How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was really young. When I was living in my old apartments in Riverside, I was outside one day pretending to be a sorcerer. I pretended that the stick I had was a staff and used it to create rain. When it started to rain, I ran home and wrote about it. That was kind of the start of my journals.
I continued to write personal journals during my high school years and into my community college years. During my community college days, I also created a series of books called, Battle of the Gods. They were short stories based off my high school life, but with a fantasy element. From 2006 to about 2011, I kept working on them. I don’t know if I’ll publish them, but they were a lot of fun to write. And my friends, during that time, seemed to like them when they read them on my MySpace page. Writing, for me, is a hobby.
What was the most challenging part about writing The Son of Light Book 1?
That’s a long story, so I’ll do my best to give you the short version. During my days in film school, I created a series of short films called, War on CCH (Columbia College Hollywood). Basically, I played Lord Hexen— a demon lord who wanted to take over the school, YouTube, and Hollywood. Then, for my final project, I started a short film called, Brotherly Hate in 2012.
Brotherly Hate was about two brothers (Josh and Nick) trying to come together as brothers while saving the world from Lord Hexen. In the end, I didn’t like it. I then decided to continue my War on CCH story, but changed the name to, The Son of Light.
It took me from April to June of that year just to film the movie. From June to December, I worked on the special effects, which was the biggest pain in my ass ever. And to be honest, the effects weren’t even that good. I was so embarrassed when I showed the movie in class.
Then in 2013, I tried turning The Son of Light into a comic book, which didn’t work out too well. I paid for the first ten pages in September 2013 and didn’t get the final pages until September 2014. Plus, there were other issues with the characters.
So in February 2015—after getting screwed on an editing job—I chose to make The Son of Light into a novel, which was the last thing I wanted to do. Turning a scripted into a novella wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t too hard. Then, I tried to make my own book cover, which was a disaster. I had to have it edited twice, and the marketing for it
was a hot mess because I didn’t know what I was doing. So to answer your question, I would say everything was a challenge for Book 1. But the story kept me going. That’s my short answer to your question.
What’s your favorite part about being an author?
This might insult people. Let me give you some backstory. So, I went to film school to be an editor. After graduating in 2012, I had a strong editing reel. Between the years of 2013 to 2015, I got a few jobs because of my editing reel. However, on most of these jobs, some of the people were incredibly unprofessional. Hollywood is a horrible place. I hate everything about it; the fakeness, the hustlers, the snobs, the ageism, and the obsessiveness for success…I could go on and on. As an author, I don’t have to deal with that anymore.
The second best part about being an author is the fact that I’m alone most of the time. For nearly all of 2015, I just kept to myself and wrote my books. After the life I’ve had so far, I could use some time for peace. Grand Theft Auto 5 Online and writing — that pretty much sums up 2015 for me, and it’s awesome.
And lastly, I don’t have to worry about actors, crewmembers, money, permits, editing, unstable directors — pretty much all the things that involve filmmaking. I have no limits. I have all the freedom as an author. I’m much happier now.
Will this book be part of a series?
I wrote—more like heavily outlined and revised—the eight books of The Son of Light back in 2013. I’m glad I made the switch from movies to novels because now I can make the story and characters so much more complex. Along with the main eight books, I have side stories that fit between the main ones. So yes, this is apart of a book series.
Do you have any works in progress?
Right now, I’m working on Book 2.1, which will be released within the first quarter of 2016. I have Book 3, Book 3.1, Book 4, Book 5, and Book 5.1 in development too. I can’t wait for Books 4 and 5 because I know for a fact that they’ll be within 90,000 to 100,000 words, which the longest I have ever done. Outside from that, I’m having a lot of character and landscape art done, which you can find on my website for The Son of Light.
About the Book
Author: Chris Parker
Nickolas Suzuki was not like your usual sixteen year old. First off, he has nine trillion dollars at his disposal. Secondly, he has superpowers. But while celebrating a birthday party, his loved ones are attacked by an old family enemy, which forces him to go into hiding. Ten years later, he is now a miserable twenty-six year old who has to raise and protect his younger foster brother.
Joshua Suzuki was not like most sixteen year old either. He doesn’t have friends or even attends high school. He lives all alone in his big house in Porter Ranch, California, with his older foster brother, Nick. He’s lived with his brother for ten years without any contact with the outside world and he’s sick of it. Josh begins to resent Nick, which sparks many heated fights between them.
But when Nick suddenly goes missing, Josh is forced to travel through the outside world filled with lakes of dead bodies, mysterious pink orbs, and demons the size of mountains, just to rescue his brother. Can Josh survive long enough to find his brother?
Chris Parker started writing during his community college years until he transferred to a film school, Columbia College Hollywood, after losing his house in 2008. There he came up with many stories such as, The Son of Light. However, he went to school to become an editor. After earning his BA, Chris went back to his first love, writing.
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