Author Interview #26, with author/playwright/management consultant Jerome Parisse, who grew up in France where he developed a love for language, literature, and good food!
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Hi Jerome! Describe yourself in 5 words:
I love a good laugh!
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Here’s a short blurb of Body Swap:
William and his friend Pat receive a text message plea from cyberspace from a girl called Stephanie, who pretends to have exited her body during a coma! When William ends up trapped in Stephanie’s body and shut out of his own, the two boys find themselves in their worst nightmare. And time is running out…
Here’s an excerpt from Body Swap:
William had never spoken with the dead before.
He hadn’t had an out of body experience either nor met a person other than through their body.
In fact, he hadn’t even tried. And if anybody had asked him whether he wanted to, he would probably have said: ‘Thanks. But no, thanks.’ William believed that the disembodied are dead — and because they’ve shed the body, they’re not there to talk to any more. You may as well try to forget them and move on with your life.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
“You’re not taking this seriously,” whispered her daemon.
(The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman)
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Writing and publishing are two sides of the same coin: I write because I want to share stories, ideas and ramblings with others, and publishing is the process that allows me to do just that. I like both writing and publishing as they both offer challenges and rewards. Many writers seem to hate the publishing process, but I find that it brings me closer to my readers and allows me to interact with them, which is what I ultimately want.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
For me, good writing is writing that:
1) Doesn’t draw attention to itself
2) Supports a story
3) Makes you want to read more
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Read, read and read some more! Not only in the genre that you write, but in all genres.
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Much thanks to Mr. Jerome Parisse for the chat! Visit his website for a look at some of his work, including a play, My Sister’s Choice, that makes extensive use of sign language.