On the sofa: Author @ParkerJCole, marshmallow addict and anime fanatic #authorchat
Hello sweeties. Today I have the lovely Parker J Cole on the sofa as we chat about reading, writing and her latest book, Vengeful Vows. Check out the interview and also check out her book.
Welcome to my blog, Parker. Can you tell us a little about yourself
I am an author, speaker, and radio show host with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, anime, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting. I’ve finally kicked the off and on addiction to Mountain Dew and marshmallows.
You're my kinda lady. LOL. Have you always wanted to be an author?
Always. I always knew I would be. There was no doubt in my mind.
Great stuff. Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
I have so many authors to choose from. Some of my favorite authors are Ruth Axtell Morren, Ted Dekker, John Saul, Stephen King, Beverly Jenkins, Piper Huguley, Mary E Twomey, Mark Carver, Adrienne Thompson, and a thousand others. My writing has been influenced by readers although I glean a ton of information from the authors above and others. Readers respond to what I’ve written with positive or critical comments. I review the feedback to see what it is I’m doing right and what I need to improve. It makes for a good balance. I love looking at how other authors write and if I see something that wows me, I try to see if I can emulate their wordplay.
I can certainly recognize some great author there. Can you tell us what a typical writing day for you is like.
I don’t have a writing routine as much as the determination to write every day. Most days, I write on my lunch at work and after hours because my mind set is work focus which is geared toward my writing. On weekends, I write early morning before I go about my errands. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night and write then. I make sure to write whenever possible. However, I do outline what I plan to write. Not a detailed on but just an general idea for about two or three chapters. Then I write.
You're very organised. Let’s talk about your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?
My newest release is called Vengeful Vows, Book Three of the Sins of the Flesh series. It chronicles a character from the first book named Daffodil Simmons who wants to get revenge on the two men who abandoned her – her father and her former ex-lover. She do anything she can to make it happen. Anything.
Where to find Vengeful Vows: Amazon
This looks fascinating. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Daffodil’s story grew from the second book in the series called The Other Man. I liked her a lot and it went from there. Plus, Vengeful Vows is the first book I’ve written for therapy as I dealt with a lot of hardships during the writing of the book. So I retrieved to this world to keep my sanity.
I agree. Writing can be very therapeutic and it does help me keep my sanity too. What is up next for you?
I am currently working on a sweet romance book as well as science fiction book. I’m excited for both of them. Can’t wait to see how they came out.
Best of luck with your projects. What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
Write until you get to the end. The hard part’s done.
Great advice. What is the next book on your To Read Pile that you are dying to jump into?
Mark Carver’s new book and Piper Huguley’s new book. Can’t wait!
Enjoy them. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Follow me online by going to my website www.ParkerJCole.com
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/ParkerJCole
Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/parker.j.cole4125
Favorite city: Detroit
Favorite beverage: Chocolate Milk with whipped cream
Favorite place you’d like to visit: Italy!
Favorite place to write: Home
Favorite hobby: knitting
Favorite movie: All This and Heaven Too
Favorite book: Too many to count