Friday, March 1, 2013

Parched by Z. L. Arkadie: Interview


When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I write all day long but I get the most work done at night, starting around 12:00AM when most people are on their way to bed. I feed off the dwindling energy, which allows me to easily live this world and enter the fictional one I'm creating.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Sometimes. These days if I listen to music while writing then it's Biagio Antonacci. Since I'm studying Italian, it helps me kill three birds with one stone!

What are your favorite TV shows?

I have a lot of favorites, which depends on what's airing this season. Right now my favorites are The Americans, Southland, Downton Abbey, Revenge, The Good Wife, House of Lies, and I can now add Deception to the list. Can't wait for Fashion Star to return, and I love Project Runway, Billy on The Streets and The Face too!

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Probably Clarity since the irresistible Baron Ze Feldis belongs to her and exists in her world. Although I know that it would be difficult to be her because I'm human and she's not. 

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because art is supposed to move you, transport you, take you to place out of the ordinary while keeping your feet on solid ground. My books do that; I make sure of it.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

Yes, I have a new one that moves me these days and it is, "life is the greatest show on Earth." 

I have a BA in Broadcast Journalism and an MA in Communications Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. For the past three years I’ve read scripts, providing coverage for production companies and screenwriting contests but have been writing fiction consistently for 12 years.
Less formally, I absolutely love TV and am not ashamed to admit it! I’ve recently completed all 7 seasons of The Gilmore Girls and am watching all 7 seasons again. Before The Gilmore Girls, I watched all 4 season of Felicity about 4 times. I’m holding my breath, waiting for China Beach to be released on DVD. And I have a remarkable list of favorite TV shows, Mad Men competing for the top spot with Fringe. Yes indeed, I love TV. I also love Seattle, Washington, which feels like the color blue to me—tranquil, cool and yet vibrant. And more importantly, truly what I love most is writing—and to watch the world around me so that I can tell its stories. Also, visit me at



Get to know a new kind of Vampire for our kind of world…
“Baron Ford, he says and pauses to pick apart my expression, attempting to read how familiar I am with that name. I nod stiffly to give no indication I know exactly, who that is. I’m shocked to hear it in this setting, at this stage of my life, the one far away from Cambridge, Massachusetts over five years later.”
Advertising Exec, Clarity Parker thought she would never see Baron Ford again. Five years ago, she fell in love with him on their magical first date and then poof–he literally vanished into thin air. That’s why she’s past stunned to hear his name again. After all, five years have passed since that night. And to add intrigue to what Clarity considers an embarrassing and unforgivable insult, he’s asked that she be exclusively assigned to his multi-million dollar account.

Clarity tries her hardest to avoid Baron but he finally catches up to her and when he does, he issues a warning–things are not safe for her, especially since the fog has rolled in.

Before the day is over her entire world will come crashing down on her. Everything about her life that she thought was true is a lie, and she doesn’t know whether to jump for joy or rage against everyone who’s deceived her. However, she has no time to choose between reactions. Baron was right. Her life is in danger–so is his, and they need each other to fight the forces of evil that threaten them both, and possibly the entire world!

One thing’s for sure, from this point on, their lives will never be the same.


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Anonymous said...

Drat. I'm in Canada. *frowny face*