Interview: Robert Parker: An Exciting New Voice
Robert Parker is a new exciting voice, a married father of two, who lives in a village close to Manchester, UK. He has both a law degree and a degree in film and media production, and has worked in numerous employment positions, ranging from solicitor’s agent (essentially a courtroom gun for hire), to a van driver, to a warehouse order picker, to a commercial video director. He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores. In his spare time he adores pretty much all sport, boxing regularly for charity, loves fiction across all mediums, and his glass is always half full.
His latest book is the crime/thriller, A WANTED MAN.
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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Robert! Can you tell us where you are from?
Thank you for having me! I’m from Manchester, in the UK.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
My publisher picked it after rejecting my original one! I sent over maybe fifty or so new ones, and this is the one they settled on.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
It was designed by my publisher, who pretty much nailed it on the first try. We only went back and forth a couple of times on the colours of some of the text, so it was a great process!
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
My aim was always to entertain in the parameters of relatable themes – so despite our hero’s capabilities of doing the extraordinary, his thoughts and feelings can be understood by us all. You may just see a bit of yourself in thee – if you were pushed hard enough…
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
There are no grand existential themes, but I did want to raise the question of the sheer cost of war, and how we treat our veterans when they come home. These people are nothing short of heroes, and deserve every care and respect when they come back to home shores.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I would say the chapter in which our protagonist, Ben Bracken, returns home for the first time just to check on his parents. He doesn’t want to disturb them, necessarily, or announce his presence – he simply wants to see if they are OK. When he finds that they have moved, leaving the family home without so much as giving their only son a forwarding address, it is a gut-punch. This moment was so important in terms of establishing the audiences support of the character, and one that I really enjoyed outing together.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I felt I had it in me, and felt I had the time! I had three bouts of double knee surgery, and suddenly had a long period of recovery ahead of me. I put pen to paper so as to keep my mind active, with no end game in sight. Over the moon with how it has turned out.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I really hate ET. Scared the life out of me as a kid. Even now when I see him on TV, my guts still clench.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would want to go and fish for marlin in Mauritius, because it’s always been a dream to do it.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning – but I have 3 young kids so that’s sort of been decided for me.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
My seven year old is extremely industrious with a pencil – she writes more words a day than me, and makes her own books to put on the shelves next to mine. I can’t say it doesn’t make me really proud.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Yes – especially a bad dreamer, who suffered from night terrors as a child. I had one active imagination, especially when the sun went down.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
There’s something related to this book that is being discussed behind the scenes. If this genie could tap that into reality, that would be it.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Keep writing, believe in yourself and don’t you dare give up.
About the Book:
Title: A WANTED MAN
Author: Robert Parker
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Genre: Crime Thriller
It’s down to fathers and fatherhood.
Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways.
Not by the front door.
With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker.
Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life.
No one to keep him steady.
No one to stop his cause…
The plan: to wreak justice on the man who had put him in prison in the first place.
Terry ‘The Turn-Up’ Masters, a nasty piece of work, whose crime organisation is based in London.
But before Ben can get started on his mission, another matter is brought to his attention: Jack’s father has been murdered and he will not rest until the killers are found.
Suddenly, Ben finds himself drawn in to helping Jack in his quest for revenge.
In the process, he descends into the fold of Manchester’s most notorious crime organisation – the Berg – the very people he wants to bring down…
This action-packed and fast-paced story will keep you turning the pages. Manchester is vividly portrayed as Ben races around the city seeking vengeance.
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