Michael Parker

Biography

I have been writing thrillers for many years and have experienced the highs and lows of being a writer. My first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published in 1980, and is now available as a POD paperback and Kindle on Amazon. I have been married to Patricia for fifty four years and we live in Spain. We have four sons, ten grandchildren and one great grandson. My hobby is writing, of course, and to date I have had eight novels published. You can see my list in Author Central. My other hobbies are snooker, speedway, football and music. I play snooker, watch football and speedway, and play the keyboard (not too well). I am a born again Christian and played keyboard in my fellowship for several years. I worked as a maintenance technician most of my adult life, serving sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, and about seventeen years with a food manufacturer. I retired in 1996 (I was fifty five years old) and moved out to Spain a year later. Pat and I have lived here, on the Costa Blanca for seventeen years. We are now planning to return to the UK. Other jobs I have done include Merchant Seaman, Office boy, and general maintenance for a chicken farmer! I have received many excellent comments about my writing, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers and used to be a contributing editor with them. In 2009, I worked on a global project with eleven other writers and produced a novel called PASSAGE TO REDEMPTION. This is now available as a POD novel and Kindle by Acclaimed Books Ltd. (www.acclaimedbooks.com) of which I am an associate. For those of you who want to know a little more about me, and see me 'in the flesh', check out my website at www.michaeljparker.com, where you'll be able to see a couple of TV interviews I have had. My last thriller novel titled THE BOY FROM BERLIN was released in December 2011. It has been picked up by Harlequin who have purchased (leased) the English language paperback rights for North America and Canada. This has been published (2013) now in paperback. Meanwhile my current paperbacks; NORTH SLOPE, a COVERT WAR ROSELLI'S GOLD, HELL'S GATE, THE DEVIL'S TRINITY, and SHADOW OF THE WOLF (March 2013) are available on Amazon and Kindle. THE EAGLE'S COVENANT paperback is available on Amazon.co.uk only because Harlequin have now published THE EAGLE'S COVENANT in USA and Canada. This is a story set in modern Germany. It is one of my favourites and I have high hopes for it on the American market. My latest title, PAST IMPERFECT will be published by my London publisher, Hale, in January 2015. This is a romance with a rough edged back story. Something of a change from my other titles.
I have also published a non-fiction work titled: A WORD IN YOUR EAR (How God changed my retirement plans). This is an anecdotal account of how I became a born again Christian after moving to Spain, even though I had no plans to do anything of the kind. I eventually preached at Christian fellowships around the Costa Blanca area and the book contains some of my earlier sermons. It is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Phew; when did I first start breathing? I have always loved writing and was never afraid to read my 'stories' out in class at my junior school. But probably because of the environment I lived in, and my expectations in life were not that grand, writing as a career never really entered my head. I began writing in a subjective way in my early twenties, and managed to produce a manuscript. My sister typed it up for me (including carbons), but it never saw the light of day. When it did happen, I was well into my thirties and was picked up by Macmillan.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My current, London publisher, Robert Hale Ltd., lacked the firepower of the big five publishing houses, which meant my eight hardback novels were never really in the game. As a result of linking up with Peter Lihou I became a founder member of the self-publishing group Acclaimed Books, (www.acclaimedbooks.com) and put my books on amazon. I am now venturing into the wider world with Smashwords.
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Where to find Michael Parker online


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Books

Roselli's Gold
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,320. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Miles Roselli was a young captain in the British army when he hid three of his dead comrades and a fortune in Vatican gold in the Tibesti mountains. He hadn't planned to return, but years later the gold is uncovered provoking a life and death struggle to protect the secret and the integrity of the Roman Catholic church.
Hell's Gate
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,800. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It is 1898 and in the British East African Protectorate, Reuben Cole finds himself torn between saving his son from the evil slave markets of Mombassa and foiling the murderous plans of the Ugandan King, Mwanga. Added to this mix of torment and intrigue are the exceptional volcanic disturbances beneath Lake Naivasha, plus the threat to the railway camp at Nairobi by 10,000 Masai tribesmen.
The Eagle's Covenant
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Price: Free! Words: 82,170. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Manfred Schiller is the world's most powerful and richest citizen; he controls an enormous industry that covers most aspects of everyday life. The key to controlling his organization is a week-old baby boy, and Franz Molke—leader of the People's Party in Germany—aims to control the Schiller empire by kidnapping the infant. The kidnap fails, but the baby disappears in the process.
A Word In Your Ear (How God Changed My Retirement Plans)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,140. Language: British English. Published: June 7, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
An anecdotal account of how God changed my retirement plans once I had arrived in Spain with my wife. We were not Christians and had no plans to attend church, but God had other ideas.

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