Featured Interview With AM Parker
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up a 'Military Brat' and was lucky enough to travel the world as a child. We landed in a rural town near St. Louis and I now live in the small town I have taught third grade in for 18 years. I live in a zoo! Besides raising two young children, I also have a rescued pitbull, a naked (sphynx) cat, a fluffy cat with crossed eyes and half a tail, and an albino leopard gecko. I fall in love with the strangest creatures.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Since I moved around a lot as a child, I found it difficult to make new friends every move. We didn't have the technology back then to keep in touch and I was tired of making friends and then losing them. So, I found friends and adventures in books. I remember being so excited to get home from school to curl up on our couch and just read for hours. I also found my love of writing as a child and used to ask my parents to enter me into poetry contests.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Some of my favorite authors happen to be young adult authors like Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). He has helped me to instill the love of reading into the hundreds of children I have been blessed to teach over the years. He is such a hilarious and creative writer. I also really love the writing style and messages that inspirational authors like Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis. They write in a way that feels like you're sitting across from a friend at a coffee shop just having a meaningful conversation. This inspired the writing style I chose to use for my first book.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is near and dear to my heart. It's spicy and quirky and helps readers navigate really hard truths in life. Getting it out into as many hands as possible has become a great passion of mine. Writing and publishing it has changed my life in so many ways and I'm absolutely grateful to get to have a loud voice on a topic that is usually kept secret. My husband died in July of 2020 from the family disease of alcoholism. I say family disease because alcoholism infiltrates all members of a family – it's a game that eventually everyone has to participate in. We lived in trauma for a decade with a many we called husband and daddy. I wrote this story for people like me, who have endured so much by loving an addict; however, after reading so many reviews and personal emails/private messages on my social media sites, it realize that it has quickly turned into a book that everyone can relate to no matter what their struggles are. My husband's alcoholism killed him, but not before it almost killed me. In order to survive this, I just had to do something positive with our trauma, so I wrote a book to help others!
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