A serial killer is on the loose in Green Valley, but what if he's the good guy?
The year is 2036 and the United States is pulling out of an economic crisis, thanks to new industries and technologies that thrive in Green Valley, Ohio. Regarded as "America's Hope," the city also boasts being named the safest city in America for five years running. But now Green Valley, one of only a handful of cities protected by the still-experimental Unified Enforcement Police, struggles to catch a new-era murderer who continues to kill and elude capture. As the elite federal police close in on the killer, they discover that something darker has infiltrated their perfect city.
Happily bumbling through his predictable life, Milton Simon comes face-to-face with murderer Clarence Jasper and is surprised to find that the killer has a message for him: JOIN ME. Milton soon learns that not only is Green Valley not the safe haven everyone perceives it to be; it’s Hell on Earth.
Today I get to host Israel Parker, author of GREEN VALLEY, as he shares some of the awkward google searches he conducted while writing his book. There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post and, later this week, I will share my review.
“Most Awkward Google Searches While Researching This Book”
Guest Post by Israel Parker
Having been given some choices in which to write about I ended up selecting “Most awkward Google searches while researching this book.” Green Valley tackles some topics, which even given this world where “The Walking Dead” is a hit television show, may seem taboo.
I had nearly finished the book when I conducted the following search “Cannibalism.” What came up was a list of stories where cannibalism had been the theme of a crime. While interesting, it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I really wanted something that explained the cause of “Cannibalism.” However before I did that, I texted my writing partner and asked her what she knew about cannibalism. She replied with, I will paraphrase to keep this PG-13, “what the heck are you doing?”
I sent back the following. “Research for Green Valley.”
“I’m looking up cannibalism for my book.”
I must stop here and say that when she finally read the final product, she stated that I was both “insane” and…”insane”.
She also said, “This is the most original story I’ve ever seen.”
I said. “Thanks.”
Anyway, so after I finished my texts with my writing partner, I went back to my old friend Google and typed in “History of Cannibalism.” There came up some delightful articles about several folks in recent years that had taken upon themselves to fry up and eat their friends. There were also some articles about tribes, some of which are still in existence, in different places, more than you would expect, where eating your freshly dead neighbor is a way to not be wasteful of a dead body or…meat, depending on your perspective. Interesting concept. Reduce, reuse, and recycle comes to mind for some reason.
Lastly let me say that it was, for the most part, always taboo for humans to eat other humans. This was what really intrigued me. I almost forgot to say that I also Google searched some interesting cooking recipes, but I’ll save that for next time:) So I’ll leave you with the words of Julia Child – “Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”
About Israel Parker
Israel Parker is a former Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, Coast Guard Officer, and author of widely successful YA book, The Anne Marie.
In 2004, Israel was stationed at Air Station New Orleans, one of the Coast Guard’s busiest air, search and rescue units. One year later, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the Crescent City. He participated in countless daring rescues. These experiences fueled his desire to tell his stories.
Israel currently is stationed in Barboursville, West Virginia with his wife Melanie, their two children and their faithful Basset Hound, Roxanne. He remains on active duty, serving his country as a Coast Guard Officer.
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