Friday, September 12, 2014

Conversation 9: Eleanor Parker

Hi friends! Welcome back to Clockwork Conversations. I'm February Grace, your host, and today my guest is author Eleanor Parker!

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself, Eleanor!

I'm a Puerto Rican-born, bilingual Army brat, and mother to three amazing young adult children. I was a social worker, counselor, and an exhibiting multi-media artist for twenty five years before discovering my passion for writing. 

write poetry, dabble in black and white photography, and 

love gardening.

My debut novel, A Decent Woman, set in turn of the century Puerto Rico, is coming out Autumn 2014 with Booktrope. I'm busy writing my second novel, Finding Gracia, about a woman's adventure on the medieval pilgrimage path of El Camino, also known as the Way of St. James, in Spain. I'm living my dream of writing full-time in 
wild and wonderful West Virginia. 

Q1: Would you ever want to learn how to fly a plane? (Or can you? LOL) Why or why not?

EP: Yes, but not because I think it would be cool or fun! You see, I have a great fear of flying (and heights) despite my love of travel and having lived in many countries. Maybe I would be less fearful if I could actually see what’s going on behind the closed cockpit door, and feel more in control. As it is now, I pray and have several glasses of red wine to get me through take-off and landing!

Q2: Would you ever (do you ever) sing Karaoke in public?

EP: I’ve sung Karaoke in public twice when my friends signed me up without my consent. I sang a so-so version of ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline, and people actually got up to slow dance which was crazy! It’s now my go-to Karaoke song because I have a low voice and I know the words. I’m learning more of Patsy’s songs because my friends are Karaoke nuts, and I know they will sign me up again!

Q3: What is your favorite place you've ever been?

EP: Tangiers, Morocco. I took a rusty ferry from Gibraltar to Tangiers and was blown away by the awesome beaches, the friendly people, and the amazing food. I loved shopping at the exotic bazaars, and ended up riding a camel which was easier said than done. When I dismounted, the camel spit at me – nice.

Q4: What is one of your biggest hopes for the future?

EP: Hands down, to spoil and rock my future grandbabies, and live close enough to my children to visit often. I keep nagging my three adult children to hurry up and give me what I want! Ha!

Q5: *bonus question for everyone* Do you collect anything? If so, why?

EP: I collect heart-shaped rocks, old tins, Steiff bears, and books. I love hunting for heart-shaped rocks and gift them to friends with quotes written on them. I don’t want plastic in my home, so I use the tins for storage and they’re beautiful. Steiff bears remind me of happy times with my children. I own and use a Kindle when I travel, but a book smells great and lasts forever. I’m pretty sure I have a book addiction.

Thanks, Bru! Great questions!


So glad you enjoyed them, Ellie, your answers were fantastic! Thank you so much for visiting with us today.

You can learn more about Eleanor Parker by visiting her at

See you next week!