I’ve been on social media for well over a decade now and have also podcasted for over a decade also. One of the first guests I spoke with was Charity Parkerson who at the time hadnt written near as many books as she has now (of course) but was always super busy writing her new stories, Charity even had her own podcast for a while there which i did used to help edit. Its been a while since i caught up with Charity but do keep up to date with her social media posts and can see how busy she is with her writing career. I reached out to her and asked if she would take part in the Spending Time With…series of articles that I do on this site, and she said YES! so here we go. Check out the questions, and her answers!
What was the most recent book you read?
Fake by Kylie Scott
Do you remember who got your first autograph?
Before I became a full-time author, I taught Pre-K. One of the parents of one of my students asked for my autograph. It was the first time anyone outside of my family seemed excited about my books.
Have you ever gotten someone’s autograph? Which is the most memorable for you?
I had the honor of meeting Sherrilyn Kenyon. She’s been one of my favorite authors for years. As far as non-authors go, I signed at a comic con one year and my table was across from Michael Rooker. We had a blast and took a few selfies. I forgot to ask for his autograph. 😂
Let’s shine a light on some of your past work. Which of your projects are you most proud of?
I have over two hundred books, so it’s hard to choose just one. My book Unsurpassed was my first with a big publisher and won a Readers’ Favorite award. I’ll always be proud of it.
What’s the most difficult thing about your creative process?
Definitely staying focused. I’m easily distracted by social media.
And, the flipside. What’s the most enjoyable for you?
Losing myself. I love escaping into a new story.
Do you have an ‘off switch’ when not working, and how does it work?
My family means everything to me. I always stop working when my husband gets home and take the weekends off.
What was it that inspired you to pursue a career in writing? If there was a single thing?
I had a dream that seemed very real. It kept nagging at me and I had the same dream several times. Finally, I decided to write it down. It grew into an entire series. I only let my husband read them. He finally pushed me to seek a publisher. I sent out my MS in secret, fully expecting to get rejected. To my surprise, someone wanted it. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Thank you Charity for taking the time out to answer these questions and for those wishing to check out more of Charity’s work and pages. You can do that here https://hy.page/charityparkerson