Thursday, January 29, 2015

World of Writing, Interview

-- World of Writing --

Author, columnist, teacher, lecturer, past president of three advertising agencies, William R. Park, Sr. is nationally known and respected in the advertising and literary worlds—and a member of International Thriller Writers, Inc. His past works include: The Talking Stones, Overlay, Fatal Incision, plus ten others, each backed by glowing praise from numerous bestselling authors.

WR.PARK currently resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Genie. Visit his official site at:  or connect with him here:

*Shout out to William's agent - Kelsey McBride of

Q: How and why did you begin writing novels?

After 42-years of writing thousands of newspaper, magazine, radio and Television ads as a national-known advertising executive it was the obvious thing to do.  In my interview with Publisher’s Auxiliary the bold headline read: “Old admen never die, they reinvent themselves.”  I took my own advice—and went on to write 14-suspense-thriller novels released by four independent publishers.  The last novel was The Franciscan, which  I decided to self-publish.

Q: Briefly tell us something about The Franciscan.

It’s a novel I wrote 14-years ago about a factitious pope whose changes to Catholic doctrine place his life in grave danger.  His name was Pope Francis.  Best Thrillers website wrote: “The Franciscan is a fast-moving feast of betrayal, corruption and murder told by a master craftsman. Unlike Dan Brown’s Robert Longdon, WR.PARK’s vision of a gutsy pope is far more engrossing.”

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I pattern most all of my heroes after me.  Even the  physical description.  Hey, at my age it’s the most excitement I can have without taking off my clothes.  I stole that last line from a famous advertising agency executive.

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?    
That the characters write their own story.  At bed at night or in the morning, I lay imagining what they will do in the coming chapter and can’t wait until I sit down at the computer to see what happens next.  To my surprise the characters take the story in a direction that I did not imagine—and most often it better than anticipated.  I’ve heard other authors have had the same experience.

Q: What is your proudest writer moment?

Having bestselling authors like James Rollins, Jon Land, William Dietrich, R. Barri Flowers, Robert S. Levinson and W. Craig Reed review my body of work and compare them to the work of Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Stephen Hunter, David Morrell and Tony Hillerman.

Q: We understand that you have another proud moment.

Yes.  It’s when New York Times bestselling author James Rollins wrote:  “I’ve been a fan of WR.PARK”s work for years.”

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