Please welcome indie author Charity Parkerson

Author Bio:

Charity Parkerson was born in Tennessee, where she still lives with her husband and two sons.  She is the author of several books including twelve Amazon bestsellers. Her “Sinners series” was voted one of the top ten best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Romance Reads


She is a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild, is a Goodreads moderator, a member of Coffee Time Romance, a member of Long and Short Reviews, and is a Library Thing author.

She won author of the week in August of 2011, and is a three-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath.




Book title:

A Splash of Hope


Brief Synopsis:

Two years earlier, Faith Hope left her hometown vowing never to return, but when her sister leaves the town’s hottest bachelor standing at the altar and disappears, Faith is forced to face her past in order to find her.


With a little bit of luck, some devious planning, and a splash of hope, Faith may get her happily-ever-after whether she wants it or not.


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

I love to watch movies with my family.


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

My mother is an author and so I’ve always possessed the writing bug. However, it was my husband that pushed me to see it through.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

Like most of my stories, the Hope sisters started in a dream. I’m a vivid dreamer and I keep a journal of them to use for inspiration.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.

1) The “hot bachelor” that Faith’s sister is set to marry is Faith’s ex-lover.

2) Faith raised her sister, Serenity, after their parents were killed.

3) This book is set in my hometown.


What research did you need to do for this book?

This is a book that is more about the romance than anything else. It required very little research since it is set in my hometown. The only thing that I researched was tiny things, such as, car types and the cost of certain items.


Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?

Oh dear, since it’s an erotic romance I’d better not answer that one, lol!


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.

I’m currently working on the final instalment of the Sinners Series. Sinners of Water and Fire, a paranormal romance. The Sinners Series is an entire world of the supernatural including Vampire, Werewolves, Shape shifters, Changeling, Gods, Goddesses, Druids, and most importantly the town of Jackson Station.  


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

I’m a full-time writer so I learned long ago that I would have to set working hours if I intended to get anything done. I will write anytime that I have the urge, but I set 4 hours aside each day in which everything goes off except my Word program. I have little pieces of paper crammed everywhere and stuck to everything but I swear that it is a filing system that I understand. Once all of those notes/ideas are added to my manuscript, all of those tiny papers and notebooks go into a canvas bag. Each of my books has its own bag.


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

I prefer complete silence but if I’m in need of inspiration then I will write to music.


What prompted you to self-publish your current book?

I started out my writing career as a published writer, but after my second book released I realized that it was not the right decision for me. I am a bit of a control freak and I recognized that I could do more with my work if I was the one in charge. I bought out of my contracts and started over as an Indie. I now have 20 titles available and I have not regretted that decision. I have nothing against traditional publishing and things could change for me in the future, but for now, I’m happy to be where I am.


What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?

1) Faith is stubborn and she didn’t want the life I planned for her.

2) I had to put this book on the back burner in order to meet a deadline on Sinners 3. It was hard for me to reconnect with my characters after setting them aside for so long.

3) Something just felt wrong and I couldn’t decide what it was, but after setting it aside I realized that it had way too many characters and I trimmed a few out.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

Writer’s block is usually a sign that something is wrong with your story. I have to sit back and think about what that something is. Am I going in the wrong direction? Am I trying to force my characters to do something that is not in their true nature? Those are some of the questions that I ask myself. If that doesn’t work, I start to think about if I really know my characters at all, and I focus on them. It may seem crazy but sometimes the tiniest detail is what ends up setting me free. I think, how did she feel about her parents? Was she a happy child? What is her favourite colour? What type foods does she like? My hope is that getting to know them better will help me tell their story the way it was meant to be told.


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. You never know how much you can do or how far you can go until you try.


Genre

What genre does your book fall into? This particular title is Erotic Romance but I write in several genres.

How did you get interested in this specific genre? I started out strictly romance, but after trying my hand at erotica it seems that I cannot turn back. My sex scenes are too spicy to list as a simple romance.  


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

Let me first say that I am inspired by all writers. It takes a lot of courage to pour your soul onto paper then sit back and watch quietly as the world judges it loudly.

1) My mom, Regina Puckett, for proving it can be done.

2) Author, Jude Deveraux, for inspiring my love of romance.

3) Author, Jennifer Wilde, for starting me down the path of a life-long love of reading.


What was your favourite book as a child?

Pippy Longstocking


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn.


What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?  

Indie Authors Make Better Lovers by Vonda Norwood. It cracked me up.


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

I will always love a paperback simply because I do. I even love the way they smell, but I have gone the way of the Kindle to save my family from having to swim through books in order to get to their rooms.


Hollywood is calling

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?

Carter Monroe-Hugh Jackman~ he is around the right age and is an amazing actor.

Faith Hope- Emilia Clarke~ Faith is hardened yet vulnerable at the same time and I can see this actress pulling off that role.

Adam Monroe- Sam Worthington~ there is two very distinct sides to Adam so it would need to be an actor who could pull off spoiled rich and bad boy.

Serenity Hope-Jennifer Lawrence~ I think she’s wonderful.

Tristan Daniels-Chris Helmsworth~ um...just perfect in every way.


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

Alex Clare~ he is known for caring more about the music than the money and that’s what makes his music great. I’d want that sort of dedication behind my storyline.


Favourites

Drink – Pepsi

Meal – Anything Mexican

Holiday destination – The beach (I don’t care which one)

TV programmeBig Bang Theory

FilmThe Hunger Games

Method of travel – whatever gets me there fastest.

Sport – To watch/Football


How can people connect with you?

Website: http://www.charityparkerson.com

Blog: http://charity-thesinners.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CharityParkerso

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorCharityParkerson


Where can readers find details of all your books?

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk