Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Blog Tour Stop: Non Friction by Morgan Parker

Book Title: Non Friction
Author: Morgan Parker
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Hosted By: A Dirty Book Affair


Welcome to my blog! Tell us a little about yourself. What is your name and where do you live now?
My pen name is Morgan Parker and I live just outside of Toronto. That’s in Canada. And yes, it’s cold here, at least it has been this year.

First off, how has your week been?
Busy, but productive. I am publishing a free novella for Valentine’s Day as a way to say thank you to my readers, friends and fans. It’s a small token of my appreciation for the people who make this industry so worthwhile for me.
So tell us where did you come up with the idea to write your book?
Non Friction was inspired by the concept of divorce. Of course, divorce is never a happy life event, but I think there’s a lot of humor in it, especially when one spouse is so obviously too stubborn to see their own fault. With all change in life, there is always a positive twist and that is exactly what I wanted to achieve with Non Friction - show the difficult side, but also the bright sides. In the end, the novel ended up being a tragedy anyway, but quite a few readers have admitted to laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of my character, his frame of mine and the circumstances in which he found himself.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
In Non Friction, I would love to get back to Emma. To my surprise, a lot of readers found her difficult to empathize with. She quite clearly manipulated the main character, but she was also his sole happiness, the one ray of sunshine in his life that allowed him to survive his separation, she inspired him to become a better person. Emma was ultimately that ideal woman that the main character never thought he would or could find. Emma provided him with hope and made him feel things he never believed in (like love). So while Emma was the image of perfection for me, I obviously failed as a writer because most people saw her as a manipulate b-word.

What does your protagonist think about you? Would they want to hang out with you, their author and creator?
My protagonist thinks I’m a dork. I’m a lot more introverted than he is and, being married, life isn’t all about sleeping with women or receiving nasty fan mail. That being said, my protagonist became a lot more like I am toward the end of the novel because, well, that’s what keep life manageable. LOL.

How does your family feel about the book?
My wife loved the story and couldn’t put it down; my mother refused to read beyond the first two chapters because it was too vulgar. Mixed messages…

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Looking back, I should never have given Emma “fake boobs.” I was surprised by how many women with enhanced chests approached me, thinking I was writing about them without even knowing them. Oh well, I’ve made some good friends as a result of that!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If nothing else, I hope readers understand that people don’t understand love properly. It’s not something we’re good at understanding, and it’s definitely not 100% butterflies in the stomach and all of that other stuff of fairy tales and shooting stars.
Do you have plans for a new book?
I do! This will be an exciting year for Morgan Parker. Outside of my free Valentine’s Day novella, I’m working on another romance novel titled Sick Day which is due to be published in May. And later in the year, I have 2 more releases planned, both of which are difficult love stories with a bit of a, um, mind-eff in them. I’d really love to write an easy-going romance novel, but it seems I’m incapable of that.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The only novel where I chose the title first was Sick Day. All others received their name within days of being published, which can get stressful because I can’t imagine that “Untitled” would fly with potential readers.
Well thanks so much for joining me today, Morgan and allowing me to pick your brain. Read on to find out about Morgan's book.
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After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.
His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it. But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other. So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist.
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Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted former banker. Because he could never balance his cash at the end of the banking day, he made up stories in order to keep his job. None of those stories was Textual Encounters, which is great because readers will discover a truly unique and original romance that has never been told before.
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Katie discovers an unlocked iPhone in the back seat of a taxi. But instead of turning it in to the driver as lost, she decides to keep it for herself.
Outside of the usual clutter you would expect to find on a smartphone, what captures Katie's interest is the single conversation she finds on the phone's secure text messaging service, a three-month dialogue between a woman with an uncertain past named Christine and a single, eligible man named Jake. From Strangers to Soulmates in 90 Days What starts out as a message intended for someone else ends up being the beginning of a relationship more powerful than anything Christine or Jake have ever experienced. But nothing ever turns out to be as good as it initially seems and their histories slowly reveal details and past lovers that threaten to derail their humble quest for love. Forgotten In The Back Seat of a New York City Taxi Can Christine and Jake overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, doubts and secrets that endanger their love? If so, why would such a relationship get forgotten in the back seat of a New York City taxi? Presented in a Format Unlike Any Other You Will Find Follow Katie as she reads through the 3 months of conversations that form The Christine + Jake Affair and provide the foundation for the Textual Encounters Trilogy
Having found a white iPhone in the back of a New York City cab, Katie orchestrates a "chance" meeting with Jake, the man of her dreams. Knowing more than she lets on, Katie develops a relationship with Jake that ultimately gets captured in text form. And those texts are passed along to the married woman that just lost Jake's baby.

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