Interview with David A Parrish

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is the ability to change the world around you as you but pen to paper. What ever you put down is coming from you, and not someones else's mouth. You can write under what ever style you choice given you take up the word Creative in your defining of your self in the writing field no matter what level are at. May you to decide to write I am sure we the world outside our little piece of the world would love to read what you have to say.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this moment I am lacking fans as my 1st book is going through the process at this very moment. Once I start getting fans outside my little part of the world I would like you all e-mail me your opinion on my writing.

I do have to say however my writing has appeared in a series of three articles on President Abraham Lincoln for the Ontario County [NY] Historical Society. A number of readers informed the director Ed Varno how much they liked the article series. Now according to Ed " they loved my articles" Most of those fans I have no idea who they are. Yet, I would hope that they will get a copy of my e-book.. I would like to be able to thank my fans today, tomorrow, and beyond.
What are you working on next?
I have a few other projects I would like to publish in the near future such as a collection of poems that were a journal like for me it is full of raw moments in my life weather real or completely in my head only.

Other projects are

A short story collection, letter's [not the normal type], words of wisdom, and a short story I wrote, and turned into a one-act play. I just am not sure which way I would like it to go. I have enough ideas to keep me busy for some time yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
My list of Authors who I am a fan of needs to fit into an odd category the title of the book has to be off the wall an example of this is "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom I can not say enough about Mitch's books he can not miss on reaching out to the general public.

Edger Allen Poe a turn odd ball of an author great for those Halloween night rain storms with the thunder and all.

My list would have to include a few authors I personally know RoseMary Heidecker who writes from her heart about life weather true events, of wishful thinking. Her books are titled Emmie, Home to Granny's Creek, and currently working on a book of spiritual inspiration. I wish you the best in your writing Dollie.

Marty Hall who wrote Fly for Something Fly Navy and other novels

I am not a down and out fan of Stephen King's writing. However, one of his books stands out alone for me, and no it is not the Stand, The book I am referring to is called Stephen King Behind the Writing. The book is more of a personal story than a helpful guide. Though the book may
touch off a spark in some one who wants to write horror stories. Stephen King if you should come across this interview I believe you are a great writer in your field but I am not into reading horror stories in any form.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nothing but a bathroom call
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am writing I spend my time writing until the cows come home, and I louse track of everything. The world can go by and I would miss it. That of course gets me in deep water at times.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The 1st story that I wrote that I can remember was a short story about the making of gum. I wrote the story based on my own imagination. The story was a project I did in a elementary school English class. I hated the class, but love to write stories after that first one. Which was turned into a kids book that was destroyed before the school year ended. It was the only copy ever made.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is simple I write according to my mood. That means that I have several projects going on at the same time. Here are a few examples

Blue Mood writing a dull part of a story that I could not write when I was happy, and so forth
An odd mood I can write stuff that is off the wall.
A serious mood is great for covering wisdom and sayings
A playful mood is great for writing silly stuff poems, short stories, poems, fake ads, and other such stuff
A musical mood when I want to listen to music I can write the Lyrics for songs.

My creative style is what gives me the various opposition of writing so I can not be completely typed case a a set style writer
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I can remember the 1st book I really read. Everyone knows the author of Green Eggs and Ham the one and only Dr. Suess. That was the 1st and last time I read that book it took me more than three hours to read the book a loud. I was reading it to a foster mother I had at the time. She encouraged me to read, and ended up finding a Avon book called the Marvelous Catch of Old Handabil [can not quite remember the title now. I treasured that book so much as a kid I took it every where with me until the day I lost it. I do miss that book.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure my reading tends to be a wide range of topics. For me title is everything, I look for books and so forth only by the title. The title needs to fit a few requirements which are

1. An unexpected title that tends to be off the mark.
2. The author needs to revival something about that person.
3. The title needs to fit in with the message the author is getting across without giving the book away.

