Tag Archives: humor suspense

Interview with Graham Parke: ‘No Hope for Gomez’

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Author Interviews

Graham Parke’s debut novel No Hope for Gomez will leave you in cyber-stitches

It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.

This is the exciting premise of a just released book by Graham Parke. No Hope for Gomez (Outskirts Press) is Graham’s fiction debut that I’m sure humor suspense lovers are going to enjoy.

No Hope for Gomez focuses on Gomez Porter who becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial and is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, his neighbor boiling salamanders on his balcony at midnight, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science.

But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.

California Chronicle calls it “Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature…”

Reader Views says, “No Hope for Gomez! by Graham Parke is a very funny book; a veritable page turner of nonstop laughs…”

Readers Favorite calls it “The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius…”

If you’d like to find out more about Graham Parke and his new book, No Hope for Gomez, visit his website at www.grahamparke.com. If you’d like to purchase his book online, you can visit Amazon for purchasing information.

Graham Parke will be on virtual book tour throughout the months of April and May 2010. If you’d like to follow his tour, click here to find out where he’ll be touring and to find out more about this talented and very funny author!

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Spotlights