David Parkins


Your Author is a sixty-something Englishman, who lives in West Wales. I pride himself on being ‘out of time’ but very much ‘in the right place’. I am also very pleased to be one of the few people left in Britain without a mobile phone!
My publicity agent has posted a not so recent picture of the myself. He has advised that anything more current would be too horrific to publish.
Splitting Rainbows, book one in the 'A West Wales Odyssey' series, was my first novel but by no means my first literary effort! These started a long, long time ago – writing poems and long letters to young women, where I did, in fact, achieve a surprising degree of success! Are all women poets? Probably not – but some definitely are!
The second book in the series, Broken Crockery, which revolves around the dinner party from hell, and the consequences that flow from it, followed very quickly, as parts of it were written concurrently with Splitting Rainbows.
I have now added book three in the series, Sophie - A Death and A Life. A love story with some hate, abuse and police brutality thrown in for good measure! Sophie is certainly the nicest character I have so far created - and my favourite!
Currently, I am working on the final book in this series, The Soul Farmer. This will pull together all of the darker undercurrents that have been running through the first three books. A friend who has read draft sections of it has said that it parachutes 'Twin Peaks' into West Wales. As an absolute devotee of all things 'Twin Peaks' and the genius that is David Lynch, I do take that as a compliment!
Publication date for The Soul Farmer should be late in 2017, though down here in West Wales we don’t do deadlines!
In the meantime, I've added two new short stories -
First up is The Spotter. This is a little story of childhood and trains, and it will surely have resonance for those of you of a certain age and inclination!
Then there is Sara and Daddy! This one is a dark little story indeed, but with romance, and some humour thrown in, just to lighten things. A salutory yarn - this one perhaps involves some inclinations that you might not want to have personally! And you thought trainspotting was something to be ashamed of? Tut tut.
My time here is divided between running a business, dreaming, writing, dreaming, listening to music, dreaming and dog walking – the latter giving me plenty of time to think despairing thoughts about the current state of the planet. I do cheer up on occasion though, mainly when listening to Leonard Cohen! Oh, and jazz.

Smashwords Interview

What motivates you to start each day?
The fact that no one else has lived the next second! Oh and the fact that today might be the one when I meet that beautiful nymphomaniac millionairess who is interested in exactly the same things as me!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The New Forest in the south of England, but I cannot say that my childhood has had a great influence on anything I’ve written, with the one exception of my short story, ‘The Spotter’.
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Where to find David Parkins online


A West Wales Odyssey
Stories of mayhem, murder and magic - not to mention love, lust and deceit - all set in the landscape of West Wales.

Sophie - a Death and a Life

Price: $2.99 USD.


The Spotter - a Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: British English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Coming of age
It is 1964 and at the age of eleven, The Spotter finds himself in a school he doesn’t like and a target for bullying. He lives for the weekends and his one escape – trainspotting – riding the rails behind the steam locomotives that are now in their final years of operation. He gains strength and confidence from his pastime, as he confronts those who those who would otherwise seek to crush him.
Sara and Daddy - a Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: British English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
It is 1987 and Robert is looking for love. He has placed an advertisement in the personal column of his local newspaper, and Into his life comes Sara, a very attractive redhead in her mid-twenties, with baggage, and plenty of it. Robert is instantly attracted to both her, and to the air of mystery that surrounds her. Sometimes though it is best to be content and to live with mysteries and secrets.
Sophie - a Death and a Life
Series: A West Wales Odyssey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,320. Language: British English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
April 2017 and red-haired Sophie is dead by her own hand. Twenty years earlier she first met Vincent in an all-night supermarket. Over time he discovers her tragic back-story, and supports her in the constant fight to be rid of her own demons. Against the beautiful backdrop of the West Wales coastline, they must now confront an intrusive presence from Sophie's past, as another waits in the wings.
Broken Crockery - The Dinner Party From Hell
Series: A West Wales Odyssey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,480. Language: British English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The residents of a small West Wales community have some new neighbours. They are very right wing and racist to boot! A local artist and his wife invite them along to a dinner party they are hosting. Fireworks erupt and the turbulent evening will have significant consequences for all of the eight guests. These are compounded by the actions of a local 'loner' Geraint and his mysterious cat, Oscar.
Splitting Rainbows - Must All Dreams End?
Series: A West Wales Odyssey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,380. Language: British English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Marshall and his new woman Anna are being stalked. For mutual protection they move in together sooner than planned but there is something about Anna that is making Marshall uneasy. He cannot forsee how something from long ago is now coming back at him with a vengeance, as both his and Anna's already roller-coaster lives start to spiral out of control. Just as his life did over thirty years before.

David Parkins' tag cloud

abuse    abuse child    adult    adventure    brutality    childhood    coming of age    crimenoir    deceit romance    love    love adult    magic animals    murder    mystery    noir    political    politics    psychological    revenge    sex addiction    suspense    terrorism plot    thriller    trains    trainspotting    wales    women