You’ve heard of Angels In the Outfield and Angels Among Us, but have you heard of the new release, Angels Of Interstate 29? If you haven’t, I have a treat for you today.
Author Donald James Parker is joining us here today on Kat Logic to tell us all about his latest release. Before we get into the details of this story, I’d like to introduce Donald to you all and get to know a little more about him.
Katrina: Welcome Donald. Great to have you here today and thank you for joining us. Tell us a bit about your family and what home life is like for you guys.
Donald: I have two daughters aged 24 and 22 years old. I’m in the process of moving from Washington to South Dakota . I get home from work, eat, and work on my computer until bedtime writing, publishing, or marketing. I get home from work, eat, and work on my computer until bedtime writing, publishing, or marketing.
Katrina: At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author?
Donald: Probably about twelve. Incessant reading for pleasure was the principal motivation. I never really wrote as a child so I’ll spare you any puerile samples.
Katrina: Where is your favorite place to write?
Donald: In New Zealand . I’ve never been there. Basically all of my last six novels have been written from my office at home, but I think New Zealand would be a great ambiance to inspire one to write.
Katrina: Now tell us a bit about Angels Of Interstate 29. Give us a little excerpt.
Donald: Tex Harris has just turned 70 and been put out to pasture by his employer. The curtain seems to be falling on his life. Before the obese soprano can vocalize the final notes, Tex discovers there is more to living than a career. After rescuing a damsel in distress on the freeway, he decides the role of hero fits him as well as the white Stetson he always wears. He organizes a group of senior citizens to patrol the highway to help those in need. His quest brings him into contact with Lizzie, an attractive widow who captures his heart. Unfortunately, she also wins the affection of Tex ’s best friend and his newly acquired nemesis. The three compete for Lizzie’s affections as they all experience new things together. Tex learns that being a hero means sometimes means making enemies, but more importantly that discovers that forgiveness is the most wonderful gift of all.
Katrina: Are any of the characters in any of your books modeled after you or any of your emotions? How?
Donald: It’s pretty hard to keep yourself totally out of a book. I don’t expressly write myself into a story, but there’s an old adage that you can only write about what you know. I know myself – how I think, feel, etc. I don’t really know how others think and feel so any attempt to create characters can only be an extrapolation of the knowledge of myself.
Katrina: During your writing, are there ever characters that emerge uninvited?
Donald: I have a whip and a chair, and I’m not afraid to use them to keep my characters in line, so no emerging without permission.
Katrina: Do viewers ever express how your stories have effected their lives?
Donald: I recently had a review from All Book Reviews from a woman in Canada . She said. ” To review this book was incredible timing. Either divine intervention or just plain coincidence, as it came to me in a time of many questions. It has had a positive influence on my life, by encouraging me to reconnect with my roots and beliefs, on my own search for peace.”
Katrina: How do you chose the names of the characters in your books?
Donald: I draw the names out of a hat. I once ended up with a protagonist named 6 7/8. Seriously, I don’t dwell too much on names. Sometimes they are meaningful but usually not. In Reforming the Potter’s clay I consciously created a Salvador (savior), Pedro (Peter – the rock), and Adam. I also had a science teacher named Darwin .
Katrina: How did you decide on the cover of Angels of Interstate 29?
Donald: My latest cover was pretty easy. It’s a love story about senior citizens who decide to patrol the Interstate highway to play good Samaritans. So I needed a shot of the Interstate and a picture of my protagonist and the lady of the story superimposed. I’ve had three different covers for All the (version 2 never made it to production but was featured in a video.
Katrina: Are you involved in any upcoming events we can look for?
Donald: I am trying to arrange some discussions (read debates here) with people in the science world dealing with the topic of Darwin ‘s theory of evolution. Nothing has been scheduled yet. I have done book signings and am not enamored of the use of my time. God has laid on my heart things that need to be written. If I’m out mingling with people so they’ll buy my books, I can’t be at my computer accomplishing my mission of bringing truth to the world. Whereas most writers hope to sell as many books as they can, I’m striving to write things that will get into the hands of the people who need to hear the message. As a result, I offer free downloads of my e-books on my website so everyone can afford them. If I can touch people’s lives and never glean a penny from it, I’ll be successful. In a way, my desire to profit is a conflict of interest with my motivation for writing.
Katrina: Where can the reader find your latest releases?
Donald: donaldjamesparker.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble (online).
Katrina: Thank you so much for being here with us. I’d like to open the comment section to our viewers at this time.