Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. He has written a newspaper column on computers and been published in several magazines.
What inspires you to write?
It’s an enjoyable thing to bring characters to life. The process of bringing a story from your imagination to the printed page is a very satisfying experience.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first iteration of a story starts in my mind. I come up with the main plot flow and imagine it from beginning to end several times over. Once the idea is set, I will begin research to make sure it is practical. Then I’ll sit down and do up a ‘character bible’. That’s a description of each character, their height, weight, eye and hair color, etc., plus any personality quirks. That helps when writing dialog and I need to know what color eyes a character is looking into. Next comes a point form outline of the entire book. That is no more than two pages and acts as my guide to keep me within the constraints of my plotline as I type.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I give my characters their backgrounds, bias, and personality then I put them in a situation, usually across from another character, and ask myself ‘what would that person do in that situation’? I then right the resulting dialog as if I were sitting within earshot of the conversation.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you want to be a writer, sit down and write. When they find out I am an author, many people tell me they always wanted to be a writer, but have never written anything. To be a writer, you have to write, it is that simple. Write a sentence, then a paragraph, then a chapter, keep going until you are done. Write a page a day and in a year you have a book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My author friend and mentor Keith C. Blackmore had gone independent and was making a decent living. After informing him of my failure to secure an agent, he told me he had the same issue years before. Keith encouraged me to follow in his footsteps and I’ve not looked back since. I had the choice of getting my books out there or waiting for an agent to call me back. If I’d waited for the agent, no one would have heard of me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
E-books will become more prevalent. However, the quality of e-books needs to improve. Too many people publish material without editing or even a decent spell check and that hurts authors and readers alike. Quality will always be a key to success as an author.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Mystery, Action & Adventure
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print