Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Non Friction by Morgan Parker

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rockstar, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist, it starts with.....well.....}i{


This is not your typical book, nor is your typical love story. What this book is is a brilliant story of human relationships and the result of your actions.
Morgan's wife, Jennifer, takes their 4 year old daughter one day and leaves him after 12 years of marriage. Deep inside he knows their marriage was done a long time ago, but sometimes is harder to admit to the truth than to continue living a farce.
After his wife leaves he's left lost, without motivation and trying to figure what his life will be like from here on. That's when after seeking the advice of his neighbor in the ladies department, Morgan decides to write a book. His book becomes somewhat of a best seller and Jennifer comes back ready to try marriage counseling.
In the meantime, Morgan meets Emma, a fan of his book who sends him undergarments (clean, mind you.) Emma becomes his biggest fan and encourages Morgan to want to do and be a better person as well as guiding his writer career to more positive path, they start a friendship that soon crosses that little imaginary line to "more than friends."
In counseling, the therapist encourages Morgan and Jennifer to create something "beautiful" for each other. Jennifer is bitter and mad at Morgan, other than her graphics, there's no beauty on the comic book she creates, only raw rage and resentment; her version of their relationship. Morgan on the other hand, starts writing what he thinks will be the story that's going to save their marriage, “Our Story.”
On the road to trying to save his marriage, he discovers that there are so many different components to life and that true love it's not an illusion.
I was a little apprehensive of reading another book written by another male (yes, I know I shouldn't generalize.) I'm happy to say that Morgan proved me wrong and left me looking forward to reading his previous books.
The storyline, the development of the characters and the human touch of this story is brilliant (yes, there’s that word again, read the book and you’ll understand why.) I laugh (the scenes with his daughter are precious and pretty funny,) I was angry (at Jennifer and sometimes at Emma for not making her damn mind up) and I cried (because if you ever have been through any of the situations that Morgan goes through, I can assure you this story will bring you down to your knees and you will feel his pain.)
This is a witty, laugh out loud, intelligent story; written by a very smart man who it seems to me that, unfortunately or fortunately, understand what real family and personal struggles are all about. Highly recommended!!! 

 Interview with Morgan Barker

 1. How's your writing career coming along now that you have a 9-5. Any more bestsellers in the horizon?

MB - the only writing I do is for our company's financial reports. I hate writing. Look at the mess it caused with Emma. 

2. How did you really feel when you were pouring your heart and soul into Our Story and all your soon to be ex was being cruel and a bit heartless?
 MB - Jennifer is a bitch, so that part was a given. Once I realized that Our Story was really just my way of reading into Emma, my attention shifted from writing down all of her beauty and other bullshit, to getting laid. And I did get laid. It was the best two seconds of my life with no encore. 

3. How's little Evelyn and how are you combining single life with parenthood?
MB - Evelyn is getting big, and not because of the McDonald's. She's growing like a weed. It's not as easy to pick up women in the Wal-Mart checkout when you've got a bigger kid who isn't as cute as she used to be, but the good part about her getting older is that I can more easily set up "play dates" with her friends' mothers. I mean, with her friends... and if their mothers come along, I try to get some play time too. Wink-wink.

4. What can you tell us about Emma? Any more "clean" undergarments sent your way?
MB - No more undergarments (clean or otherwise) in the mail. A few weeks ago, Jennifer left a pair of hers in my mailbox as a joke. Hardy har har. We didn't talk for a week - probably didn't help that I ordered an "adult toy" for her and had it shipped to the hospital where she works. Payback is a -itch, right? 

5. Where does Morgan Barker sees himself in 5 years ?
MB - In five years' time, Emma and I will have figured out how to be friends. She'll stop flirting with me all the time, and I'll stop holding this crazy, resentful grudge towards her for fucking up my life. That friendship is important because Emma's friend, Hope, is pretty cute, and I might need Emma to put in a few good words for me (such as how I can help her see stars simply by using my magical tongue). This is all pretty new, though, and I know Hope is engaged and has a "thing" for some other dude in Chicago, but let's face it... I'm Morgan Barker, an accountant AND former best-selling writer. Odds: my side.

Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted banker. He currently divides his time between Toronto, Canada and his imagination. When he isn’t writing or working with clients or relaxing at Balzac’s with a medium non-fat cappuccino, Morgan Parker enjoys spending time with his family. And sleeping, preferably on a bed (the left side) but depending on the day, he can pretty much curl up anywhere. No, he is not currently accepting applications for cuddling partners. 

*Author Website: www.textualencounter.com

Interview with the Author
1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? What inspires you to write?

When I was younger, I was bused into school so all of my friends lived far away. Instead of making up imaginary friends, I wrote stories about people. Today, I write because I like making stuff up. It's an escape for me.

         2.Is there a topic you refuse to write about? Is there a theme or idea you would like to bring to life?

I refuse to write about child abuse. I think it's an unfair way to get a reader involved emotionally and we simply read too much about that stuff in the media. I'd rather highlight the fun aspects of children, the pieces we don't hear about so much. 

I will be digging into the area of cognitive sciences (sleep) in a future project. It's an interesting love story.

       3. When you hear from your readers, what do they say? How do you react to negative criticism?

Most of my readers are thankful for my stories, which leads me to believe they've written the wrong writer. But after determining that they liked my stories, or one of them, I'm happy to chat and hear their feedback! It's always good to get criticism, especially the negative stuff because it keep writers accountable to their readers. As writers, we often think we're "selling books," but we're not... we're telling stories and engaging with our readers. If there's anything "sell," it's who we are as writers, what we write about and how we write it. People often forget that...

        4. What is something that readers don't know about your main character in Non Friction?

I think most people forget that Non Friction is written from that main character's point of view. Like most of us, when we tell a story, we add our own biases. Only a few people have said "there's a reason his wife walked out on him." And that's the truth - there's a reason. It's not necessarily a nice reason because I think it takes A LOT for a wife to leave her husband. So, like me, readers don't know what was so awful about the main character for his wife to leave. And that's probably a good thing!

        5. Do you have any writing quirks?

I like writing alone, with a movie or music videos playing in the background. That's about as quirky as it gets with me. I'm not naked or drunk/high when I write. I'm boring that way...

        6. Why did you choose to use a pen name to publish your books instead of your real name?

Morgan Parker Fact

We are having a Scavenger Hunt during the blog tour. It's US Only!
Make sure you stop by each blog's stop and check out the fun facts about Morgan Parker they will be sharing. Some of the facts have clue's to the message from Morgan Barker (Character of Non Friction) You must find the ones with Yellow writing and put them together to make the message. Once you have the message send it to verna_loves_david5104@hotmail.com

First person to get the message wins a Signed Paperback of Non Friction by Morgan Parker! 

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