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Q&A With Courtney Parker

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Check out our Q&A with Courtney Parker, Author of "Runnin' Game"


Whoever said pimpin’ ain’t easy was wrong, because now that Carter’s athletic career is off the ground and running, he has to beat the women off with a stick. Carter’s on top of the world!

Carter Turner is no stranger to life in the fast lane, with a career destined for gold and a girl determined to ride or die, fate finds favor with this young couple. Only just as the icing is put on the cake, the cake begins to crumble under the weight of Carter’s grimy past. With a string of lies straining his relationship and a possible injury threatening his career, Carter Turner is doing what any young player has to do...Runnin’ Game.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to write?



A:   I've been writing since before I could actually read. I use to scribble little poems and pretend
they said whatever came out of mouth at the time.  But I've always written, and love to write.


Q: How many novels in all have you written?


A:  I've written five books total, three as a ghost writer and two under my own name. 


Q:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?



A:  It took me about three months to write the first draft, and I thought I was the greatest, until I had it professionally edited and my editor at the time told me that I was off to a good start, but now I needed to finish the book.  I thought I had finished it, before I realized I had just scratched the surface.  So all in all it took me about eight months to have a completed piece of work.

Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?


A:  I am such a people watcher, that life and people become my inspiration.  Every aspect of my life becomes part of a story.  Which makes the challenging times, worth every sigh, tear or disappointment ever felt.  I literally live to write.


Q: Are the characters based on real people?


A:  Some based on pieces of real people, but moreso exaggerated ideals of real experiences. I wish my life was so interesting, I usually have to fluff some things up.


Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?


A:   No, I've always sought publication. I admire those who self publish.  I however don't exactly have the personality for that, I really am out of my element if I have to be both creator and distributor. So stick to what I do best.


Q:  What feedback have you received from fans?


A: Readers are the best.  It's funny though, how so many people make your ficiton your reality. I have to remind them of that. I love to read though, so it's always fascinating to hear people's comments, be them good or bad.  Thank God mine have been all good...


Q:  What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?


A:  I live for classic literature, I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery...I
can remember reading this in high school but I just love classic tales. As a black author, I've always
admired J. California Cooper, Toni Morrison, and even some of the current hot authors like Nikki Turner and Nancey Flowers.  I'm interested in their stories and these women have such amazing backgrounds that it makes their stories real to me.  If I respect and can relate to your personal story, I'm hooked.


Q:  Is writing your only passion?


A:  No, I have a passion for youth and the impact of society on them. I live in Los Angeles, and am very involved in my church. I've become very conscience of what is being put out there for our youth to absorb, and have taken the responsibility of making sure for now on, I only put things out that I feel comfortable with teens being exposed to.


Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  As long as I continue to grow in my walk with Christ, I'll be exactly where He wants me to be.  My desire is to break into televsion, and have some pretty strong irons in the fire with regards to that.


Q: What advice would you give aspiring authors?


A:   Write because you love it, not for what you think you can gain from it. This is a challenging industry, so if you think you have an excellent story, write it out completely, then seek help.  Always do your part first, and let life and God do the rest.


Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?


A:   That we all fall short of something, and have the ability to rise from that.  I want people to
understand that life is real, drama is a very real factor of that, but inhale all that life
offers...because it truly is a blessing.


Q: Are you working on another novel? If so,  what is it about?                                    


A:  Yes, this one is my favorite so far...Without saying too much, it touches on a very racey


Q: Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?


A:  I'm in Borders, Walden's, most black bookstores and definitely on line...But please know that even if you don't see my book on the shelf, it can definitely be ordered! Make sure you ask bookstores to order a few copies. Demand, gets us black authors out exercise that right.

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