Interview with George Earl Parker: Vampyre Blood: Eight Pints of Trouble

George Earl Parker is an Author, Singer/Songwriter, and an Artist. As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts. Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, George Earl. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

George Earl Parker: I’ve been writing in some fashion my whole life, song lyrics, stories, scripts.

TWL: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

George Earl Parker: I wanted to know if there was a way to redeem the ultimate bad boy, and I’m happy to report there was.

TWL: What kind of research was involved in writing Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble?

George Earl Parker: I had to research blood, Goth music, vampyre lore, New Orleans, wise guys, lawyers, gypsy acrobats, giant pizza pies, sex, wizards, and rock clubs. Basically all of the elements it takes to make an excitingly satisfying story.

TWL: Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

George Earl Parker: Just like life really, sometimes it’s bumpy, sometimes it’s smooth, and sometimes it’s just downright boring.

TWL: For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

George Earl Parker: Probably a couple of months.

TWL: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

George Earl Parker: I had an agent once, but he disappeared when the rejection slips started coming in.

TWL: Do you plan subsequent books?

George Earl Parker: Yes, I have another idea I’m playing with.

TWL: Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

George Earl Parker: I like to write in bed in a five star hotel when it’s raining outside. I don’t like to miss anything.

TWL: If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

George Earl Parker: A Super bowl ad.

TWL: How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

George Earl Parker: I am on a virtual book tour, and I’ve just released a new song called, Out Of The Ice. It’s an appropriate title I think.

TWL: What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

George Earl Parker: I think people give up their dreams when they start listening to people who are afraid to have any.

TWL: Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

George Earl Parker: Keep polishing, a pearl becomes a pearl with continual polishing.

TWL: Thank you for your interview, George Earl, I wish you much success!

George Earl Parker: You are most welcome, and thank you.
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