Interview with Wynn Parks

How do you approach cover design?
I want a cover design that reflects, in some manner, the essence of the story it portrays. I prefer to use original artwork, and am lucky in this regard to have artist friends from my time at the Aegean School of Fine Arts, in Greece. This isn't to say that I won't or haven't used stock photographs, if they meet the "reflection" standard. One cover picture, I got from a Cincinnati rock band that I happened onto and liked. The band was happy to have the picture used since the credit added to their exposure. The actually lay-out I do myself using Picasa or Adobe. I'm currently considering creating alternative covers to use simultaneously.
What are you working on next?
Next is "Rambulations of Andreas the Bum", a journal of the American expatriate, Andy Alytis. It's a journal narrative addressed to Madeleine, Andy's grade-school tutor, a Greek-Turkish woman who he has loved from boyhood, and to whom he dedicates the account of his wonder-travels through lands of the timeless Aegean...
In general, I most often have two writing projects going at the same time: one a distinctly right brain-left brain: one fiction and the other non-fiction. The non-fiction project, at the moment is trying to determine the origins of an artifact found in the Black Hills in 1887 using modern forensic techniques.
Whatever, my writing default position is imaginative fiction. For me, imaginative fiction is the highest form of the writing genres; literally shaping form out of void.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Catching "Spongebob" and a shot of coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, researching Greek myth and folklore, saber practice, prospecting for gemstones, following the careers of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong; considering which came first the chicken or the egg, and why.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Maybe, though I've been writing since I can remember. At ten I sent a story about the trials of being an Air Force brat off to Readers' Digest, but I'm sure there were stories, or at least poems that I wrote before that... R.D. gently declined my prepubescent angst.
What kinds of reactions from readers have you gotten to your book, "Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox"?
Pretty good from the people who get what I'm doing. The first story/ "song" in Dinosaki's jukebox is an Austin Chronicle, Short-story Prize winner. Meanwhile, apparently some readers of "Jukebox" think the frame-story is the main action in the book. It's not. The individual stories are where it's all at. The reader's focus needs to be on the jewels rather than the setting, etc., etc. Together, when you see the "songs"; then you see the frame-story; then you see the "songs".
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Like most southern families, mine had a strong tradition of story telling, so I heard various tales at the knees of grandparents and parents from time out of mind. Probably "Dick & Jane" was the first that I personally read. Once I got through the tediosity of "Look, look, looking" at Dick and Jane running, I suddenly discovered that reading skill could be used to immerse myself in Donald Duck's adventures with Hugey, Dewey and Louie --- not to forget the fabulous expeditions of them and Uncle Scrooge --- also, Little Lulu.
Published 2015-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Rambulations of Andreas the Bum
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 74,010. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 1 review)
Andy, an American military brat with a Greek surname, finds himself sojourning in an group of haunted Greek islands. There he seems fated to encounter the vampires, dragons and legends of his ancestors. Sustained by the prospect of reconnecting with an idealized Greek Turkish teacher, Madeleine, Andy dedicates the journal of his fantastical, Odyssean rambulations to Madeleine, his boyhood love.
Curious Critters-Vol.II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure, Screenplays » Comedy
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-Vol.I
Series: Curious Critters-The Adventures of Boggs and Bud, Vol. I. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Short, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
"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.
Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 82,350. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Songs from Dinosaki's Jukebox spins sometimes lurid, non-P.C. tales of modern day travelers and their sometimes dark, sometimes hilarious, personal encounters with the ancient spirits and mythological creatures still haunting the Greek Cycladic Islands; vestiges and echoes of the past lying just below the western world's sunny, tourist-agency schmaltz. Prize winning "song": Manoulis steals A Kis
Brenner's Bones
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,080. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Spiritually lost,Andy Alytis signs up on a tramp steamer and ultimately steps ashore on the Aegean island of Yria. His life fishing there is ideal, until funds run low. Andy finds Brenner, on another island. Brenner owes him money, and now collects bones for a living. Andy agrees to join "B"'s creepy work, until it leads to graveyard excavations. Alternative? A quest for a storied dragon's bones.
Barba Yianni ~Uncle Blood Sucker
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The vrycolakos is a vampire of the Greek islands. Unlike the Transylvanian kind, it is often hard to tell them from the person they were when alive. Two things distinguish them: their prey is usually a family member, and their desiccated bodies make a drum-like sound when struck.The niece of a vrycolakos, tells her new American boy friend the tale of her supposed escape from a vampire uncle.
The Ballad of Lucius A. Bugbee
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Lucius attempts to win a bet, and a wild mare by whom he is entranced. To do so he uses the Indian trick of "turning horse": stripping, washing, and rubbing himself with horse dung. A naked Lucius rides his own blindfolded gelding; never dismounting, day or night. But herd acceptance has its price. His transformation brings him a shamanistic experience of primal sex, and it nearly kills him.
Dancers of Epano
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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.
Uncle Adonis - Ladies' Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,760. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 1 review)
Though regarded in the village as something of a roue,Uncle Antonis is the closest thing Akis has to a father. Antonis and his cafenion cronies,provide the young island boy a window onto manly ways of the world.As a child,Akis takes Uncle Antonis' reputation as a ladies' man on face value. Later, as a know-it-all university student, he learns the tragic truth behind Uncle Antonis' reputation.
Manoulis Steals a Kiss
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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! An Austin Chronicle Short Story Prize Winner