Author Revealed

About Che Parker

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/2

Q. High school and/or college

A. Archbishop O'Hara High School in KCMO, Grambling State University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Johns Hopkins University

Q. Favorite movie

A. Citizen Kane

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Wire

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Exciting. Thoughtful. Deliberate. Random. Contradictory. Fulfilled. Meaningful. Limitless.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Mottos are rather cliche and ostentatious. But if I had one it would be concurrently sincere and corny. Something like, live life to the fullest.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Mediocrity.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Where ever I am, that's exactly where I ought to be.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. That remains to be seen. If I die tonight, I could be compared to some sad fellow whose life was cut short. But if I achieve all my goals, well, then others will be striving to identify with me...

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mother.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Have fun with that"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Nothing.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To sing.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Two beautiful children.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. None come to mind.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Optimism

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Che Parker

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm a relater.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Odysseus

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Dr. Evil

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Dudley Moore's character in Arthur. I would say, what are we drinking?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Incorrect punctuation use

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Media relations

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm doing it

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. In people: honesty. Ambition. Sense of humor. In pizza: cheesiness. A good crust. And fresh herbs.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Kansas City BBQ. Real Kansas City BBQ

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I love sad love songs. And anything by the Wiggles.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Ralph Ellison Ernest Hemingway Juan Rulfo Edwige Danticat Mario Puzo William Styron Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo The Family - Mario Puzo Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison The Bible American Pastoral - Phillip Roth

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Pedro Paramo

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "The Tragic Flaw gave me nightmares."