Author Interview: Graham Parke – No Hope for Gomez

Welcome to Author Graham Parke


Bio:

Graham Parke is 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:

Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

Find Graham’s blog here.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I would love to travel to the future and have a chat with my future self. Then I’d steal some of his ideas. He won’t mind, I don’t think. Or at least I know for a fact that he will not have minded before…
How did you know you should become an author?

I guess like many authors I just found the act of writing books and stories so much easier than that of _not_ writing them. They basically need to come out and it is much less painful when you let them.
I don’t think many people sit down to make a career choice and come up with ‘author’, much like the number of enthusiasts for a vacancy as torture victim are, I suspect, quite low. In both cases, however, it’s very much a matter of not having much choice about the matter. Most children, when they learn to read and write, develop an immediate immunity to needing to put their ideas to paper. They understand inherently that nothing good is likely to come of it and more healthy pursuits are to be found aplenty. They realize that there is no intrinsic value to a witty turn of phrase or a hearty one-liner.
Authors on the other hand never really evolve past this point. This condition has yet to be recognized by the medical community.
Which authors have influence you most how?

I think most authors are influenced almost equally by two different kinds of peers. One being the peers whose writing makes you think; ‘That was nice, but I could have done that so much better.’ The other making you think; ‘Damn, I could never have done that so well.’ It is probably a good idea to read from both categories in a balanced measure.
What is your dream cast for your book?

I’m told that authors often have someone in mind when they write up a character. An actor, a relative, or just some dude they caught going through their garbage. I don’t really write that way. I didn’t have anyone in mind when I created the characters in NHfG! but discussions I’ve followed on the topic made me come up with my own list. Here’s a few names:
Danny Trejo.
Gomez runs a little antiques shop. He knows nothing about antiques, however, and is often harassed by customers that do. Danny Trejo would make an excellent expert customer. He plays most of the mean looking Mexican characters in American movies. I can see the scene right now; Trejo walks into the store, sleeveless leather jacket, tattoos all over the place, biker grimace. He picks up an obscure, dust covered antique and proceeds to complain about how puzzling it is that it resembles some of the more notable pieces of the Louis Philippe period, while its refinement and detailing is more in line with Louis XIV style.
For that scene alone I’d watch the movie.
Steve Buscemi.
One of Gomez’ customers is a mysterious sombrero wearing stranger. He infiltrates the antiques store in various guises with vague and eerie goals. Steve Buscemi would be perfect for this role. I don’t really need a reason to believe this; Steve should be in every movie. Fine, if you insist; just picture Steve in a business suit, wearing a sombrero and sandals, going around trying to make friends. Would you be his friend? Of course you would, don’t lie. You’d be his friend if only to see what would happen next.
Other people I would really love to see in the movie are Paul Giamatti, Lacy Chabert, and the dude who’s currently going through my garbage (he has a rough but intense way about him.)
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

As they all came from my brain at one point, a little bit of me is in each of them I suppose. I also use of lot of inner voice when I’m writing characters. You know, that little voice that gets bored in meetings or in class and wants to act out? That little voice that, just for fun, tries to convince you that you look stupid when you go out in public?
It’s the one telling you that you forgot your keys and that your fly is open. Even though you checked not two minutes ago.
But the most interesting situations arise when your characters adopt ideas and values you as a writer do not share, but can understand at some level. 

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