Overnight Delivery

A Hank Anderson Thriller

Raymond Parish, author of four nonfiction books, self-published his debut thriller novel in November. Here’s a synopsis:

Small of stature but big of heart, psychotherapist Hank Anderson has a gift for helping clients face serious issues and heal life-altering traumas. But this talent intersects with darker truths, an insatiable curiosity and a life-long penchant for personal risk that will soon threaten to violently shatter every aspect of Hank’s life.

Kenny Jensen is just the kind of client that piques Hank’s appetite for intrigue. Referred by Hank’s imposing friend Detective Phil Evans, Kenny is a delivery man and a thief. He readily admits to the crime that led to his recent arrest, and his rambling origin story of family addiction resonates with Anderson’s own history. But at the end of his first session Kenny hints at a more terrifying reality, one that becomes a threat to Hank’s precious daughter, the ex-wife he still pines for, his aging father, and his beloved and beleaguered colleagues. Kenny is the catalyst for Hank’s descent into a world of drugs and death that hides just beneath the surface of his town’s Midwestern calm and conservatism. His compulsion to help Kenny pull himself from the chaos runs Hank full speed into desperate people willing to remove any obstacle – or person – that stands in their path.

Hank is compelled to uncover the truth and guide Kenny to safety, but at what cost to himself and those he loves?

You can tweet this suspense & thriller author at @ParishAuthor or ask him questions on Goodreads Author Raymond Parish.

Raymond’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

I present a workshop to counseling professionals, Introversion in an Extroverted World, so this is a topic of great interest to me. I am an introvert. I love being with people, especially individuals and in small groups. I love to interact with audiences, yet don’t enjoy the free style social events after a meeting or conference. Large gatherings, even those I chose freely and fully engage in, deplete my energy and I replenish in more solitary activities: writing, bicycling, playing guitar, and mowing my lawn with headphones tuned to anything from Motown to progressive rock.

It’s essential to my life that I have close relationships with introverts and extroverts. My introverted companions can quietly join me for a concert, and listen to all of the music. We can hike or bike in silence. My extroverted friends and family keep me from spending too much time inside of myself. They are catalysts for the noisier, fun-loving, adventuresome parts of who I am.

Introspective insight!

You prefer (1) to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends OR (2) to eat in a big-name restaurant?

Most definitely a home-cooked meal with family and friends. Some of my most memorable times with loved ones are the meals when time was suspended; we had no where else to be and just the right people had come together. In particular, helping to prepare and then serving a meal to people I care about and enjoy is an immense pleasure. My adolescence and young adulthood included years in the restaurant business, and I still get a kick out of providing simple, tasty food.

The intimacy, laughter, candid discussions, and occasional conflicts that are attached to meals with family and friends makes the food the supporting cast, with the stories and connections being the main event.

In these times of caution, I have found outdoor meals with folks a powerful, and necessary, way to stay close to the people I don’t live with. A great cup of coffee and just one more lemon poppy seed muffin are wonderful finishing touches to the blend of a meal, quietly staring at the trees, and great conversation.

Awesome and inspirational too!

Your significant other or child asked you to do something you don’t like to do. Do you (1) grin and bear it OR (2) mumble to yourself while doing the task?

I’ve done both. Plenty of times. And I’ve learned.

I’ve learned that because I am a father and husband, I will gladly, or reluctantly, participate in activities that I would not have experienced unless I loved my children and wife. I would not have cared much about shoes, if not for having multiple fashion conscious females in our home. Now, I possess quite a collection of cool suede shoes. I would not have come to embrace the arduous journey of buying just the right gifts if I did not have the good fortune of finding my life partner, who doesn’t just give gifts, she sends love. I would not have drifted beyond mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and books directly related to my life’s work, if not for a son who introduced me to the fantasy fiction of Robert Jordan.

It is also true that one way I know that others care about me is that I still get invited to participate in their lives as I mumble and complain. Fun loving curmudgeon is not necessarily an oxymoron. In my life, that is.

No oxymoron for you!

Do you prefer to read (1) an e-book OR (2) a paperback?

Without a doubt, paperback. I value the ways in which e-books have made it easier to reach more readers at a very reasonable cost to authors and readers. I appreciate the portability of e-books. And still, I’m old school. I love the feel of a book in my hands. Much like I still read the liner notes on my vinyl records, I enjoy the book’s cover art, the cover blurb, the author bio, the acknowledgements, all printed on paper. The book becomes solid, tangible, real.

