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!

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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  http://www.elliesbookz.wordpress.com

See you next week!

4 comments:

  1. Hi Bru! Thanks so much for having me! I loved your questions, and can't wait to host you at my blog!

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by, it was wonderful to have you visit! :~) Looking forward to visiting you as well!

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  3. Great interview, February and Eleanor. I love the questions and answers. And Tangiers!! Lucky you, Ellie for visiting there. That's a big one on my list--hope to get there some day.

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    1. Thanks for your visit and kind words, Mary! The trip was a birthday gift from my then-husband :) Stunning views! Hope you get there soon!

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