About G.K. Parks:
G.K. Parks has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. After spending some time in law school, G.K. changed paths and earned a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Now, that education is being put to use, creating a fictional world based upon years of study and research.
G.K. Parks is the creator of the Alexis Parker series. G.K. has always been fascinated with mysteries and thrillers and sought to create a flawed, realistic protagonist. After months of scrapped ideas, a single scene emerged from the pile of rubbish which would later become part of Likely Suspects, and thus, Alexis Parker was born. She’s a strong, female investigator with a difficult past and the insecurities to match.
The characters and plots are meant to feel realistic, as are the investigative procedures in place. Obviously, these are works of fiction, and some creative licensing occurs in order to make the stories more entertaining. After all, no one wants to read a cut and dry novel with nothing but jargon and people filing paperwork.
What inspires you to write?
Mostly dreams, which are probably the result of too many video games, movies, and tv shows.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a hybrid writer, a combination between an outliner and a pantser. I tend to start out as a pantser with only a few scenes in mind, but as the writing progresses, I end up rereading my work, taking notes, and improving the plot progression. Normally, I use blank monthly calendar pages and fill in the details from my current WIP so everything occurs in real time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I imagine the characters having mundane conversations that never make it into the story in order to get a better feel for their personalities and how they would react to much more stressful and dramatic situations.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. If you have a story to tell, there is an audience that wants to hear it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Having freedom to choose and disagree with editors serves as a great motivator to self-publish, especially given the changing industry. But each book/series and each author has different needs. It’s nice to have options and the ability to change my mind at any juncture.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always exist. Storytelling is part of the human experience, and I don’t doubt that companies will find ways to profit through adaptation.
What genres do you write?: Mystery, thriller, crime
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print