Thursday, May 23, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Rhonda Parrish

Do you write in different genres?

I do. I think most of my work falls under the speculative umbrella (fantasy and horror, to be specific) but certainly not all of it. Some of my stuff, my poetry in particular, is pretty mainstream. I don't read from just one genre either though, so why should I limit what I write? That doesn't seem fun LOL

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I surrendered to it. No, really. I have an affection for short titles, so I knew I wanted something short but ideally I'd have liked something a little less blunt than "Aphanasian Stories" but after weeks of trying and rejecting title after title I just surrendered to the inevitable and called the book what it is. A collection of stories set in Aphanasia. It works ;)

What book are you reading now?

I'm reading several books right now. A collection of Ray Bradbury's short stories (it's a HUGE collection and I am only reading a story or two at a time so it's going to take a while), Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, which is a YA thriller that so far is fantastic, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (which has been rather slow going), The Genehunter by Simon Kewin and The 50th Battalion in No Man's Land by Victor W. Wheeler. Two of my great grandfathers fought in the 50th Battalion so I feel a personal connection to that book.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I'm always writing short stories and poetry and have several works forthcoming in magazines and anthologies and I plan to self-publish my zombie poetry collection before the year is out (like the work in Aphanasian Stories many of the poems have been previously published). I'm also editing an anthology of speculative stories with a cancer theme called Metastasis ( I'm super excited about that project. We'll be donating at least 50% of the proceeds from it to charity so not only will we have a fantastic book when we're done, but also be able to help do some good in the fight against cancer.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Hmm… what to pick. Oh, I know! This is one of the poems that will be in my zombie poetry collection. It was originally published in Everyday Weirdness in 2010.
White Noise
By Rhonda Parrish

Every station
ran the same thing
over and over
"This is not a test!"
All but one.

A Christian station
Sermons interspersed with donation calls
twenty four hours a day.

An atheist, she still listened
if only to hear a human voice
express an emotion
other than fear.

Still, looking out at the undead
shambling masses that filled the street
she had to chuckle when the preacher
offered eternal life
as some sort of reward.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting my butt in the chair and getting it done. I love asking myself 'what if' and coming up with stories. What I struggle with the most is sitting my butt down and writing the first draft.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

My husband. I commissioned the illustration from Darek Zabrocki a while ago to use as the cover for my story, Lost and Found and I love it so much that when I decided to bundle these stories up into a collection I knew that had to be the cover illustration. Happily for me my husband was able to take that art and the design I envisioned for the cover and, not only bring it to life, but make it even more awesome than I ever imagined.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Oh hells no LOL I wish I did but I'm still feeling my way through and trying to figure out things myself. I suppose, though, if I were forced to offer something for advice it would be don't give up.

We've chosen a tough road for ourselves and sometimes it seems like it just goes on and on with disappointment after frustration but don't give up. If you do everything you've gone through will be for nothing, and you'll never know what would have been just over the next hill.

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Aphanasian Stories
Rhonda Parrish

Genre: Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1481249478

Number of pages: 182
Word Count: About 56,000

Cover Artist: Darek Zabrocki

Book Description:

Three of Rhonda Parrish’s beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!

A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.

About the Author:

When she isn't being crafty, playing video games or procrastinating, Rhonda writes fantasy, YA and horror stories and poems. Also, she loves sushi.

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Debby said...

Interesting about the title. Glad you stuck with it.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Rhonda Parrish said...

Thanks Debby, I'm glad it worked out too :)

Also thank you to Roxanne for hosting me here :)