The Stalker Chronicles by Electa Rome ParksBy APOOO • Feb 14th, 2012 • Category: Book of the Week • Email This Post • Print This Post
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Georgia. So yes, I’m a true Georgia Peach even though I lived in Chicago and North Carolina for many years. Basically, I’m your average, down to earth, wife and mother of two who has a great passion for writing and reading. Believe it or not, I’m actually kind of quiet and laid back. I can be moody and oversensitive (Pisces trait). I have a very vivid imagination that is evident in my books and I believe in a lot of theories that most people would think bizarre.
Let’s just say I absolutely embrace the entire concept of spirits, guardian angels and karma. I once had a palm reader to tell me I was a writer in a previous life and writing is my destiny. Isn’t that powerful and confirming? Bottom line, anyone who truly knows me will state that I’m real. I’m very approachable and have a genuine caring nature (another Pisces trait). I have my
few imperfections and struggles just like the next person. However, I believe in order to really get in touch with our true spirit, we need to discover our gifts and use them to make a difference.
In 140 words or less, tell us why The Stalker Chronicles would make a great addition to our personal library.
The Stalker Chronicles would make a great addition to your personal library because it is fresh, fast-paced, original, raw, engaging and has real, true-to-life, imperfect characters making their way in life, with their own self-serving agendas. Thousands upon thousands of readers were introduced to and embraced Pilar, the antagonist from Diary of a Stalker, and sent me pleading requests to hear from her again. Well, she’s back! This time it’s all about revenge.
The Stalker Chronicles is the sequel to Diary of a Stalker; can you give readers a brief overview of Diary of a Stalker?
Diary of a Stalker – Xavier Preston is tall, dark and handsome and the problem is that he knows it. He’s a best-selling author who is accustomed to adoring female fans, both young and old, flirting with him, throwing themselves shamelessly at him and trying to get between more than the covers of his novels. And he has always been more than willing to accommodate their needs and desires. However, his womanizing days have finally ended. . . he’s engaged to a beautiful woman, Kendall, and he’s decided to walk the straight and narrow. Or has he?
From outside appearances, the very stunning Pilar has it all—a great career, a beautiful home and a trust fund that keeps her financially secure. However, looks can be deceiving. All that glitters isn’t gold. Pilar is searching for her one, perfect soulmate. And she thinks she has found him in Xavier. She believes in going after what she wants with a vengeance. . . and she wants Xavier. And that is not negotiable.
When Xavier meets his fanatical fan, Pilar, who declares herself his #1 fan, he gets much more than he bargained for. What starts out as a one-night stand quickly spirals out of control and into a dangerous game of obsession and pain with both parties playing to win.
Think you know what goes on behind the literary scene? Think again.
Do readers need to read Diary before reading Stalker Chronicles?
No, absolutely not! Even though The Stalker Chronicles is the sequel to Diary of a Stalker, it was purposely written so that it stands alone. A reader not at all familiar with Diary of a Stalker could pick up a copy of The Stalker Chronicles and devour it with no fear of being lost without reading the original storyline with characters and backstory.
Why did you decide to write a sequel?
I decided to write a sequel for two reasons: 1) my readers asked for it (and I listen to my readers) and 2) Pilar wouldn’t get out of my head; her story wasn’t finished yet and she let me know in no uncertain terms.
How difficult was it for you to write a sequel?
It was not difficult at all for me to write the sequel. I’ve written sequels before; Loose Ends was the sequel to my very first book, The Ties That Bind. As a writer, if your characters have a true, genuine voice; and you know your characters inside and out, they don’t go away. They are still very near, whispering, or sometimes screaming as was the case for Pilar, in your head. As authors, we know when the story isn’t finished and there’s more to share.
Tell us more about main character, Pilar. It appears that she’s gotten in your head, ‘stalking you’, and isn’t ready for you to release her. LOL.
