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Interview: George Earl Parker, Author of Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints Of Trouble

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George Earl Parker is an artist, singer/songwriter, director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, and is now able to add author to the running list of talents, with his debut novel Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble.  Mr. Parker has also received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  In addition to having his art exhibited around the country in museums and galleries,  George Earl Parker has had three of his songs climb the European Country Music Association charts.

I am pleased to share with readers an interview with this talented man and hope that you take the time to check out his debut novel, Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble, as well as his art and his music, which you can discover more about at his website!

First of all, could you tell us a bit about Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble? What is the story about, who are the characters, etc.

When Count Dracula gives up his evil ways and joins a Goth rock band on a tour of America, he donates blood in order to find a lawyer, and ends up saving a life, which changes his fate forever.

Populated by loveable rogues, scheming lawyers, and thieving gypsies, Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble is an insane romp through New Orleans, illustrating the intensity of our human desire to get what we want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble? Could you share that with us, please?

This is an excerpt from the beginning of the book, after Count Dracula is cured, but before he steps into the light:

He lingered in the darkest shadows staring at a shimmering pool of white light as the roar of a thousand dragons filled his ears. Like a tragic lover in a mystery play seeking the most ardent of his heart’s desires, he had often stood in such fashion, lusting after one sweet caress, while restraining himself from leaping into the soft warm glow.

“She lives to enchant,” he murmured. “She is a temptress, sometimes cold and sometimes hot, but always alluring.”

Her radiance had beguiled him for centuries: what would it be like if he fell under her spell? What dreams awaited him? What nightmares? What adventures?

What do you want readers to take away from reading Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble?

That being human is being vulnerable to forces beyond our control. That we have wildly differing points of view. And that it sure is fun watching other people deal with sticky situations.
What was the most fun about writing Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble?

The New Orleans wise guys, Joey ‘The Suit,” Oggie “The Bulldozer,” & Eddie “The Fish.”

What was the hardest part about writing Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble?

Getting up at midnight and working till dawn.

What kind of research did you do for Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble?

I did a lot of internet research, blood, Goths, music, wise guys, lawyers, gypsy acrobats, giants pizzas, all the things you need to create an exciting story.

Could you please tell us about your writing process?

I like to get characters into an untenable situation and then try to write them out of it.

Do you ever put yourself within your characters?

All my characters are me, or an anti me to some degree.

Do you have any particular habits that you take part in while writing? By that I mean certain music you like to listen to, foods you like to eat, environment that helps you write better, etc.

It has to be quiet, that’s why I like to write in the middle of the night, no disturbances in the ether, nothing at all just clear communication.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations?

From somewhere deep within, and somewhere far without, and the strangest thing is they both feel like the same place.

How did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Was there any authors or books that made you think "Wow, that's what I want to do – craft stories of my own for others to read"?

I entered an essay contest run by Cadbury’s Chocolates when I was nine or 10 years old, and when I came in second they gave me tons of chocolate. That was the day I made up my mind to get better at it, because I like chocolate.

What make you take that leap from "wanting" to be a writer, as opposed to "becoming" a writer? Many talk of being a writer and dip their toes in, but it seems there is often a sort of "push" to bring one over that wall.

You are referring to finding your voice. Up until that moment you are just a bundle of good intentions that never really accomplishes anything. When you find your voice however, you suddenly have something to say, and people want to listen. That is the paradigm shift you are referring to.

How do you come up with the names of your characters? It almost seems as though, as an author, you have the continuous fun of naming children!

I try to insert an infinitesimal amount of their character into their name.

Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?

I used to love Noddy. A character created by Enid Blyton, it used to scare the heck out of me. She also created the Famous Five, and she is one of the most translated authors in the world.

If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?

Rules are made to be broken.

What are you working on right now? Could you give us a taste/teaser (aka excerpt) from your current WIP?

I am writing a book about teenage angst manifesting itself in strange new dimensions.

What are you reading right now?

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Charles Dickens, Carlos Castaneda, Mickey Spillane, Tom Robbins.

If you could have lunch and chat with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

That would need to be Lao Tzu author of the Tao Te Ching.

What do you hope to accomplish within the next five years?

Another book and at least another album of songs, perhaps two.

Is there anything that you would like to add? That you would like readers to know about you or your writing?

People that laugh are healthier than those that don’t. So don’t take yourself too seriously.

Where can readers get in touch with you? Twitter, Blog, Facebook, etc?

I’m on Facebook, I’m on My Space, I might have a blog coming up.

http://www.georgeearlparker.com/

That address will probably take you everywhere you need to go.

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