Author Interview–Derick Parsons @1_DerickParsons

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What’s your favorite meal?

Ham, cabbage and roast potatoes, cooked by my wife.

What color represents your personality the most?


What movie do you love to watch?

I’m not a big movie lover –books are infinitely better- but I loved As Good As It Gets, with Jack Nicholson.

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

I have no interest in Facebook or Twitter. I don’t use them and I don’t see any point to them. I don’t feel the need to share my every thought and move and I have no interest in following the random burblings of other.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

I’m already doing it; writing is everything to me.

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?

Almost everything, from racism to pollution to sport. Ask me a question and watch me rant!

What makes you angry?

Bad drivers and politicians.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life?

That’s way too private to ever share, but it happen in Egypt, on the Nile, and involved a chef with sketchy notions regarding hygiene.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

A bit of both; I like to have every convenience nearby but with plenty of fresh air and open spaces on my doorstep. Which, conveniently, I have.

How do you think people perceive writers?

As nutcases. Which is hard to argue with.


Why has a beautiful young woman been committed to an insane asylum? What is the truth behind a shadowy past containing drug use, promiscuity and murder? What secrets does she hold that others will kill to keep HIDDEN? These are questions that psychologist Kate Bennett must answer if she is to save her patient’s sanity…and both their lives. But Kate has secrets of her own, and a dark past of her own that will come back to haunt her.

HIDDEN is a thriller, set in Dublin, but it is also a voyage of self-discovery for Kate, as she uncovers not just the truth about her patient but some truths about herself.

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Genre – Mystery, Thriller

Rating – PG-18

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The Island of Lote by Emily Kinney @theshadylady

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How do you think people perceive writers? I don’t think people perceive writers, and it annoys me. We really aren’t in the general consciousness of the populace. Unless you are a lit-head yourself, you aren’t going to care about or consider a writer. For the most part, we are a mysterious species, mostly referenced, but rarely discussed and seen even less. Which is so stupid. Writers, author, what have you, are awesome. We’re rock stars. It’s about time people started realizing it.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? Absolutely. I’ve known for a long time. I’m here to love and serve God with my whole being, and to bring glory to His name with everything I do. Beyond that, I want to become a Master Storyteller and join the ranks of the Greats. Plus, just be a kind and loving person; put some goodness in the world.

How important are friends in your life? Extremely important. I wouldn’t be who or where I am today without my friends. They don’t even realize how important they are to me. Even though I try to show how much I love them, I fear it doesn’t always translate clearly. And I want it to. I often worry about stuff like that.

What does love mean to you? Everything. ‘We are driven by love’, as it says in The Story-Artisan’s Creed. It drives everything I do.

What social issues interest you the most? I’m big on education and nutrition. I would love to help out with school reading programs. The education system in America is simply atrocious right now, and it makes me so angry.

Who do you admire? A lot of amazing people. Maya Angelou, my angel, Toni Morrison, Eminem, Catherine M. Valente, Doris Day. They’ve all impacted my life in one way or other.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Not giving up when I could have.

The Island of Lote

Milo Hestler is a lonely, unusual, fourteen-year-old girl. She is constantly moving from home to home with her oblivious parents. The only friend she has is her conscience, whom she has named Bob. Her only comforts are cooking and listening to hip-hop.

When her family moves yet again, Milo is bullied mercilessly by her classmates. Such treatment prompts her to travel to Australia for summer camp. During the plane ride, Milo awakens to find the plane deserted and about to crash.
After parachuting into the ocean, she discovers she is near an island. Milo passes out, and upon waking, learns she was rescued by a boy named Simon, who is cute, but can’t speak English. Not able to understand him, she accidentally says yes when he asks her to marry him.

He leads her to a small town on the island, where they locate someone who can translate for them. Milo is outraged to hear that she is engaged to Simon and wants to call it off, but learns that this island has rules that cannot be broken. She must go through with the marriage against her will.

After learning about the trick he played on her, Milo hates Simon, though it is obvious that sixteen-year-old Simon really likes her. What will happen next on The Island of Lote? From her earliest memories, Emily Kinney has wanted to be a writer. She lives in Maine. “This book is just the first of many to come, rest assured.” Publisher’s website:

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Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Rating – PG

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Author Interview – Adrian Powell @AuthorAdrian

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Do you have any tips on how writers can relax?

Since a majority of writers write inside their home or place they feel most comfortable I would tell them to go somewhere they have never been before and just be. Don’t think, don’t wonder just live in the moment. I also found this helps me with writer’s block.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

I would travel the world learning from different cultures and people and writing amazing stories that inspire and empower readers.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

I think it is great. I think it gives a chance for stories to be told that probably would have never seen the light of day. I also think it turns the market to a “readers market” because of so much inventory readers find and select whatever they want to read versus selecting from a limited selection.

What book genre of books do you adore?

Currently I love reading books about business and self-development. No matter how many I read I always find ways to improve myself.

What books did you love growing up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a zoologist so I read countless books on big African cats such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards etc. Looking back I can say that was the moment when I realized the power of books and how they can place you in a world different from your own.

Up, Up, in the Air

Kenny wants nothing more than to learn how to fly high in the sky like his favorite cartoon character. But with everyone discouraging him, and no one willing to teach him the fundamentals of flight, will Kenny’s dream ever get cleared for takeoff?

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Genre – Children’s Book, YA

Rating – G

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