J. Jeffrey Parker

Biography

I don't like facing a blank page that says "Write about yourself." So I answered the awesome interview questions instead.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Philly. I admit, my childhood was pretty much idyllic. I had a very close friend growing up who shows up in my writing (I won't say where) and we're still very close today. She and I made our neighborhood our little kingdom, and I remember very fondly all the time we spent together. We played a lot of video games, but it was the nineties--everyone did. I'd say we spent half of our time outside exploring. We knew every backyard like our own, and had an internal map of the whole complex. Whatever we played, it was always imaginary. We'd be heroes or villains, knights or wizards, Pokemon or Pokemon trainers (Shush, it was the nineties). We were very rarely ourselves. Without a doubt, our fates were forged early on--she's an avid writer as well.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in high school, which is about the time I started reading as well. I read things before, of course. The odd book here and there, summer reading for school--that kind of thing. But in high school, I had the free time that a wounded spirit makes for itself, and after a chance encounter with someone in my science class (He was reading a Salvatore book) I realized that there were books--whole stories written in the Faerun universe that I loved dearly from computer games like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. I bought Homeland, book one of Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series, and absolutely devoured it. I had never encountered characters so real, action so intense, and plots so thick. I finished it, and was back in the book store for the second and third book in the series that very same day. It was then that I realized that the stories I had in my head from the years of Role-Playing video games could, and *should* be written down. That's when Tale of the Bladesinger started, a work that's even today still in progress.
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Books

The Sleeping Mind
Series: River of Souls. Price: Free! Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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My name is Ishaara Daldien. If I am not dead already, I likely will be soon. I do not know where I am, but I suspect I am between realms. Perhaps above them? Is this the place of which Gabriel spoke? Gabriel. I will find you. I will find a way out, but it will be a way forward. As you found a bridge, I will build one. I will build one, cross it, and make you answer for what you have done.

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