Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced. No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I was born and raised in the Netherlands. As a writer, I absolutely believe the Netherlands to be the perfect place to live if you like year-round gray skies. Sadly, I don’t. As for writing, I’ve pretty much been making stuff up ever since I learned to read and write; I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t working on at least a story or two.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers will take away from it?
No Hope for Gomez! is the strange little tale of Gomez Porter, who is many things; a reluctant antiques dealer, an experimental drug trail participant, a stalker-stalker (someone who stalks other stalkers). And, just recently, he’s also become a fugitive.
Exactly who is after him, he isn’t sure. When he decides to help the police infiltrate the drug trail, as many of its participants are going missing, the chief investigator himself disappears. Gomez decides it’s best to strike out on his own. Hounded by a meddling neighbor, a phone-sex salesman (someone who… no idea), and a crazed stalker, he tries to discover the truth behind the mysterious events in his life.
Oh yeah, and there’s also a nurse with big boobs.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Well, every day is different, but I like to work on new ideas early in the mornings and late at night. I tend to choose other times for re-writing, clowning around with my website and forum, and working on plot.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Well, at the risk of sounding realistic, if you don’t know what to write about, or you have no idea what should happen next in your story, you have to ask yourself what value it will be to your readers. These people are donating their hard earned cash as well as their time, so you owe it to them to come up with something special. If your current work isn’t making your brain tingle, it won’t make your readers’ brains tingle either. Get rid of it. Be brave; throw it out. Start on something else. Something new and different. Start on nothing, for a while, if that’s what it takes.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
I think it might very well be that feeling at the end of the day, when you read back your words, and think, ‘Good, I could never have written that.’
Advice for other writers?
Yes. Give it up. Please. Especially the big guys, like Stephen King and Douglas Coupland. Who needs that kind of competition, really?
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’ll be giving away signed copies of a limited edition novella set in the Gomez universe. It’s not available for purchase, but I’ll be sending copies to readers periodically from my forum. You can get there thru; www.grahamparke.com.
Reviews for No Hope for Gomez!
“Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature.” — California Chronicle
“The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius.” — Readers Favorite
“A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs. Buy a copy and find out for yourself!” — Reader Views
Visit Graham on the web @ www.grahamparke.com and www.goodreads.com/author/show/3234105.Graham_Parke.