Last night, patrons of One More Page Books in Arlington, VA were blessed with the presence of Brad Parks, crime fiction writer extraordinare!
Brad started out with a reading of his second book, Eyes of the Innocent. Following is a sampling of that reading:
I apologize in advance for the quality of the recording. I went right to the event from work and I didn’t have my video camera on me. Instead, I used the movie feature on my digital camera.
Brad then answered questions from the audience. He spoke of his writing process (he writes at least 1,000 words a day, every day) and how different (or not!) life is in his new home in a small, Southern Town than what it was in New Jersey. He learned a lot from his writing process for his first book; it took over a year to complete. Without any looming deadlines, Parks was allowed to make excuses not to write. But when given a deadline for his second book (his wife was expecting their second child at the time and the book was due to his publisher within days of the due date), Parks was forced to be much more structured and dedicated to writing the book. His first book, he feels, suffered due to the lack of a structure in his schedule.
A visit from Brad Parks isn’t complete with a sampling of his outstanding singing voice. Brad actually sang twice, I was so enamored by his voice I completely forgot to tape the first round. Instead, following is the song Parks ended the event with, Somewhere Over the Rainbow:
After signing books, the evening came to a close with discussions on Brad’s next visit when his third book is released. There was talk of wine being served; by printing this it guarantees this will happen 🙂 It was a wonderful evening, by far one of the best author events I have ever attended!
*Update: Brad saves the day! Click here to listen to Brad singing “Hey There” from The Pajama Game, the first song he sang to his adoring crowd.
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