So having had the chance to read all about Haven's Creed, and maybe chanced the giveaway, how about learning more about the man behind the book.
Greetings Parker, pull up a seat and make yourself comfortable.
Today I'm very grateful to be visiting Bonkers About Books!
Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
My name is Parker Williams (or Will Parkinson if you prefer). I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband, our four dogs, and three cats.
Haven’s Creed is a huge departure from anything I’ve ever done in the past. Haven is not a nice man. He’s an assassin whose job it is to protect the innocent when he can, and avenge them when he can’t.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?
Ugh. Edits. I know they’re important, and they make the book better, but I hate them so very much. When my editor points out something, it sometimes makes me feel like I’ve failed, because I should have caught that!
As an author, is there one subject you would never write about? What would it be?
I’d like to say no, there isn’t, but… I couldn’t write a graphic story about rape. Haven dedicated his life to taking out the people who hurt children, and the thought of doing a scene like that makes me sick to my stomach.
When did you first realize you wanted to write?
When I was fourteen. I wanted…no, I needed, to do a story. I was coming to terms with being gay and I was alone. I had no one I could talk to about my feelings, and the people you’d see on television were there to be insane, mocked, or murder victims. They weren’t supposed to be happy. I needed someone to have a happy ending, so I would know that it was possible for me, too.
I started the story of Grant and Rusty in a book called ‘Free At Last’. Their first kiss was like a blessing to me. Even though I’d written it, I figured someone must have a life like that. There had to be somebody who would be happy.
In the end, Rusty and Grant kissed and were going to be together forever. Grant’s Aunt Helen was also there, telling them that love was love. It was an important message to me back then, and it’s still very important to kids now.
How long did it take to write your book?
Haven’s Creed took me about eighteen months of writing. I used to do scenes when I was at my old job and a coworker who used to drive us all to thoughts of murder, would start in and I’d have to do a scene. Our general manager at the time actually encouraged me to write while I was on duty, so it was pretty cool. Of course, I don’t think he knew I was killing a coworker on page.
For Fun: Where is one place you’d like to visit you haven’t been before?
I would love to see Ireland. Or, if Becky Condit, K.C. Wells, and I were able to coordinate our schedules, I would really love to see Paris with them.
Thank you so much Parker. You are an interesting person and I look forward to reading your book.