Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing Charity Parkerson, author of SATED: A DARK ROMANCE, LUST & LONGING, UNSURPASSED, BLUE CHEESECAKE, THE ASSIGNMENT, BRYANT: MMA ROMANCE, BRANDON, and CYBORG, amongst her many works, and welcome her to my blog.
Charity Parkerson, author photograph
Q: For how long have you been writing?
A: As a teenager, I wrote really bad poetry that—thankfully—disappeared over the years. In my mid-twenties, I wrote my first fiction piece and I haven’t stopped since.
Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?
A: I have a few true-to-life experiences hidden inside my books.
Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?
A: My kids are school age. During the school year, I unplug during those hours and write as much as I can. Once the summer hits, I try to write more at night after they’re in bed so my daytime hours are free to spend with them.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: Oddly, it’s not one I write. I love historical romances and new adults written in the first person. I don’t write either of those.
Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?
A: Too many to name.
Q: I enjoyed reading BLUE CHEESECAKE, and liked the deft blend of erotica, science fiction and subtle humor, which added a layer of spice and fun to the narrative. What inspired you to create this story?
A: A few years ago, there was a monthly writing contest known as The Mistress of the Darkpath. Each month, the mistress would post a list of requirements for each story and you had to include each element to qualify for the win. A secret list of Amazon top reviewers chose the top three stories and then readers voted. Blue Cheesecake was born from one of those stories, combined with readers demand the story go in an erotic direction and a running joke I have with another author—Scott Mallory. I love to make people laugh and sigh. If I can accomplish both in one story, it feels like a success.
Q: Amongst your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?
A: I have a few that mean a great deal to me. Sated is probably the closest to my heart. Almost a year ago, I had an episode at the mall while shopping with my kids. I bent over to check out an item on the bottom shelf, and BOOM, it was as if I’d been hit in the chest with a sledgehammer and I couldn’t draw another breath. A trip to the ER later, I learned there’s a problem with my heart, and my life changed forever. Everything I’ve always done was suddenly lost to me. I went from daily trips to the pool with my kids and going to theme parks, to nothing. A trip up the stairs wipes me out. It was life-altering in more ways than the eye can see. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. I simply wanted to hurt, be angry, rage, and generally grieve in my own way. One night, I sat down and started writing Sated. Every ounce of helplessness and fury toward life went inside. Arbor Sinclair became this character who felt out of control and nothing made sense to her. She feared she was losing her mind and was scared to reach out. By the end, I’d accepted my life as it is now, as much as anyone can. I’m not sure what I would’ve done without it. It’s my hope that people read that story, see my soul there, and love it.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?
A: Love Supernatural!! Jensen Ackles. Yum!
Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?
A: If I’m not writing, and I have a spare moment, I love to read. Rarely do I do much else.
Q: You are a versatile writer in terms of genres, tackling stories in the erotica, romance, paranormal, and science fiction genres. Would you like to write stories in any other genres?
A: It’s not really a genre, but I’m determined to write a story in first person one of these days. I love to challenge myself.
Q: You have written quite a few books in a series format, such as your Society of Sinners series. What is the attraction for you in writing books that have multiple parts?
A: Usually, I start a book with no intention of a second part. Then the craziest thing always happens, I fall in love with a secondary character, and I need to tell their story.
Q: Are you left-handed, or right-handed? Being a left-hander, it is interesting to see how many writers are either one or the other, or ambidextrous.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?
A: Currently, I have several things going. Book 6 of my No Rival series, Undamaged, is in editing with my publisher Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Book 2 of my Wrecked series, Spent, is in the beginning stages. Mostly, I’m focused on Book 4 of my Ugly Eternity series, Heart’s Duo.
It’s been a labor of love. It’s more realistic and true-to-life than anything I’ve ever written, which has made readers unhappy. Everyone loves a HEA rather than a HFN, but life is rarely that way, and I had to stay true to myself and my characters.
I think everyone has known that one perfect couple who everyone thinks will last forever. When they don’t, their friends are forced to choose a side or never speak the other half’s name again. That’s Ugly Eternity. When the perfect couple splits, each book takes you through the different sides of the story to where that character ends up. Book 4 will be the truth. I hope to show how manipulations, misunderstands, and good intentions led them to where they are today. And of course, everyone will finally have their HEA, just probably not with who the reader envisioned.
I am certain you will join me in thanking Charity today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Charity, she is available on:
*Barnes and Noble
– Charity’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below:
SATED by Charity Parkerson
LUST & LONGING by Charity Parkerson
UNSURPASSED by Charity Parkerson
BLUE CHEESECAKE by Charity Parkerson
THE ASSIGNMENT by Charity Parkerson
BRYANT: MMA ROMANCE by Charity Parkerson
BRANDON by Charity Parkerson
CYBORG by Charity Parkerson