Wynn Parks was born in the southern U.S., and raised on Air Force Bases scattered from the Philippines to Turkey. Growing up as a "military brat" bred into him the love of travel that has motivated so many of his life choices, and piqued his fascination with with such famous travelers as Odysseus, Ibn Battuta, and Burton.
The author put himself through college at South Dakota's Black Hills State University, and later the Iowas Writers' Workshop by working summers as Driller's Helper in the eastern Wyoming coal fields.
After six months as a Dobey-Paisano Fellow at the University of Texas, he spent a winter in an Alaskan bush camp as an exploration geologist. There he managed to save enough for traveling expenses to get him to the Greek island of Paros, where he contracted to teach Creative Writing at The Aegean School of Fine Arts. Having lived in the Aegean as a boy, going to Paros felt like a homecoming. Though he forayed off-island to Europe, North Africa,and Iran,it was Paros that was his haven from the middle Seventies through the mid-Eighties.
In 2010, Parks was awarded a fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat, south of Edinburgh, Scotland. Two of the offerings published on Smashwords, originated at the Hawthornden Castle.
Several of the stories featured on Smashwords are excerpted from the author's "arabesque" novel, "Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox". "Jukebox" grew out of the author's years in Greece and, earlier, Turkey, and his life-long sense of connection with the Aegean.
The author currently lives in the United States in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.
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Curious Critters Vol. II- Continues the audacious adventures of Boggs Pumpelly and Bud Ricks, in script form; tales of country boys living amid the hills and hollows of north Alabama. If there's a strange critter---animal or human--- anywhere in the hills, Boggs' and Bud's path seem destined to Cross with them. Episode V: The boys find just how dangerous spray painting numbers on ducks can be!
"Curious Critters" is the audacious, comic adventures of Boggs Pumpelly and Bud Ricks in script form; two country boys living amid the hills and hollows of north Alabama. If there's a strange critter---animal or human--- anywhere in the hills, Boggs' and Bud's path seems destined to cross with them! Vol. I contains three episode, the first of which is a trip to see a baseball playing chicken.
Barba Yianni ~Uncle Blood Sucker
In the Greek islands, a vrycolakos is a vampire. Unlike the Transylvanian kind,a vrycolakos is often hard to tell from the person they were when alive. They can be distinguished by two things: their prey is usually a family member, and their dessicated bodies make a drum-like sound when struck. The niece of a vrycolakos tells of her narrow escape from her uncle ... or not!
Dancers of Epano
To trap an elusive partisan leader,foreign troops lay siege to Epano,his home village.An Englishman in Epano,Reginald Jordon,plots to escape---with his secret lover---from the village's desperate and bloody defense.When the partisan dies,trying to relieve Epano,the ex-pat imagines that he can stay uninvolved as his lover,and all,dance themselves,and their children off the sea-cliffs behind Epano.
Manoulis Steals a Kiss
Manoulis had been born a child of Epiphany. To the village's old women, his birth season---the season of long nights, when the old and New Year meet---placed a part of Manoulis in the company of satyrs and ghosts and other creatures of the in-between. Yet Manoulis is a kissing fool, and his obsession may reprieve his sister from the convent!
Wynn Parks's favorite authors on Smashwords
Smashwords book reviews by Wynn Parks
- Rhythm in Blue
on March 16, 2011
Whose kid was this hanging around the port, the cafenion, or the ex-patriot parties at all hours, and secretly recording it all with such merciless clarity? Would I be surprised to know? Whoever she is, she helps immortalize the artists' colony on Paros --- good, bad and ugly --- long before the Club Med types moved in and civilized the place. There is no happy-sappy Hollywood music score to Rhythm in Blue; nor silly dance routines down at the harbor. There's a stronger rhythm in the torturous dance between Shelby and Rick as their lives sway forward and back against the blue of Aegean Greece, or a blues from Rick's American band.
Rick and Shelby's story isn't just about a forbidden love affair against all odds, but an act of cultural exploration; a fulminating chapter in ex-patriot literature; at core, a why and how of the ex-patriot heart.
Whoever this kid was, she knows whereof she writes. I was there too...