New novel offers look inside astronaut family

5-1 Jo Ann CarrEver wonder what it might have been like to be part of an astronaut family during the Apollo days?

JoAnn Carr of El Lago, who was formerly married to Apollo and Skylab astronaut Jerry Carr, gives us a fictional inside look at what it is like being married to an astronaut, offering the feminine view of the space race – something that has never been done before by an insider – in her new novel, Keeper of the Flame.

Jennifer Davis, though she has ambitions of her own, supports her husband as he focuses exclusively on getting to the moon. She pushes the traditional envelope of her life as best she can, much to NASA’s displeasure, in what is a very interesting read.

In spite of Jennifer’s conventional upbringing, an intense relationship with a television director, Mason Sears, who is filming a documentary on her family, threatens to become intimate during her husband’s one month stay on the moon. An emergency on the lunar surface, endangering the crew, causes her to re-examine her core values and she meets the touch choices that face her head on.

Born and raised in Orange County, in Southern California, the author – who lives in El Lago — graduated from California State at Long Beach and married her high school sweetheart who became a pilot in the Marines and was later named to the 1966 astronaut class.

She raised her six children amidst the backdrop of the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. She completed her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at the University of Houston in 1978 with all six children still at home, was divorced and then practiced law for 30 years – serving as counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and for Star Station One, a 501c3 devoted to space education for children.

Copies may be purchased through Pay Pal at Carr’s website, or with a credit card at

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