IWU Interview 001 – Author Katrina Parker-Williams

I recently joined a fabulous group on Facebook called “Indie Writers Unite!” Let me tell you str8 up that I am soooooo glad I did! These are some of the kindest, most thoughtful, talented indie writers out there. I hope you get the chance to look us up and rain “Like”s over all the Facebook pages you find! Cheryl Bradshaw is responsible for the call-to-arms so we have much thanks and praise to shoot her way. Thanks, Cheryl!

So, we do this thing where all the members of the group sign up to interview each other for blog posts called a Blog Tour. I drafted an interview with Author Katrina Parker-Williams. This from her Facebook Info:

Katrina Parker Williams teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University.

Katrina Parker Williams (KPWms) teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University.

She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music and publishes writing and publishing articles online. Her work has appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, USADEEPSOUTH, and on the Wilson Community College website. Her work has recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta and is forthcoming in All Things Girl, the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Muscadine Lines, and The Village Pariah.

She is also the editor of a community college literary magazine, the Wilson Literary Review as well as a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Community College Humanities Association. She maintains a blog on her musings about literature, writing, art, and culture at Stepartdesigns’s Blog — http://stepartdesigns.wordpress.com/ .

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CR: Of the stories in your “Trouble Down South” collection, do you have a favourite, and why?

KPW: My favorite would be “Rock.”  It is a poignant story about a colored World War I veteran who returns from the war and meets up with a white man whose life he saved in the war.  The man refuses to acknowledge him, and as Rock heads home from a club, the man and a friend jump him and beat him, ripping off his uniform and leaving him from dead.

CR: Of the characters you’ve created, whom do you identify with the most, and why?

KPW: I probably identify with the character Buford Tee in two of the short stories.  I drew upon some of my own characteristics when I created him.  I also gave him some qualities I wish I had.

CR: What message or lesson do you want an audience to retain from reading your work?

KPW: I want them to understand what African Americans have experienced over the course of 150 years in the collection and also to see how much things have changed for the better.

CR: What inspired you to put this collection together?

KPW: Seven of the short stories in the collection “Trouble Down South and Other Stories” have been previously published in literary magazines and journals.  When I realized there was a unifying theme that ran through all of the stories, I figured they’d make a good collection.

CR: What may we expect next from you?

KPW: I have just published a short story on Amazon, “Missus Buck.”  If readers liked “Slave Auction” and “Rock” from “Trouble Down South and Other Stories,” they’re going to love to hate “Missus Buck,” a 6850-word short story about an elderly woman, advanced in years, who fosters a spirit of hostility toward her daughter-in-law because she believes her to be a commoner. Their family descending from German aristocracy, Missus Buck believes her son has married beneath him when he weds Missus Julie, who feels the sting of her disapproval even from the first day she met her. Missus Buck shows no mercy towards Missus Julie’s slaves and squares off with Missus Julie’s favored slave, the feisty Rubeline.

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Many thanks, Katrina! You may purchase her work on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=katrina+parker+williams

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