Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book of the Day with Author Parker J. Cole

My Book of the Day Guest Author to day is Parker J. Cole. If you like speculative fiction, you might want to give her books a read.

Thanks for joining me today, Parker. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’m a diehard Trekkie fan (TOS) sci-fi lover, off and on Mountain Dew recovering addict, knitter, reader, singer, and radio show host. I’ve been married for almost eight years. 

What type of books do you write?

I have two great loves, speculative fiction (with an emphasis in horror) and romances. One may wonder, why those two? They’re opposites! Well, to be honest, I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz and other like-minded authors. Then I discovered romances one year when I found an Harlequin book under my cousin’s bed when I was fourteen. Over the years, I’ve found I can blend my faith with my love for speculative fiction and romance. Now, I have a happy medium.

What about your newest book?

Leah Westwood loves her husband Jacob with all her heart, even as the smoldering glances of her ex-flame Vincent Miller continue to affect her. What she once shared with Vincent threatens to rip apart the bonds she is trying to build with her husband.

Jacob's heart belongs to Leah, but his body refuses to accept that. Rachel is the one who has been his mainstay at the most difficult times in his life. How could he leave her alone?

Vincent wants Leah back and all he has to do is watch and wait as Jacob and Leah's relationship unravels.

Ultimately, Leah must make a choice . . . between fantasy and fidelity.

What gave you the idea/inspiration for this book?

The idea came to me a couple of years ago. The Other Man was the first book I worked on in the Sins of the Flesh series, but I set it aside when my main character’s sister and husband bopped me on the head and told me to tell their story first. Their book is entitled Many Strange Women. After I finished, Leah, Jacob, and Vincent all crowded around, looking down at me and so I have to finish their story.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The only thing challenging about my writing is the lack of clones to write down all my ideas.

I would love to include a little ditty about why you wrote this book, a funny story about something that happened while you were writing, a difficulty you had while writing, or simply a word to your readers.

A funny thing that happened with this story is that I had about a hundred pages of a subplot involving Celeste and Solomon from the first book included in this one. My agent, who read the first draft of it, suggested I remove it. At first, I didn’t want to but then I realized if I continued in this vein, the book would be over 500 pages long. Needless to say, I removed it.

I know you do a radio show. How did you get involved in that? Also give me info on when people can tune in.

The radio show idea was suggested by my agent and I simply went with it. I was surprised because I never thought I’d be doing something like this. A year prior to the show, I met the producer of the network at a business networking function. So when my agent gave me the idea, I contacted the producer and the rest as they say is history.

I have two shows. The first, called Write Stuff, is on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Eastern time where I showcase Christian authors of fiction and non-fiction. The second is called The Parker J Cole show where I also interview guests, provide commentary, and talk about things in, out, and about the Church. It airs on Saturdays at 2:00 pm Eastern time.

If Parker's book sounds like something that would interest you, simply click on the cover.

You can find Parker on her website, her radio show, or send her an email writestuffradio@gmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. Your book sounds interesting, Parker. And I didn't miss the names - Jacob, Rachel and Leah! A little twist on Biblical history? Best wishes to you with this book, your radio show, and for a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.