and Ralph Emery. Including hard back and paperback editions, Carter's co-written memoirs have been listed seven times on the New York Times and twice on the USA Today best-sellers list.
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After twenty years as an award–winning newspaper and magazine reporter, journalist Tom Carter moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1989 to help celebrities write their autobiographies.
Two years later, Carter's second co-written book, Memories: The Autobiography of Ralph Emery, rose to number-two on the New York Times best-sellers list. It was the first of seven Times best-sellers he would pen before the end of the 1990s. He also had two USA Today best-sellers. By 1996, he had written more best-selling memoirs during the '90s than any other writer in America, according to People magazine. That title stood through the decade's end.
The new millennium saw two works of ghostwritten fiction by Carter, Holiday In Your Heart and A Mother’s Gift. Each spawned a prime-time, made-for-TV movie on CBS and ABC.
Carter's celebrity clients include Reba McEntire, Britney Spears, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Ronnie Milsap, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, LeAnn Rimes, Ralph Emery and Larry Jones, among others.
Oklahoma Associated Press has honored Carter, naming him "News Writer of the Year" and "Columnist of the Year." He is also a former reporter for Time and People magazines.
Carter has been a professional writer for 46 years.