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Interview with Stephanie Macneil, author of Parker

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ABOUT PARKER


ParkerTitle:
 Parker
Genre: Young Adult
Author: Stephanie Macneil
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 226 pages
Release Date: November 20, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-47596-038-9

The secret came out a few years ago: Parker Knight is gay. Now Parker is sixteen, and everyone has either embraced it, does not care, or has forgotten—everyone except for Dylan Baker. He is determined to make Parker’s life miserable. Parker really thought killing himself would make everything better. If he was dead, he would not have to get kicked around by Dylan and his friends anymore. He would be free. Now, after a failed suicide attempt, Parker just wants to get through the last few months of tenth grade and stay as far away from Dylan as possible. What’s worse is Parker is secretly in love with his best friend, Liam Eriksson. But luckily, Liam doesn’t know this. Parker does not want to risk losing the friendship by telling him his true feelings. But as a tragedy overshadows his already complicated life, Parker soon discovers that the truth has a habit of surfacing in unexpected ways. Parker is the poignant story of one boy’s struggle for acceptance as he reaches out for hope, life, forgiveness and Liam.

iUniverse

Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Parker is the first book I’ve published so far.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with self-publishing. I didn’t have the means to go through an agent with mainstream publishing companies. I still wanted to get my story out there though.

How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

It only took about 3 months from the moment I submitted my manuscript, to the moment Parker was available to order online.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate? 

It’s by far the most surreal moment I have to date. It’s hard to wrap your mind around the idea of your story being able to read by other people, and seeing your name on the cover with the title. It was a great feeling knowing that I had friends and family who were just as excited.

 

ABOUT STEPHANIE MACNEIL

Stephanie Macneil was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Her goal is to become a screenwriter. Parker is her first book.

 

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