MA: Michael Parker worked as a maintenance technician in the Royal Air Force and the food industry. His primary trade is electrician. He was in the Merchant navy for a couple of years before joining the RAF. He has also worked in the Middle East. Michael retired at 55 and moved out to Spain with his wife Pat.
Following that Navy career, why did you choose to write novels?
MP: I didn’t choose; it is something I have had in me for as long as I can remember. I’m not interested in poetry or short story writing.
MA: You are a prolific writer – seven published novels – please tell us about some of them.
MP: I wrote NORTH SLOPE, published by Macmillan in 1980. The novel is a thriller and was inspired by the search for oil on the North Slope of Alaska in 1968. I was described as a ‘Gifted Narrator’ by the Financial Times. The accolade didn’t seem to help with my writing career, and I have since taken care not to attribute too much to reviewers’ opinions, good or bad.
MA: How did you develop the character of your protagonist?
MP: In my first book, NORTH SLOPE, I based the main character on the actor, Anthony Quinn, and imagined how he would portray the character in a film. He’s tough, determined, and a trust of his own gut instincts. His weakness was alcohol which he overcame.
MA: Who is the antagonist in the novel?
MP: One who many people believed I should not have killed off. This was Conor Lenihan, ex IRA terrorist and SAS soldier who was the ‘star’ of THE EAGLE’S COVENANT’. Even now I wonder if I should resurrect him, but as a writer I believe I have a moral duty to stay on the side of good against evil.
MA: I imagine with your love of writing novels that you have something planned for the future?
MP: I am now waiting the publication of THE BOY FROM BERLIN in December. In the meantime I am in the process of publishing my novels in paperback and Kindle. Two of these are now available on Amazon: NORTH SLOPE and A COVERT WAR. I am currently researching my next novel, which is set on the Mexico/USA border.
MA: Is there anything else you would like to tell my readers or potential reviewers out there?
MP: My reference to reviewers should point out that the comments I value the most are those that come from strangers who have nothing to gain by saying how good or bad I am. One chap phoned his daughter in Spain at 11.30 one evening to say he had missed his favourite TV programme because he couldn’t put my book down (THE EAGLE’S COVENANT). I have had other comments similar to that, which I really do value. Unfortunately they rarely sell books!
My website will give you a better insight into the type of person I am and what kind of novels I write. www.michaeljparker.com