Who’s That Indie Author? Eliot Parker

Author name
:  Eliot Parker

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Books: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, Fragile Brilliance, Code for Murder (to be released in September 2017 by Black Rose Press)


Bio:  Eliot currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. He received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2015 and was honored by the West Virginia Community College Association (WVCCA) for Outstanding Contributions to Community College Education. Eliot is also a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project and his a certified online course reviewer for Quality Matters. Eliot also hosts the television show “Chapters” across the Armstrong Television Network, which profiles authors, editors, and publishers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Click here to view episodes of the show on YouTube’s ArmstrongOneWire. Eliot is the proud pet-parent of two loving, and spoiled cats, Layla and Buddy, and enjoys sports, traveling, reading, and movies when he’s not writing.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Creating stories and characters

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  all books by John Steinbeck, Pat Conroy, C.J. Box, and Lisa Scottoline. I love the non-fiction/history books written by David McCullough and Doug Brinkley as well.

Contact Information: eliotparker.com

Awards/special recognition:  Eliot’s latest novel, Fragile Brilliance, was a finalist for the Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize (part of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize) in Thriller Writing. In 2016, the National Literary Habitat Organization awarded Eliot with the Bronze Award for mystery/thriller writing. His short fiction has appeared in One Story Magazine, Apex Books, Evil Jester Press, and others. In October 2016, Eliot was awarded the Literary Merit Award from the West Virginia Library Association for his books and stories.

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5 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Eliot Parker

  1. As a marketer I have so much empathy for authors having to tackle somethingas huge as marketing often with no guidance or experience. I can see why Eliot lists it as his biggest challenge.

    1. It’s the number one challenge for indie authors. I am facing that myself as I promote my father’s book. I love social media marketing but my other commitments keep me from doing as much as I’d like to. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I always smile when I read these posts, because it seems every author says marketing is the biggest challenge of being an author. I suspect that goes for non-indie authors as well, unless they carry a big name. Off to check out Eliot Parker’s website!

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