Graham Parke lives in the Netherlands with his wife and son. He’s 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.
You can visit his website at www.grahamparke.com.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Graham. Can you tell us what your latest book, No Hope for Gomez! is all about?
Gomez Porter is many things; a reluctant antiques dealer, an experimental drug trail participant, a stalker-stalker (someone who stalks other stalkers), but now he has become a fugitive as well. Exactly who is after him, he isn’t sure. He decides to help the police infiltrate the drug trail as many of its participants are going missing. But when 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 stay alive long enough to discover the truth behind the mysterious events in his life.
Oh yeah, and there’s also a nurse with big boobs!
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how was writing this novel different from writing your first?
‘No Hope for Gomez!’ is my fiction debut.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
The reactions to ‘No Hope..’ have been overwhelmingly positive. Something that was quite a surprise to me. I’d be the first to admit that it’s a weird little book.
I also recently received the first review in which I’m referred to as a genius. While this particular reviewer was of course way too generous (I still have trouble distinguishing left from right on a good day) it was fun as it allowed for a nice experience; the following morning my wife and three-year old son got up early and my wife asked my son, ‘Is Daddy a genius?’ To which he answered, ‘No. Daddy is sleeping.’
Which is probably closer to the truth than anyone’s gotten so far.
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
Writing ‘No Hope..’ was an absolute joy. As soon as I’d figured out who Gomez was and what he was up to, I had an almost unstoppable stream of ideas. I ended up having to cut bits out rather than getting stuck.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
Every day is different, but I like to work on new ideas early in the morning and late at night. The time in between is for re-writing, clowning around with my website and forum, and working on plot.
Q: What book changed your life?
In all honesty, I would probably have to say The Highway Code. Knowing the traffic rules has saved my life on numerous occasions.
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
Whatever it was that I said, I certainly didn’t mean it that way. Also, I’d really like people to know that I’ll be giving away signed copies of a new Gomez novella. It’s not available anywhere else and I’ll be sending copies off 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.” — Book Pleasures
“The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius.” — Readers Favorite
“[this] is a veritable page turner of nonstop laughs. Buy a copy and find out for yourself!” — Reader Views
“A Novel in the Style of Our Time. His is a clever mind.” — Grady Harp
“[No Hope] is swift, light, and fun with a great flow. Reading it feels like listening to a friend tell a story.” Beth’s Book review
You can pick up your copy of Graham Parke’s No Hope for Gomez at Amazon.