So if their is a dust jacket on the book in print I will take it off the book as I prefer to not having a short version like Cliff Notes for a student who is required to read a book that would rather skip on by.

Here is an example title "Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albon . Mitch tells you what the story is about in the title but does not give away the story. For me the book had me curious. I had no idea which way the story was going to go was it going to be about something serious or a piece of humor. This book was in the general fiction area, but was it a cross over of a children's and a young adult book. There was so many possible ways the book could have gone so I had to read it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reader device of choice would have to be my computer. I am behind in the tech area. I have troubles enough with the computer to advance beyond that. At the same time I would most likely would misplace it. So, why take the chance.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My book marketing techniques that have been most useful is still up in the air. As of now I am informing friends about the e-book "Holiday's A Collection of Poems & A Short Story" My family will be the last to find out as I want to save it for everyone to be in the same place at the same time. Also my friends will give me their honest opinion about my writing at least I hope so.

Please note this is my first book so I am just breaking in the field. However, I have been published in newsprint for articles ranging from community events to historical background sketches on President Abraham Lincoln of the United States.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I knew nothing about e-books before I came across Smashwords when I was looking for a publisher. So, the e-books I have come across have all been connected to Smashwords.

As for the e-books that I have discovered, I am in the learning process now. I am currently learning the e-book publishing, after I have master the e-book writing part down packed I will be branching out. The type of books I read need to have an odd title that does not give the story away in any form, and the reason for this is I want to discover the story for my self starting from scratch.

What a brighter world we live in for fans of reading. Now I would like to see even more individuals reading e-books who can not read a regular book. I will be reading e-books just as much as regular printed books.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach on cover design was somewhat disappointing. I could not use any of the book covers I designed my self as they did not meet the requirements. So, I did my best at trying to get a cover that I liked for Roads Jebs: Story. All the problems were at my end I have to say as I am sort of a newbie at cover design.

Yet as time moves forward I will be improving the e-book covers on my books.
Describe your desk
Well, if some one asked me to describe my desk, I would say a non-standard desk. The reason being is all in the stage of a project I am working on.

In the beginning my desk is anywhere a note pad to jot down some notes a scrape of paper, or any thing close to hand to write with. Then I will use a book, table, or any solid surface to write on.

In stage two I use a clipboard with clean white paper and a blue or black pen. I then write at the desk with no computer that is clear as possible. That desk is where I have books on writing, other authors books that I read, and some picture albums, newspaper clippings, and a book on genealogy called Early Families of Early Hartford Connecticut. A bathroom glass\toothbrush holder with a lighthouse on the side which has pens and pencils. A mass produced fish [ca, 1950-1970's area] figure with an open mouth that I have paperclips, and cork board tacks. These items are put in their proper storage areas built into the mass produced desk by Sanders.

The next desk is the desk [Sander's] with a computer on it which I use to write the book out in more detail from the first rewrite until the final word is but down to what ever I am writing. Besides the computer on the desk is a scrap paper legal size paper pad, a red pen, a pair of glasses in a case a bottle of Germ-X, a magnifying glass, a cup of tea\ thermos brand to go bottle three pieces of paper towel folded in a small space under the computer monitor [which are for allergies]. A open package of computer paper leaning against the computer and a printer. There is a cork board side to the left of the computer which I have a small calendar, and list I need to keep.
Published 2015-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Road: Jeb's Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Discover Jeb's life as only he can say it. Jeb will take us to places we may never have thought of. Can Jeb's story shed some light into our own life's in some simplex way. Can we control our own path after we have left the living world or will someone else decide our fate.
Holiday's Collection of Poems
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: American English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes
Welcome to the holidays! The collection of poems are more in the Christmas sprite as well as winter. However there are a few poems for other holidays celebrated in United State of America. Some of the poems are poem for life, Close Friends, Year's End, Little Lamb, Apples and Cranberries, and a New Silent Night among other poems.