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Today, Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest Graham Parke, author of No Hope For Gomez!

Good day Graham and thank for participating in our interview

Graham:

Thank you so much for having me.

Norm 

How did you come up with the title No Hope For Gomez?

Graham:

I’m sad to say that I’m not entirely sure anymore. I do remember having a very clear idea of the ‘feel’ I wanted for the title. And ‘No Hope…’ captured that nicely. It is sad but fun at the same time. It hints at deeper thoughts and goings-on, while putting up a smokescreen of glibness. It suits the novel. I do remember spending several lunch-hours with a friend trying to find just the right name for Gomez. Very early on we decided his name was probably Spanish, but we couldn’t figure out what it was. We ended up going through books of baby names on the net to find it. 

Norm:

Why did you write your book in the form of a blog?

Graham:

I wanted to write the kind of book that I would like to read. Something I’d been searching for. It had to be fast paced but also personable. And I wanted readers to be able to spend a whole afternoon reading it, or just five minutes, if that was more convenient. Basically, this is the kind of book you can read while your xbox or playstation is loading. While you’re on a plane and the kids in front of you are making faces at you. The way the novel is structured, you can read for five minutes and still get a nice, juicy bite of story.

Norm:

How difficult or easy is it to write humor and where did you get your sense of humor?

Graham:

The humor in the novel came about somewhat accidentally. When I started on Gomez, I’d just finished a rather lengthy, psychologically dense novel. It took me a long time to write and reactions from agents varied greatly within a spectrum that ranged from ‘nippy’ to ‘darn-right-frosty’. I felt somewhat beaten and let down, and went looking for a towel and a ring to combine in a rather unbecoming manner. But not actually writing, day after day, that was not an option. I simply hadn’t figured out how to do that yet (still haven’t). So I started on a little project for my own amusement. Although I always have this mindset when writing, I do tend to pick the plots and characters from my backlog that’ll yield the strongest stories. This time I didn’t. I just went with what would be most fun for me to write. The kind of characters I wanted to play with, the kinds of settings I wanted to play in. I wasn’t even sure if I’d ever publish it, not until I was almost done (and it turned out that I’d written an interestingly plotted, multi-layered, story -- or so I would have you believe).

Norm:

How did you go about creating Gomez? As a follow up, are the other characters in your book based on people you know or have encountered or are they strictly fictional?

Graham:

Gomez first started out as a set of little philosophies. Different ways of looking at the world that have occurred to me over the years. Some of the philosophies are my own, in that I believe in them, others came about when I was playing devil’s advocate; I don’t necessarily believe them, but I can imagine how someone somewhere might. As more ideas and philosophies came together, I began to understand who Gomez was and what made him tick. Once that had happened, writing him came very naturally. 

Norm:

What do you want your book to do? Amuse people? Provoke thinking?

Graham:

My ideal reader sits in she shade of a palm-tree, sipping a colorful cocktail, giggling away happily. As soon as he’s finished reading, though, he realizes that his mind is ruined forever. But, by then, it’s too late.

Norm:

Did you work from an outline?  Did you write from your own experiences?

Graham:

I did not use an outline, but I had an idea of where the novel would go. As soon as Gomez took shape, though, things started going pretty fast. I only needed a hint of a situation or a direction and Gomez would take it from there. Certain parts of the novel felt more like a ride than a stab at writing.

Norm:

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Graham:

So far the reactions to Gomez have been overwhelmingly positive. Which is a pleasant surprise. Somehow I’d assumed that Gomez would be one of those strange little book that you just needed to ‘get.’ I didn’t expect people from such diverse walks-of-life to get it. It’s wonderful to see that so many people out there can still look at the world differently if you ask them to. You can turn concepts and situations inside-out and they understand what you are trying to do. It’s great.

Norm:

Where can our readers find out more about you and No Hope For Gomez?

Graham:

I’ll be updating my website and forum regularly. You can either get there thru  www.grahamparke.com or www.nohopeforgomez.com.

Norm:

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors

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