Welcome to today's Blog Tour stop for Israel Parker's Green Valley. Below is some exciting information like summary, author info, a short and spectacular interview with the author himself, and a rafflecopter giveaway (for a Kindle Paperwhite and 2 signed copies of the book)!
Green Valley by Israel Parker
Publication Date: November 2013
Publisher: IJP Press
And if this isn't awesome enough for you, Israel Parker was kind enough to answer a few questions!
What gave you the idea for your book?
I don’t know exactly what gave me the idea for the book. My writing process starts with me at the keyboard with a blank page. I don’t outline and don’t plan. Not for a while anyway. After I get some words down, usually around 20,000, I have an idea where the story is going. Then the ideas come from…hell, I don’t know where they come from. I think they’re a combination of what I read in the news, the people I meet, and the books I’ve read in the past. They all come together in a mush that I try to flatten out into my own thoughts. I don’t know if it’s the most efficient process, but it’s the most fun.
If you could sum up the MC in one word, what would it be and why?
Unnatural. The whole story is about the changing world. It tells the story of how nature is and has been manipulated, and motivations of people to manipulate it. It’s a fun, wild ride that will have you wanting to both look away and not able to look away at the same time. I take great pride in ensuring that the details and realism are there for the reader’s enjoyment.
What is your ideal writing environment?
I like to write with the following two different conditions: loud music or complete silence. With my busy schedule however, I just really shoot for a constant. If it’s going to be loud, I just need it to be consistently loud or vice versa. Either way enables me to disengage from the rest of the world and go into the world between my ears.
What are three things you cannot live without right now?
My family. My writing. Books.
What's the most exciting part of having a book published?
This one is easy. Seeing people’s reaction to the story. I love talking with readers afterwards and hearing their thoughts on the story. Recently I received a 3 star review on Amazon in which the reader was simply scared or couldn’t stomach the book. This would probably bother normal people, but I love this kind of feedback. As an artist I want to get a strong reaction from the reader. This shows me that they were moved, whether negatively or positively, and that is what I am after.
In 2004, Israel was stationed at Air Station New Orleans, one of the Coast Guard’s busiest air, search and rescue units. One year later, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the Crescent City. He participated in countless daring rescues. These experiences fueled his desire to tell his stories.
Israel currently is stationed in Barboursville, West Virginia with his wife Melanie, their two children and their faithful Basset Hound, Roxanne. He remains on active duty, serving his country as a Coast Guard Officer.
Now, what you've been waiting for: The giveaway!
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