Interview with Christopher Parker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. After I created a whole family of people made out of pipe cleaners, I wrote about their adventures. This was around 2000 to 2005.
What is your writing process?
Are you kidding me? It's all over the place! Recently, I've been writing on the bus and subways. Sometimes I write about the story and then realize I need to flush out a certain character more. So then I'll spend a few days just writing about a character. Sometimes I even go shopping for that character.

But I mainly think about what's in my heart. It used to be about the battles in my stories. But now it's more about the people in the story.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about what catches the eye of the reader. I'm not a pro at it, so I do my best.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sometimes. Before they went out of business, I used to spend all my free time at Boarder's. When I lost my house in 2008, and had not money, I used to go to Barns & Nobel's and look at cook books and imagine eating the food I saw.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since I'm an editor, videos.
Describe your desk
Just a note pad and a random place. A library for example. Or a at a college. It's really random.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Riverside then moved to Northridge in 2009. I had all kinds of adventures and battles during that period.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a child. Before I was 13 I think.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a very simple story really. I won't give too much away, but it's around a theme that's very dear to my heart and that's brotherhood.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had enough of the film business. There lots of twisted people there. People took advantage of me and didn't pay me after a project. Other people would just fire me without telling me, as I was still editing their projects. These people were extremely unprofessional. They wanted to know things about my private life and stuff. It was just a hot mess. I was sick of it.

I had been a writer long before I was an editor, so I went back to that. I can tell my story without having to worry about casting, directing, crew members, permits and so on. It's just me, a few pens, my note pad, and my story.
Published 2015-04-19.
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