Frank Parker

Biography

Frank is a retired Engineer. He spent most of his working life in England where he was employed by UK based multi-national companies. He always wanted to write but has only found the freedom to do so since retiring to Ireland in October 2006. Formerly resident in Portlaoise, he now lives with Freda, his wife since 1963, in Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland.
To date he has 5 e-books available on Smashwords, 3 novels, a collection of poems and short stories and a non-fiction work that describes the discoveries that lead to the establishment of the theory of man-made climate change.
His latest work, a historical novel entitled "Strongbow's Wife" was released on June 1st. 2014. It relates events surrounding the Norman occupation of Ireland as seen through the eyes of the wife of one of the leaders of that occupation.
He is currently working on a novel dealing with contemporary issues and set in a small provincial town somewhere in the British Isles.

Smashwords Interview

How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember! But I only found the time to really get to grips with the craft when I retired from a long career as an Engineer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My mother was a London born war widow who moved to a remote country area shortly before my birth. So I grew up in the shadow of the Black Mountain range that marks the border between England and Wales. My mother's life has certainly played an important part in enabling me to create interesting female characters. My second Smashwords novel "Summer Day" is set in the place I grew up and draws heavily on my own childhood experiences.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Frank Parker online


Books

Strongbow's Wife
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,890. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
She was 14 when her father gave her in marriage to a foreign warrior in return for the restoration of his kingdom. Her daughter would marry a man who served three English kings and ended his life as Regent. What was it like to be Strongbow's wife and, later, his widow? Could she forgive her father or his arch-enemy O'Rourke? What became of her after Strongbow's death?
A Way With Words
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,960. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
A collection of short stories and poems, some funny some tragic; some topical some nostalgic; all exploring aspects of the human condition.
Summer Day
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,250. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
July 1947. The day begins full of promise. Feel the tension rise with the heat and humidity as clouds gather. Meet the members of an isolated farming community: a young woman soon to be married; her aunts: one misses her friend in an asylum, the other caring for her disabled son. Suffer with her brother as he tries to evade his pursuers. The events of this Summer Day will change them all for ever.
An Accidental Discovery: piecing together the history of man-made climate change
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ecology and Environment
(5.00 from 1 review)
The theory of man-made climate change is a recent conspiracy, right? Wrong! It is the result of a series of unrelated facts discovered over a century and a half. It begins in the middle of the nineteenth century with an amateur geologist trying to understand how ice ages came about and ends with the study of oceans and polar ice caps that continues to this day.
Honest Hearts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,500. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
When 19 year old Paul is deceived by Maeve in 1890s Brooklyn he joins the rush to seek Klondike gold. Unable to stop dreaming about the red haired girl, when he discovers one of her grief-filled paintings, he is encouraged to go to Chicago to meet her. She is more interested in locating her daughter, now grown up, and the story reaches its climax as the trio meet during the Red Riots of 1919.

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Smashwords book reviews by Frank Parker

  • Don't Tell Anyone on March 11, 2013

    In a recent blog post on Indiesunlimited (http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/03/05/nobody-wants-to-talk-about-that/), Laurie Boris expressed concern about the appeal of the subject matter of this excellent novel. I believe her concern is unwarranted. When I started reading “Don’t Tell Anyone” I had not long finished reading Colm Toibin’s 1999 Booker nominated “The Blackwater Lightship” which centres on a young man dying of AIDs. Not many months earlier I had read Lionel Shriver’s “For What it’s Worth”. As you would expect, each of the three writers has a different approach to the subject of the impending death of a close relative suffering from a debilitating and ultimately fatal illness. What each has in common is a thorough analysis of the impact of such an event on those close to the patient. (This is the first paragraph of a longer review on Goodreads.com (http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/03/05/nobody-wants-to-talk-about-that/))