It’s true! Pilar has gotten into my head, stalking me, and isn’t ready for me to release her. And to be honest, I’m not sure I’m ready to release her either. I don’t like to compare my “babies”, but I must say that Pilar is one of my favorite characters and certainly the most memorable one for my readers. There is something absolutely delicious and tantalizing for me, the typical “goody two-shoes,” to write from the perspective of badass, Pilar, who takes no prisoners and makes no apologies. My readers and I talk about her like she’s a living and breathing person and when a character makes that connection with readers, well, that’s magic.
Pilar is my girl! As much as my readers have a love/hate relationship with her, I still say and stand behind my claim that she is simply misunderstood. LOL. With all the bad choices that she makes, Pilar simply wants to be loved. Don’t we all? In some ways, Pilar absolutely knows what she wants and goes after it. . . be it, to an extreme level.
Pilar is intelligent, educated, sexy, independent, talented, gorgeous, a go-getter…all the things we hope to be. If it wasn’t for her mental issues, she could be a best girlfriend that we love to hang out with. With the release of The Stalker Chronicles, hopefully readers will have the opportunity to read the backstory and understand her journey.
If The Stalker Chronicles were made into a movie, what actors/actresses would you want for Xavier and Pilar?
Hands down, Idris Elba (my tall, dark and sexy celebrity crush) would be ideal to portray Xavier Preston, best-selling author. Idris fits the physical description of Xavier to a tee. Pilar would be more difficult to cast because I would want the perfect female actress to capture the true essence of Pilar. I can picture Megan Goode, Kerry Washington, or perhaps Zoe Saldana.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, what would Pilar consider to be the ideal way to celebrate the day?
Pilar’s ideal day to spend Valentine’s Day would be being in the presence of Xavier, of course. Just being with Xavier, her self-proclaimed soul mate, would make her content and happy. They could have a simple candlelit dinner with wine. That’s all. It doesn’t take much to please her.
Are you finished with Pilar’s character or will we be hearing more from her in the future?
You know, that’s a good question, Yasmin. I’m not exactly sure at this point in time. As before, readers are embracing Pilar. It remains to be seen if readers will be hearing more from her in the future. I’m not sure if I’m ready to let her goJ. I’ve developed a strong protective, motherly nature for Pilar, much like Dr. Leeda Smith, and besides, I learned a long ago to never say never.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
As for my future, I will continue to write; that will never change. I can state that with 100% certainty. I’ve always stated that I will be the little 80 year-old grandmother in the rocking chair still putting pen to paper with a magnifying glass. However, I’d love to venture into the movie industry as far as some of my novels going from book to movie adaptations. That would be a dream come true. To see my characters on the big or small screen….wow, that would be magic. To have Pilar or Brice or Miss Betty or Lexie peering back at me from the big screen…producers and directors, movers and shakers, hit me up. Let’s talk!
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
To Yasmin and my APOOO readers, I love you guys and I sincerely appreciate all your support, encouragement, and kind words you’ve sent my way over the years. Muah! Hugs and kisses! I still have a literary goal of being a New York Times Bestselling author and I still realize what’s meant to be will always find a way.
Primarily, I’m writing for entertainment value first. I write for the readers who want a mini-vacation without ever leaving the sanctuary of their home. I write for that reader who on a cold, wintry day, wants nothing other than to curl up under a warm afghan in front of a toasty fireplace, sip on some hot tea, and read about somebody else’s life. Not just read about it, but get pulled in, engulfed by it and feel the pure emotion. Feel the heat.
If readers take something away in the process, then that’s great too; that’s an added bonus. I’ve accomplished my goal and much more; it makes it all worthwhile.
Every time I feel like giving up because the publishing industry is too stressful or the monsters have reared their ugly heads, I receive an e-mail or a personal letter from an avid reader and it makes my day to realize I’ve made an impact on somebody’s life. I can’t describe that feeling.
Check out my website from time to time to get news on my upcoming tour schedule, appearances, happenings, news, etc. And please sign my guest book page; I’d love to hear from you.
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