The past couple of months have been ridiculously busy here at Bloomin’ Brilliant Books and resulted in a two week break from my regular Author Influences feature. I’m pleased to say that it is back today and I have the pleasure of being joined by Jake Parent. Jake has written two novels – Only The Devil Tells The Truth and Cristina – and I will be reading and reviewing Cristina in the future. Anyway, enough of me blabbering on, I will hand you over to Jake to tell you about the books and authors who have influenced him.
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
My favorite author as a kid was Roald Dahl. I also read a lot of Hardy Boys books. Oh, and fantasy. And Stephen King. I just loved books!
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
I definitely liked the reading and writing part. I’ve never been one for rules, so when it came to the nit-picky grammar stuff I was a little turned off. That being said, you have to know the rules to break them.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I read a wide variety of books, and I think all have a lot to teach a writer. I’m definitely a fan of fast paced narratives though, especially in recent years. And that has been a huge influence on my writing style.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
Well, so far I’ve written a coming of age novel (Only the Devil Tells the Truth), and a psychological thriller (Cristina). Although their subject matter is different, I think the style and storytelling is similar enough that readers have connected with both in similar ways. So I’m interested in stretching that a bit. My next project is a crime fiction thriller series starring a female detective.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
There are too many to mention them all, but a couple who are great inspirations for me are Charles Bukowski and Maya Angelou. Two totally different writers with two totally different styles. Yet, I think at the heart of each is an ability to dig through pain and suffering and the ugliness of the world in order to ultimately highlight the sparks of beauty that make life worth living.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
Not really. My approach to reading is really to follow my instincts and intellectual curiosity, usually onto whatever is available at the library when I finish the book I’m currently reading.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
Plenty of classics fit that mold – Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn. And lots of new books, articles, movies, too. I’m constantly amazed by how many great writers there are out there.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
As the father of a new daughter, I wanted to celebrate the strength and courage I’ve seen in so many women throughout my life. The book is dedicated to single moms, of which Cristina is one. It was a challenge to write a female main character, but my hope is I did women everywhere some justice.
A huge thank you Jake for taking part!
Jake’s psychological thriller Cristina is out now and here is what it is about:
Driven by a desperate need to escape her past, Cristina Rodriguez moves into a picturesque hilltop home with an ocean view. The same place where, four years earlier, a young girl was kidnapped and murdered.
At first, both the house and the scenic California beach town seem perfect. Fresh air. Fresh faces. And the ocean is just ten minutes away. But as Cristina and her daughter set about rebuilding their lives, they soon discover that the past is not about to let go so easily.
A gripping psychological thriller by a #1 Amazon bestselling author, Cristina will grab you from the first page and keep you guessing until the very end.
Jake Parent is the author of Cristina, a new psychological suspense novel. His first book, Only the Devil Tells the Truth, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, John Steinbeck, Honoré de Balzac, Ella Fitzgerald, John Sanford, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Hemingway, Greg Graffin, Pablo Picasso, Rickey Henderson, and Mac Dre. He grew up in San Jose, CA but now lives in the Washington, DC area. Sign up to receive alerts about new releases from Jake Parent (and that’s the only thing that ever gets sent to this list): http://eepurl.com/bXzepr
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