An interview by
Sheila had the pleasure of interviewing author E.G. Parsons for Wild on Books! This is our very first interview for our site and we are pleased to have such a talented author, poet, and artist to kick off this section of Wild on Books!
E.G. Parson's Sites:
E.G. Parsons: Thank you, Sheila, Iím happy to be here. Iíd love to tell everyone about my new book. ďBlack Rock: A Time For LoveĒ is a time travel romance set on a ranch in Texas and begins in the late 1800ís. After receiving news of her fatherís death, our heroine, Roxanne Ingram, returns from Boston to take control of the family ranch. Sheís always had nightmares of being trapped inside the large black rock sitting prominently on the property and despite warnings of people disappearing when being too close to the rock, Roxanne is irresistibly drawn to it.
Shortly after her arrival in Texas, she meets two men, roguish Collin OíNeal and gentlemanly Bradford Wellman. Both men want Roxanne and both have their own agenda, one much more sinister than the other. Roxanne has to sort out her emotions for these two men while coming to terms with the truth about her birth and the mysterious black rock. Just when she thinks she has things under control, she must flee forward in time to escape the clutches of a madman whoís determined to have both her and Black Rock Ranch.
E.G. Parsons: All of those, as well as personal experience. Locations I visit and people I meet are a big inspiration for me too. Certain places are alive with atmosphere and emotion that fuel the imagination. You canít help but wonder about the people who lived there and their stories. Same with people, Iíve met many individuals who just beg to be written about.
E.G. Parsons: It feels like my entire life. :-) Even as a very young child, Iíd scribble poems and hide them in my secret place in the barn loft and then in later years under my bed. With the support of my wonderful husband, I began writing professionally six years ago.
E.G. Parsons: I almost always overlap genres. In Black Rock for instance, thereís historical, contemporary, paranormal, and suspense, as well as the romance. My preference would have to be historical with elements of suspense or paranormal, especially 1800ís America. Contemporary is easier for me because there isnít as much research involved, as far as costumes, lingo, mannerisms and so forth, but I enjoy doing the historical research.
E.G. Parsons: If Iím writing a bah blog post or an opinion piece, better known as one of my famous rants, noise of any kind doesnít bother me at all. When seriously writing on a book, I like to be alone in a quiet place with the sound of birdsong outside my window. The only thing I find seriously distracting though is very loud music or someone trying to have a conversation with me.
E.G. Parsons: Itís very loosely based on a personal experience of mine, having been kidnapped and assaulted myself when I was eighteen. There are elements of truth buried in the fiction, but mostly it came from my very active imagination.
E.G. Parsons: Iím always relaxed and happy during book signings and newspaper interviews. At signings, I adore meeting people who have actually read my book and enjoyed it enough to come in to get it signed. Iíve even had readers drive long distances just so they could meet me and tell me how much they loved my book. Thereís nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction that kind of compliment gives you. As for radio spots, I do them, but they are definitely nerve wracking for me. I donít necessarily feel nervous during the interview, but I often come away feeling as though I messed it up somehow and I have at times indeed messed it up. On one radio interview, I gave the wrong date for the setting in my book. I almost flipped when I heard the tape played back, but since it was a live interview, there was nothing I could do about it. I suppose itís like everything else, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become.
Yes, I do. In ďCaptive FearĒ, my brother inspired one character and my husband
another. Aspects of my husband can often be found in my heroes. What better
inspiration than my real life hero? Roxanneís character in Black Rock is named
for a family member, looks like her and has many of her personality traits. Iíve
had other authors tell me certain family members were offended when recognizing
themselves in one of their characters, but I havenít had that problem. My family
seems flattered that Iíd base a character on them, even if the character is less
Sheila: Who are some of your favorite authors?
E.G. Parsons: Iím a big fan of many authors and Iím always on the look out for new ones. To name just a few: Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Jude Deveraux, Dean Koontz, Amanda Quick, Debbie Stevens, M. Jean Pike, Robert Frost, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, LaVyrle Spencer, Karen RoseÖand many others. I recently reviewed books by Carolan Ivey and Jane Shoup. Iím looking forward to reading more of their work.
E.G. Parsons: Yes, Iíd love to. Thank you for asking, Sheila. I never get asked about my Lizzie book. :-) Itís a true story from my childhood and very close to my heart, not to mention it was so much fun to write. I feel so fortunate to have had so many wonderful adventures growing up. ďLizzie And The Boyís ClubĒ is only one of many I plan to write. The book is written from a childís point of view, but Iíve had very nice emails from adults whoíve read it. Hereís the blurb and thereís an excerpt on my website.