I have had the opportunity to have two non-fiction books published, and self-published two additional self help books, all in paperback, before releasing Overnight Delivery. I can still close my eyes and remember the moment the delivery person (not featured in my novel) arrived at my office with a large envelope…my first publication. After opening the envelope, I stared at it, cradling the book as if it was a very special creation. The sensation of holding that proof copy of Overnight Delivery, years later, was much the same.

For me, another perk of paperbacks is the trip to a bookstore or library. I have spent hour after hour perusing the paperback sections of my favorite independent bookstores and local libraries. As a youth, my family moved around a fair bit and one of my first actions as a new kid in town was to locate the town library and acquire that new library card. My current library card is more worn down than any other card I hold in my wallet.

Paperbacks for you!

What is your favorite (1) song OR (2) book?

This is such a tough question, which is no doubt what makes it so popular.

I’ll go with an answer to both. Song: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

Why? Genius. He captured the times in his lyrics, and they have also become timeless. If you haven’t heard it recently, give it another close listen.

The layers of vocals and instruments were far past the cliche of, ‘ahead of it’s time.’ The complexity, the spacing, the ethereal quality of his voice.. Unique in all the universe.

The book. There are so many, but the first that rose up in my thoughts when I read the question was Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.

Why? To the best of my knowledge I have no Irish DNA. Yet, when I read this book it seemed as if I could hear Irish folks speaking in my head. The use of language and McCourt’s writing style are beyond vivid. This is a memoir that read like a page turning novel. The pain, the humor, the people, the grace. There is also a graciousness in what is often a tragic story about family, country, and culture. I cannot think of another book that has combined truth, education, dramatic tension, and hope any better than Angela’s Ashes.

Interesting explanation of your favorites!

Thanks for being interviewed, Raymond!

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Overnight Delivery

Through Hell & Highwater

Author Victoria Liiv self-published a young adult fantasy novel in November. Here’s a synopsis:

In university Volo Noscere, located in Rome, where new academic year brings forth alot of new challenges and questions. When the world becomes increasingly unpredictable, are the humans reason for it all, or is there more to it?

Evyline and Lisanna believe there must be magic behind the changes. Tylon doesn’t care about what doesn’t affect him and RocTar just wants to make it through the year without failing class.

Like it or not, they get pulled into discovering what the world has in store for them.

You can find out more about this young adult fantasy author on Facebook or at Goodreads Author Victoria Liiv.

Victoria’s Interview

Science has advanced and we can now colonize other planets. Do you (1) sign up to be a colonist OR (2) remain on Earth?

I would love to travel to another planet and see places nobody else has laid their eyes on. I find it exciting to experience something as significant as colonizing another planet, but the only way I would truly leave the Earth would be if my partner comes together with me. No adventure would be worth being separated from him.

With partner, will travel!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

I’ve always had trouble coming up with great responses in conversations and I am the person going pondering about seven hundred different ways how the conversation could have turned out, had I responded differently. I could blame my sister on my bad conversation skills, as she always took point in most of the conversations when we were young and didn’t really let me chip in, but she is the more talkative of us to begin with. I’ve always felt more comfortable writing than talking. The act of simply writing down things gives me more time to think over my ‘retorts’ and perfect them.

Interesting insight!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

I absolutely need my sleep. I get grumpy without a good night’s sleep; the headache that mostly follows could have something to do with it. Therefore, I am certainly not a night owl. I go to bed quite early on some people’s standard. I do wake up with a renewed will to complete chores, go for a run or do anything productive, really. That feeling slowly dissipates as the day goes by. I am definitely most productive in the morning.

Mornings for you!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

I tend to write when the inspiration hits me, although I did set up a schedule to finish Through Hell & Highwater and participated in NaNoWriMo to complete the word count. Having a set schedule does help you reach your goal a lot faster, but a lot of the time I might simply be sitting behind the screen, scrolling through Tumblr or Facebook feeds, while I should be writing. Having the mood to write is incredibly important to me, as I believe you can not force greatness into existence, it comes when it wants to.

Out with a schedule and in the mood!

Do you (1) love shopping OR (2) hate shopping?

Now, at the time of online shopping, I could scroll through endless pages of good’s-to-buy for hours, mostly clothes and books. I can always find more things that I can afford, which can be incredibly frustrating, but doesn’t stop me one bit. I do not enjoy waltzing through the stores, tough, unless they are furniture stores or interior design stores. I absolutely love walking into one of those.

Online shopping for you!

Thanks for being interviewed, Victoria!

