I’m a rare species in Florida: a resident who was actually born here. However, at the age of two I was brought north by parents who mistakenly thought I’d remain small and cute like the baby alligators Florida tourists bring home.
After growing up in Connecticut, I attended the University of Pennsylvania and Kings College, London. I have worked for TV Guide Magazine, a Colorado newspaper, an Arkansas TV station and advertising agencies in Dallas, Miami and New York City. At one time, I lived in a funky cottage community that had formerly been a pineapple plantation. It was on Florida’s Indian River, in a place once called Eden. That town has disappeared from the maps, but has been resurrected in Pariah, the first of the Zeke Adams series of mystery novels.
I’m a founding partner of Brown Parker & DeMarinis, a South Florida ad agency that works with hospitals. My admiration for the people in healthcare is reflected in the character of Missy, the home-health nurse in the Freaky Florida urban fantasy series, and in Dr. Follett of The Teratologist historical paranormal suspense series.
I’m a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. My short fiction has appeared in numerous genre, literary and mainstream publications. I enjoy reading, photography, beachcombing, kayak fishing and spending time with my wife and cats.
© 2021 by Ward Parker.