Interview with Janis Ann Parks

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the conventional route and even had an agent for six months, with no success. When I found out about the possibility of e-book publishing and print on demand, it felt like I could have much more autonomy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Murder mysteries
How did you approach cover design?
I hired a wife and husband photography team and they met me @ the real Cedar Grove Cemetery and we took pictures. They came up with about 10 possible cover designs using their photos and I picked the one I liked the most. Holding on to the others in case of a sequel!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and I-pad alternately.
Describe your desk
Messy at the moment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was working as a nurse at the Medical College of Georgia when I read a story about a slave named, Grandison Harris, who was purchased at the Charleston Slave Market in 1852. His title was "porter," but his real job was to dig up fresh bodies in the Cedar Grove Cemetery to provide specimens for anatomy classes. I was intrigued and wanted to know more details.
While doing more research, I found an account of a reported prank carried out by two medical students. One of the students planned to exchange himself with a body that Harris had bagged with the intention of scaring Harris. It supposedly worked, but my writer's mind said, "oh, but what if?" And the seeds for the story were sown.
Published 2017-03-06.
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Books by This Author

Gravely Mistaken - Tales of Medicine, Mishaps and Body Snatching in Augusta, Georgia
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 57,950. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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Grave robbing to procure cadavers for anatomy classes at the Medical College of Georgia will be Grandison Harris' primary duty when he's purchased at the Charleston slave market in 1852. Two curious medical students play a prank on the grave digger that goes terribly wrong. While a case of mistaken identity unfolds, scenes of medical practice and education in the Antebellum South are portrayed.