Electa Rome Parks Once Upon a Holiday

10 Dec

Once Upon a Holiday Interview with Electa Rome Parks
Electa Rome Parks currently resides outside Atlanta, Georgia. After successfully self-publishing her debut novel, The Ties That Bind, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, bought the rights. Electa signed a three-book deal with New American Library. All three books were immediately chosen as Black Expressions Book Club main selections and embraced as Books of the Month by book clubs across the country. Dubbed a “book club favorite,” avid readers have embraced Electa’s true to life characters that tackle prevalent and heavy hitting issues.

Since then Electa has become an award-winning, national bestselling author of several other mainstream (Loose Ends and Almost Doesn’t Count) and erotic (These Are My Confessions, Ladies’ Night Out, Diary of a Stalker, True Confessions and The Stalker Chronicles) novels with Penguin Group, HarperCollins and Kensington. Electa was highlighted in Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature and has written articles for several on-line magazines. The self-proclaimed, Queen of Real, Electa has been a frequent guest on radio shows, has been nominated for many industry awards and has been interviewed by newspapers, AOL’s Black Voices, Vibe Vixen, Upscale Magazine, Today’s Black Woman, Rolling Out and Booking Matters, to name just a few.

With a BA degree in marketing and a minor in sociology, she is following her true passion and working on her next novel. Electa is also currently touring with Atlanta’s GA Peach Authors tour and dreams of one day seeing her books adapted for the small or big screen.

BPM:  Tell us about your latest book:
When Baldwin Loved Brenden Can anything truly tear apart real friendship and love?”
A whole decade has passed since Baldwin, Brenden, Bria, and Christopher last saw each other. In college, they were a close-knit circle of friends who called themselves The Group—until an unfortunate set of circumstances placed their friendship in jeopardy. They went their separate ways after graduation, never looking back, and never expecting to see each other again.  Now they are reunited in a small North Carolina town to attend the funeral of one of their own. Rihanna was always the peacemaker of the group, so it’s almost fitting that it’s at her funeral that The Group will have to confront their past issues.

Baldwin, the romantic, Brenden, the do-gooder, Bria, the wild child, and Christopher, the pretty boy, are all about to learn some truths about each other and about themselves over a few unforgettable and life-changing days. Secrets will be revealed, past hurts exposed, tears shed, and laugher shared, all in the name of friendship and love.

BPM: You believe in:
I believe in God, angels, spirits, guardian angels, spirit guides, totems, reincarnation, and UFOs.

BPM: Faith allows you to:
Faith allows me to stay strong, believe in myself, fulfill my destiny and never, ever give up.

BPM: Criticism makes you:
Criticism motivates me; makes me work harder and smarter.

BPM: When you are afraid, you will:
When I am afraid, I pray. I pray for strength, guidance and protection.

BPM: Three artists on your playlist:
Three artist on my playlist are Adele, Al Green and Miguel.

BPM: What surprised you the most about becoming…(parent, adult, business owner, etc.)
What surprised me most about becoming an adult is that you are still, no matter what age, a child at heart.

BPM: If you weren’t a writer, you would be:
If I weren’t a writer, I would be a psychiatrist. The human mind fascinates me. Many of us are barely functioning as sane.

BPM: What you learned from your readers:
I learned that readers are loyal; if they like you, they will bring you into the fold and embrace you like family. Priceless.

BPM: Your favorite promotional tool:
The Internet is my favorite promotional tool because I can reach a massive number of readers with less out of pocket costs.

BPM: Do you view writing as a gift or a career:
I view writing as a precious gift that has become a career.

Electa Rome Parks, author of
When Baldwin Loved Brenden (coming January 2013)
The Stalker Chronicles (Kensington/Urban Books)
True Confessions (Kensington/Urban Books)
Diary of a Stalker (Kensington/Urban Books)
These Are My Confessions (HarperCollins/Avon Red)
Ladies’ Night Out (Penguin Group/NAL)
Almost Doesn’t Count (Penguin Group/NAL)
Loose Ends (Penguin Group/NAL)
The Ties That Bind (Penguin Group/NAL) 


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