August 19, 2018

This summer, Palm Beach Happening has given our readers a glimpse into the minds of some of the greatest fiction and nonfiction authors of the 21st century. Today, we continue that quest with our profile of Boynton Beach based author Ward Parker.

How did you get your st...

August 7, 2018

That’s a question you might be asking as I promote my new historical medical thriller series, The Teragologist. What exactly IS a teratologist?

Teratology is the study of physiological abnormalities, whether congenital (such as birth defects) or developed at a later sta...

July 5, 2018

People often ask me, “Ward, what’s your glamorous life as a novelist like?”

I usually respond, “People, it’s really challenging.”

Here I am, writing this blog piece in the back seat of my limo after my appearance on Good Morning America, trying to avoid spilling my mimos...

June 12, 2018

As we count down the days until supernatural historical mystery THE TERATOLOGIST is launched, I’m writing posts about the novel’s setting and era. First, a bit about Palm Beach, Florida.

Florida has always been filled with people running away from something and toward h...

May 29, 2018

A relative recently said, “Congratulations on your new novel. Too bad nobody reads books anymore.”

I recently overhead someone bragging that he never reads books. Yes, bragging. Another person I know got mad at his wife because he found boxes of books in the attic. His...

May 10, 2018

An important character in PARIAH is Vivienne, a young woman who was a restavek (also spelled restavec) in Haiti. 

She was, in other words, a child slave. That’s what the U.N. calls children like her.

The term restavek is a Creole derivation of the French rester...

As he prepares to launch his latest thriller, I invited Florida author Ward Parker to share an insight in his writing and the influences behind it. Tell me about how you came to define your writing st...

February 13, 2018

In the Zeke Adams Mystery series, the former pineapple plantation and current cottage community he owns in Eden, Florida, is called Pineapple Fields.

It is based very closely upon a place called Edenlawn Plantation. I used to live there. Though I moved away, Edenlawn ha...

January 7, 2018

Ever since Columbus brought the delicious bromeliad back to Europe from the New World, pineapples became a symbol of luxury and hospitality. In pioneer Florida, they meant cash and a way to make a new life in one of America’s last frontiers.

In the 19th Century, the tow...

December 10, 2017

Many novelists set their work in imaginary places. You’d expect this in Fantasy and Science Fiction, but in other genres we do this as well, creating towns and cities that don’t exist (though they might be based on real settings). It gives you more creative freedom and...

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