Brian Parker is a great writer. He has a unique style and an ability to put a spin on a story that I not only admire but like. They are refreshing and will leave you excited and ready for the next one. I have had the privilege of getting to know him better through his recent win in The Zombie Book Of The Month Club. He has a beautiful family and is an active duty member of our armed forces. He has an amazing sense of humor. He is smart and very talented. I’m proud to have met him call him my friend. If you have not had the chance to read one of his books please do so you do not want to pass on reading his work. Please welcome Brian Parker to Roadie Notes.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
That’s a difficult question to answer. I published my first book, GNASH, when I was 35, but I started writing it when I was 32. I’ve always been a writer, so when I wrote my first story is much more difficult to nail down. I remember having several short stories published in my junior high school’s English booklet…does that count?
2. How many books have you written?
Fourteen… Yeah, that seems crazy when I actually count them up and think about all the work I’ve put into this secondary career. I’ve written in multiple genres, sci-fi noir (think Blade Runner), post-apocalyptic, zombie horror, paranormal fiction, military fiction and even a kids’ picture book. In addition to the books, I have two published short stories in anthologies and another two short stories published as 30-minute reads on Amazon.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
As a matter of principle, I avoid writing about the death or murder of children. I think writers use that sort of thing for shock value and not much else. I know that in the situations that I write about, children wouldn’t fare well, but I don’t need to write about it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m nearing 40, married, four kids and I’m an Active Duty Army soldier, been in for 21 years. I may hang it up next year, may not, it really just depends on when I stop having fun. After I retire, that means I have to grow up…
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I go back and forth on this. I used to say Enduring Armageddon because it was grounded in realism and I felt that most readers could identify with the main character since he was just a run of the mill nobody before the apocalypse with no special skills.
Now, I think my favorite book is The Immorality Clause which is my sci-fi noir novel and has been compared to the movies Blade Runner and Ex Machina. In fact, book 2, Tears of a Clone, releases in a couple of weeks.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I was reading about 4 hours a day during my commute when I worked at the Pentagon and started reading some really bad books. I mean, bad! I didn’t know about self-publishing back then, in hindsight, I’m sure a lot of the poor ones I’d read were self-published. Anyways, I started thinking that I could write better than some of what I was reading, which planted the seed in my mind.
Then I read Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne and found out he was an Active Duty Navy guy. I told myself that if he could do it around his schedule, so could I. And here we are!
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Just kidding, sort of. I run, yes, for fun. I’ve ran five full marathons (including the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon in that hurricane), two half marathons and the Army 10-Miler four times. I also enjoy hiking, lifting weights and watching football.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Have a nice dinner, a few drinks and then start the next one.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I’m very lucky. I don’t need a lot of sleep, so I write in the morning before my family wakes up and at night after they go to bed. Because of that, I typically write without any music. At our last house, I had an office, I don’t have one here in Maryland, so I write either on the couch downstairs in the morning or on the chair in our bedroom at night.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’m happy about where I am with my writing career, although I’d like to get that “bestseller” tag behind my name. All in good time…
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I think it would be interesting to be a famous writer, but I wouldn’t say it’s my dream. Those folks are so incredibly far and few between that it’s not really an attainable goal. My long-term goal is to be a bestselling author, not sure about the famous part though.
12. Where do you live?
I’m Active Duty Army, so right now we live outside of Washington, DC. Before this, we were in Texas for three years, DC for five, Oklahoma for three, Texas for five, Missouri before that…
We have two dogs, miniature poodles named Ranger and Scout. They’re littermates. We were only supposed to get one dog, but they were the last of the litter and my wife couldn’t bear to see just one puppy left all alone. Now we’ve got two yapping dogs.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating new worlds and telling a compelling story. I enjoy hearing from readers as well. It’s a great feeling when a reader tells me that something I’ve created meant something to them.
15. What is coming next for you?
On December 15th, my fourteenth book Tears of a Clone, Easytown Novels book 2 will be released into the wild. I’ve already begun my new project, a military sci-fi based loosely on the post-WWII mission to Antarctica in 1946. Officially the mission was to test cold weather gear. Unofficially, it was to see what the heck the Nazis had been doing down there. That’s the jumping off point for the book.
Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview! I’m thankful that my book GNASH was selected as the December book of the month by the Zombie Book of the Month Club and I hope it can help to introduce a lot of new readers to my work.
You can contact Brian Parker:
My Facebook page is where I interact with readers and drop news: http://www.facebook.com/BrianParkerAuthor
Here’s your one-stop link to find all of my books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-Parker/e/B00DFD98YI
Some of Brian Parker’s books: