Before Michael sent me the material for his guest post, I had no idea he had written so many books. I read ‘Hell’s Gate some years ago, I grabbed it as it was set in east Africa, and really enjoyed it. I must look out for some of his other books. It was a surprise to learn that he also lived in the same province of Spain as I do now.
Michael Parker: my story.
I have been writing thrillers for many years and have experienced the highs and lows of being a writer. My first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published in 1980.
I was married to Patricia for sixty years and so very sad to say, she passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.
(That is very, very sad to hear and I’m sure all our thoughts and loving wishes go out to Michael at this difficult time.
We lived in Spain for seventeen years, moving back to England in 2014. We have four sons, ten grandchildren and three great grandsons. My hobby is writing, of course, and to date I have had fourteen novels published (nine in hardback). You can see my list in Author Central. My other hobbies are (were) snooker, speedway, football and music. I used to play snooker every week, watch football and speedway, and used to play the keyboard (not too well). I am a born again Christian and played keyboard in my fellowship in Spain for several years. I worked as a maintenance technician most of my adult life, serving sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, and about seventeen years with a food manufacturer. I retired in 1996 (I was fifty-five years old) and moved out to Spain a year later with Pat. We are now living at Pagham in West Sussex. Other jobs I have done include Merchant Seaman, office boy, and general maintenance for a chicken farmer!
I have received many excellent comments about my writing, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers and used to be a contributing editor with them.
In 2009, I worked on a global project with eleven other writers and produced a novel called PASSAGE TO REDEMPTION. This is now available as a POD novel and Kindle by Acclaimed Books Ltd. (www.acclaimedbooks.com) of which I am an associate.
My thriller novel titled THE BOY FROM BERLIN, which was released in December 2011, was published by Harlequin who purchased (leased) the English language paperback rights for North America and Canada for five years along with THE EAGLE’S COVENANT.
Meanwhile my current paperbacks: NORTH SLOPE; A COVERT WAR; ROSELLI’S GOLD; HELL’S GATE; THE DEVIL’S TRINITY; SHADOW OF THE WOLF; PAST IMPERFECT; A DANGEROUS GAME; WHERE THE WICKED DWELL; and NO TIME TO DIE are available on Amazon and other major outlets through Draft2Digital publishing.
My title, PAST IMPERFECT, a romance with a hard-edged back story, was released by my London publisher, Hale, in January 2015 — I never expected my publisher to accept it. The e-book followed in February. This is a romance with a rough-edged back story. Something of a change from my other titles. It is now available in paperback.
I have also published a non-fiction work titled: A WORD IN YOUR EAR (How God changed my retirement plans). This is an anecdotal account of how I became a born-again Christian after moving to Spain, even though I had no plans to do anything of the kind when we moved out there. I eventually preached at Christian fellowships around the Costa Blanca area and the book contains some of my earlier sermons. It is available on Amazon.
Most recent news: Joffe Books, one of the indie world’s successful on-line publishers, will be relaunching my romance, PAST IMPERFECT this coming autumn.
Thank you so much, Michael, for being my guest this week.
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Stay safe and take care.