Growing up in the Florida Everglades, Lizzie, an undisputed tomboy, doesn't have to look for trouble. It finds her. Determined to prove that a girl is every bit as good as a boy, she tries to join the Everglade Rebels, an all boy's club. Come with Lizzie on her adventures, as she makes a bid for female equality. A story for both children and adults, "Lizzie And The Boy's Club" will take you back to a time of coal oil lanterns and outhouses. A wholesome adventure about friends, family, and one little girl who can't stay out of trouble.
E.G. Parsons: Poetry is like an old, and very dear friend. Itís cried with me over the bad times, laughed along when things were going good and held my hand when it looked as if all hope was gone. Itís dragged me from the depths of despair and loneliness, giggled at my foolishness and rejoiced in my happiness. Poetry was my first and forever love. I honestly donít know what Iíd do without it as a constant companion. When it comes to writing poetry I break all the rules. Itís the heart speaking, I only hold the pen. Iím fortunate to have had a modicum of success as a poet, having schools choose it for their syllabuses and having some printed in textbooks. I receive letters all the time from readers who love my poetry, many from outside the USA and itís always thrilling to hear from them.
E. G. Parsons: I have a new novel in the submission process and a publisher is currently reviewing the full manuscript. Itís a paranormal romance set in the 1870ís titled ďShadow Of RachelĒ.
Brutalized by a man she can never love, Megan Connors flees her Virginia home to start a new life as a schoolteacher on a South Carolina ranch. Steeped in the serenity of her new surroundings, Megan feels her dreams of a good life are finally coming true. Indeed, life would be perfect if not for her infuriatingly rude employer, the wealthy ranch owner Charles Donovan. Unable to deny her growing attraction to Charles, Megan soon discovers the chilling secret behind his grim existence. Determined to help Charles free himself from the ghosts of his past, Megan soon finds herself a target for the wrath of another who stakes a claim to Charles' love. Megan must defeat a powerful enemy, and confront the demons of her own past if she and Charles are to find happiness and escape the dark shadow that falls across them both.
E.G. Parsons: I like to fish, but hate putting on the worms, so I use artificial bait. I love riding my bike and feeling the wind blow in my hair. I like going to art museums, gardening, painting, dancing, and tormenting my thirteen year old son by making him talk to me.
E.G. Parsons: That I love eating dill pickles with milk. I can just hear all you guys saying YUK. :-)
I recently redid a small room in the basement for my office. I have a big
antique desk for working and a comfortable chair for thinking. Itís blissfully
quiet and free of distractions. I love it down there and yes, I can still here
the birdsong and see the trees from the window above my desk. I also spend a lot
of time on my laptop sitting at my dining room table. Hey, it gets lonely down
Sheila: What interview question has no one asked but would be interesting to your fans?
E.G. Parsons: HummmÖletís see. How many sexual partners have I had? LOL. Sorry, my husbandís input. Maybe what I did before I began writing professionally, which includes jobs in nursing, police dispatching and real estate.
I have several works in progress, a sci-fi titled ďThe Good MotherĒ and a
romantic suspense titled ďNight TerrorĒ just to name a couple. Iím one of those
crazy writers who work on several books at a time.
Sheila: Your art is wonderful Ė very vibrant and each seems to have a small story in the picture. How is your art different from your writing? How is it similar?
E.G. Parsons: Thank you, Sheila. Thatís a nice compliment and youíre right, there is a small story in every piece I do. Writing and painting are both an expression of emotion and both artistic endeavors, but my writing, with the exception of poetry, is workóa career, whereas art is all about fun and relaxation. When I want to forget everything and let the world go by, I paint. Itís not about selling or promoting. I have sold a few and given away even more, but only when the house is getting full to the rafters and I no longer have room to move.
E.G. Parsons: Iím not really sure. I think writing picked me. Itís not the easiest career to make it in. If Iíd done the choosing, Iíd have been a psychiatrist. Iím one of those people that everyone comes to with their troubles, so Iíd have probably been wildly successful. I do feel that living in so many interesting places and meeting people from all different walks of life sparked my imagination and it certainly gave me a wealth of material to choose from.
Thank you, Sheila, for a wonderfully fun interview. I have excerpts of all my
books and works in progress on my website at
http://egparsons.com for anyone wanting more information.
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