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Author Interview: Parker Fairchild
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
In the case of “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” the romantic comedy genre found me! I began this book on a Caribbean cruise some years ago to answer the romantic question: What if you could dream up your perfect man? As I developed my heroine and hero, Olivia and Jace, and their interactions and encounters grew funnier and funnier, I knew I had a romantic comedy brewing.
Fast forward to when I met my now hubby, Jason, on a Hawaiian cruise. Just as Olivia and Jace fell in love at first sight, so, too, did my hubby and I.
Then, when the COVID lockdown hit, my mom suggested I use this time to finish one of the many manuscripts that are parked on my computer. A Christmas novel full of laughs, love, and holiday cheer seemed a perfect choice.
2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
I’m an only child, and being observant was something that my mom taught me from an early age. In my opinion, observation and research are essential to crafting realistic, great stories.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I typically write from home at my desk on an iMac; this is a comfortable and productive space for me. I’ve also written on vacations and cruise ships. As one can obviously conclude from “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” ships are a real inspirational place for me to create and write.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
Thus far, in my published fiction career, I haven’t had to kill a character yet.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips—how do you keep coming up with so many funny, wonderful stories and such interesting, quirky characters?
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I’m a real foodie; I love to eat, and I eat well!
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
I’d have a satellite phone capable of calling anywhere on the planet and two solar chargers. That way, I can call for help. I love islands but not deserted ones lacking luxury resorts!
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to read people’s minds.
9. Favorite snack?
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going, or do you drive the speed limit?
I know how to get where I’m going. If I don’t, then my GPS does, and if it doesn’t, then Siri knows—she knows everything!
Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship
by Parker Fairchild
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.
Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.
“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.
She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.
A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face. She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.
“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.
Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don’t mind waiting for a brief moment, I’d like for Olivia,” he pointed a white-gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”
She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name,
“Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!” Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people. But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia. But she wasn’t unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, “they haven’t stopped talking since.” When she’s not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.
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