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Through Hell & Highwater

My Dawn Is Only Five Hours Away

Author Dion Anja self-published a poetry collection in November. Here’s a synopsis:

Dion Anja’s first poetry collection explores the various shades of life from a young-adult woman’s point of view such as love, death, nature, anger, and fairies. Fueled by her imagination and surroundings, Anja aims to resonate with your heart and soul because she believes poetry is a shared feeling regardless of place and time. All of the poems have been written in the chaotic atmosphere of the pandemic and this ephemeral state of existence urged Dion to self-publish.

You can find out more about this poetry author on her blog, follow her on tumblr, or ask her questions at Goodreads Author Dion Anja.

Dion’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

I have always been an introvert! I love the solitude that I get to spend with myself. Though not always, presence of others disturbs me, crowds always appeal less than my cozy spot where only few people are allowed. I am also trying to deal with my social anxiety, so it affects. It is hard to communicate or go out of my comfort zone, but I guess I am doing better. In fact, writing and releasing your words even though you know that it will be judged proves that!

Interesting insight!

What is your (1) most favorite thing to do OR (2) least favorite thing to do?

I am a literature major, so you can imagine the workload that I have to deal with every week. Lots of readings, essays, research, projects… It gets overwhelming. So, my least favorite thing to do is forcing myself to fit into a schedule. I love learning at my own pace, so it is always challenging to meet requirements.

No schedules for you!

You can travel back in time. Will you go back (1) 10 years OR (2) 25 years?

25 years definitely! I am 21 years old, so I guess it would be interesting to see a world where I did not really exist.

Back to 1995 but be sure to stay away from Oklahoma City!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

It is a little bit of both, actually. Usually I get an idea about a poem or a storyline when I am in a specific mood. At that instance I write the idea down and start working on it. I truly believe in working on your projects with discipline as your mind starts to connect new lines that turn into huge webs eventually. I do not set a specific hour but I try to give my devotion when I am onto something.

In a groove with the mood!

You prefer to watch (1) a sunrise OR (2) a sunset?

Sunsets! I find sunsets pretty fascinating. I love the hue it gives to the tress, to houses, to people… It reminds me of finding beauty in decay. Like the beauty you find in abandoned houses or old streets. It is just magical.

Sunset it is!

Thanks for being interviewed, Dion!

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My Dawn Is Only Five Hours Away

No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!

My Life in Japan in the 80s

Nonfiction author Joe Palermo self-published a memoir in March. Here’s a synopsis:

A young Japanese woman was running through Tokyo station screaming “Save me! Save me!” There was a Japanese man chasing her and closing in. He grabbed her wrist and caught her about 10 feet in front of me. The woman was still yelling “Save me! Save Me!” but the Japanese people in the crowded station ignored her, not wanting to get involved.

This is the beginning of just one of the stories from my experience living in Japan in the 1980’s, where I had moved right after graduating university. It was still rare to see an American who could speak Japanese fluently. This book guides the reader though my many adventures navigating through Japanese culture while living in the outskirts of Tokyo, as well as Tokyo proper.

You can find out more about this memoir author on Facebook, on Pinterest, on LinkedIn, and on Instagram. You may ask him questions at Goodreads Author Joe Palermo.

Joe’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

An extrovert. I love to be in the spotlight. I have done this throughout my business career as I gave sales and marketing presentations around the world. The most memorable was giving a one hour presentation about Walmart in Japanese at an international Food convention. I also play electric guitar in a Christian band for our church of 1,000+. I suppose writing about my Japanese experiences also falls into the extrovert category.

Very outgoing!

What is your (1) most favorite thing to do OR (2) least favorite thing to do?

The thing I love doing the most is traveling. I have traveled all over the world as part of my business life and have been to Japan many many times, besides living there for eight years. It’s difficult these days, but my wife and I have still made it to Japan, Las Vegas and Mackinac Island, Michigan this year.

Globe-trotting for you!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

I have a very sarcastic wit and my mind immediately goes to the most unexpected response to any question. You can see this quite often in my book.

The riposte is quite an art!

Do you (1) love shopping OR (2) hate shopping?

My wife and I absolutely love shopping for clothes. We’ll often stay at a luxury hotel in Chicago (usually the Waldorf Chicago) and hit the designer shops there, usually when there is a sale going on. We’re really into fashion and especially love shopping in big cities such as LA and Tokyo.

People can look for you along the magnificent mile or at the beautiful Water Tower Place!

(1) Can you name just one favorite novel OR (2) you love too many to just pick one?

My favorite novel of all time is Knock On Any Door by Willard Motley. It’s an older book, but I first read it in middle school and many times since. I have a first edition copy which I treasure.


Thanks for being interviewed, Joe!

No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!
No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!