Brad Parks, an American author of mystery novels and thrillers and best-selling author of the Carter Ross mystery series, delighted his supporters at the launch party for his newest novel, “Say Nothing.” A full house of 42 attended the launch party, Tuesday, March 7, at Hobbs Hole Golf Course. The Essex Friends of the Library (EFOL) sponsored the event. Launch parties are celebrations to mark the end and beginning of an author’s literary work of art, and also serves as a connection point for old supporters and a generator for new supporters.
Parks, in his entertaining and engaging style, gave a synopsis of his writing career, shared best practices, and read passages from “Say Nothing,” leaving the audience in suspense. Parks and EFOL have an unofficial partnership and special arrangement—mutually agreeing that the EFOL is the official launching party coordinator for his novels. To show their appreciation, Parks was presented with a framed map of the Middle Peninsula. The map serves as a reminder of his roots of inspiration during his writing days in Hardees.
Parks is truly an inspiration to all; he left his journalism job to pursue his passion. After a couple of trashed manuscripts Parks was a bit discouraged—not enough grit. Parks credits his wife with reassuring him when she said, “You are the grittiest person I know.” Parks is the winner of the 2010 and 2014 Shamus Award, the 2010 Nero Award and the 2013 and 2014 Lefty Award, and the only author to have won all three of those awards. He takes all his accomplishments with humility, pride and a lot of humor.
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Donna Jackson is a Northern Neck News reporter.