Parker Monroe is a tough-talking investigative reporter used to writing headlines, not being the subject of them. When a key source vanishes on a politically toxic story, this single mother of three finds herself at the center of a media storm and out of a job. Ready to reset, Parker moves her family back to the rural town where she grew up. But a gossip-filled PTA, a tyrannical school principal and a gruesome murder make adjusting to the “simple life” anything but. Parker Monroe is about to chase the story of her lifetime…
Which character would you like to be in this book?
Parker Monroe is probably the person I most readily identify with. She’s bold, speaks her mind and doesn’t take crap from anyone. But Parker is also pretty insecure. She overcompensates by grabbing everything by its horns and charging into situations without really thinking. I can identify with that. Her mother, Valerie, I find more fascinating. Valerie is one hundred percent comfortable in her own skin, takes things in stride and projects a wisdom I can only dream of. So, while I’m actually more of a Parker, I’d like to be more of a Valerie – and still be a guy. Because, you know–I’m a guy.
Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
My phone is always on me, so in a way, yes. I can access the same book I’ve been reading on my Kindle and pick up wherever I left off. That’s a nice feature to have.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I would rather be the “memorable” one. Villains are often the heroes of their own story, so good—bad, whatever, it’s all good—and bad. Just don’t make me the meek forgettable wallflower that no one remembers. That’s the worst.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
I invest a lot of time and thought into my characters, whether I read them or I write them, so I prefer a series. If I truly like a character, I’ll want to spend as much time with him or her or it as possible.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I’m usually in bed reading late at night, lights completely off except for the Kindle’s soft glow.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Looking for inspiration as to what to write next.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I don’t know that I’ve ever tried! Wait, there was that time I was rushing to
my gate in the airport and I dashed right on by without so much a glance. Damn. Now I feel bad. Those books didn’t do anything. They deserve better!
What are you most proud of?
My kids. Granted, most parents are proud of their kids, which blows my mind, because I’ve met a lot of other people’s kids and a fair amount of them suck. I touch upon this in my latest book. My unscientific estimation is that 90% of all parents in the world think their kids are the most amazing kids and no other kids can compare. That can’t possibly be true–because my kids are the most amazing kids and no other kids can compare.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
“God, I hope this sells!”
What? I’m being honest. Of course, I want people to love and adore my novel, like any writer would. But know what? It would be soooooo great if my book sold a crap ton of copies. I’d be the Cinderella story of 2019. So, if you’re reading this, whoever you are, do me a favor–be my fairy godmother and buy a crap ton of copies of my book! You’d make me very happy.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Be persistent. And always remember – “no one wants to read your crap.” That was the title of a memorable article I read years ago by an advertising copywriter. His entire job was to make people excited about things they wouldn’t normally be excited about. How do you get people excited about paper towels? Antacids? Too many aspiring writers are overly precious with their work and think just because they wrote something, and their mom loves it, that everyone else should too. That’s crazy. Make the experience worthy of the reader’s time. Make it memorable. The best way to ensure that is to try your piece out on obnoxiously honest test readers before you go public.
Thank you, Dave Cravens and iRead Book tours.
About the author
As a child, Dave Cravens planned to grow up to be a superhero, the first person to capture Bigfoot and Nessie on film, pilot experimental aircraft out of Area 51, develop cold fusion, and star and direct in his own blockbuster action movies so he could retire at the ripe age of twenty-five and raid tombs the rest of his life. Instead, he got a degree in journalism, which he hasn’t used at all other than to justify his incredibly insightful and valid complaints about the state of journalism. During his twenty-two years in the video game business, he’s written for award winning franchises, directed TV commercials and movies, sprained his ankles numerous times in ultimate frisbee games and published three original novels.
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