Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
VCP (Paris Edmond), is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Westchester County, New York. I spend most of time playing sports, especially handball, and writing realistic fiction. I’m an avid moviegoer (action, adventure, horror) and I travel domestically throughout the year. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in the Bronx. I have written 9 books, but only published one of them so far.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first published book is known as the Knights of Labor. This book was written nearly ten years ago, and it was supposed to be the last of my original series of books I’ve written as a teenager. I was so impacted by the story line that I was inclined to continue writing and make this the first of the twelve book series.
To answer the question, I was inspired by watching the protagonists I created grow and mature, and I always wanted to see what happens next to them.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I’m going on long trips and I’m sitting on the plane, I take out my pen and paper and write. I’ve written at least a total of ten chapters while sitting on a plane, or waiting in a terminal.
I also go to random places like a park, beach, or somewhere outdoors, and write while also enjoying nature.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
When I first started writing short stories at the age of twelve, I was inspired by the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Series. I also read some Stephen King and R.L. Stine books.
What are you working on now?
I actually have the next four books I want to publish fully typed and ready to be edited. As I promote the first Knights of Labor book, I’m also typing the sixth book of the nine that’s fully handwritten.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promoted my book through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter when it comes to social media. I’m now adventuring to different websites and forums to promote on those places as well. My best method has been marketing through word of mouth to co workers, people I met on my route, and friends.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To this day, I remember I was in Columbus Circle writing the fourth book to this series and an older woman saw me writing. She was impressed and told me her story about how she wrote many books but never took initiative to get them published. She claimed she had many books sitting in one of her shelves, waiting to publish (I was doing the same thing with my stories). She told me how she wished she chased after that dream, and encouraged me to not do what she did.
What are you reading now?
I had just finished the book, “Money is the Answer for Everything,” by Joseph Willis, and I’m currently reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.”
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to finish the twelve book series first before anything else. After I finish those twelve, I will help aspiring writers with their books whether it be editing or any other needs.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Alchemist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Stephen King’s It, and Knights of Labor part 4