Introducing… Kelly Swinney ENG240 March 18, 2013
Early days• Born in Los Angeles – lived his entire life in Southern California• Went to school in Orange County public schools• Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine in 1976• In 1992 received Distinguished Alumnus awardWriting Career• Began writing in 1978 as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign• Reported on policy, city hall and cultural stories• Moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper• Won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles• “Tucked away” stories and information he would use in his first book, Laguna Heat
A Mystery WriterT. Jefferson Parker’s novels deal with crime, life and death in sunny SouthernCalifornia His writing has been called "potent and irresistible" (L.A. Times) and "resonant, literate and powerful" (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that "T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer."
First Novel• Laguna Heat (1985) – wrote in the evenings and weekends while working as a journalist.• Published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn.• Paperback made the best seller list in 1986.
T. Jefferson Parker… This was a real labor of love. Five full drafts, five years of writing part- time while I did my newspaper job. Like a lot of young writers I was trying to copy my heroes. I ended up with a draft of bad Chandler, a draft of bad Hemingway, a draft of bad Tom McGuane, a draft of bad Garcia-Marquez. So finally I sat down and wrote another draft in pure Jeff Parker. I remember struggling over that first sentence for hours. It finally came: "A perfect morning in a city of perfect mornings; an artist would have worked, a god would have rested." I was proud of that sentence. A (1985) little purple for a mystery, but so what? Its a young mans book and young mens books can be good things. It still holds up, I think, the story is strong.Slick and elegant. California classic....Laguna Heat will linger in —Los Angeles Times the memory long after all the puzzles piecesA dandy detective yarn...the author has a are finally in place.flair for intricate plotting, swift pacing, and —The Washington Postwell-drawn characters that jump off the Red-hot reading...Hypnotic.page. —Columbus Dispatch —Dallas Morning News
(1988) (1991) (1993) Washington Post reviewer, Carolyn See called The Triggerman’s Dance (1996) a masterpiece. Where Serpent’s Lie (1998) and The Blue Hour (1999) appeared five weeks on the L.A. best seller list .(1996 (1998) (1999)
Red Light (2000) and Silent Joe (2001) made the best seller listSilent Joe (2001) won the Mystery Writer’s of America EdgarAward for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize forBest Mystery/ThrillerT. Jefferson Parker… I wanted a first-person tale here, something far away from the spare language of RED LIGHT. I also wanted to write a fresh hero. In crime fiction, it often seems to be the world-weary detective, going into the world to do battle. But I thought, hell, why not write someone young and fresh and full of strength and innocence? So I came up with Joe. A lot of things came together for this book: my fascination with the idea of ugliness hiding beauty, the idea of being brought up by an institution rather than by parents, the idea of clinging loyally to precepts that turn out to be faulty, untrue, or even dangerous. I also wanted to imagine my way into the hidden powers behind an affluent place like Orange County, California. This was an enjoyable book to write. Joe surprised and delighted me at times. It was great to write a straightforward love story that comes out right. Its a very different book for me, and different than most youll find on the mystery/crime racks. I hope people like it.
Black Water (2002)Cold Pursuit (2003) – Judged Novel of theYear by the Southern CaliforniaBookseller’s AssociationCalifornia Girl (2004) – Won his 2nd BestNovel Edgar award
A Detailed Researcher…In researching his book, Black Water, the prime suspect gets shot in the head and thememory portion of his brain is destroyed. He no longer has an “emotional rudder” toguide his thoughts and actions.For his research, Jeff attended a symposium where he learned about a chemical calledluciferase which allows fireflies to produce light. It also allows scientists to see howyour cells are responding to therapy. “To the adult in me, this firefly idea seemed absolutely ingenious. Whod even think of trying that. But to the boy in me—who captured fireflies on Grandma Maes farm in Ohio and bottled them to make lanterns, (bio-lanterns?) it seemed like an obvious application.”T. Jefferson Parker… I became interested in the brain and how it functions when my mother and my wife were both diagnosed with brain tumors just a few years apart. As I watched my two very loved ones go through the biological degeneration and the trauma of medical treatment for these cancers I saw the powers of their beautiful minds become confused, diffused, weakened, and finally, lost.“Science and stories have one big thing in common, theyre both about people,” said Parker.
(2008) (2009) (2010) (2011) Recent novels which feature protagonist Charlie Hood, a Los Angeles Sheriffs Department deputy "on loan" to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force working the illegal gun trade along the U.S. Mexico border.(2012)
DovetailStudio1. (2009, October 1). Iron River-T. Jefferson Parker. Retrieved 3/18/13 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De48dT3fjoc&feature=youtu.beIn Jeffs 2010 novel, IRON RIVER, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with theATF, searching for the iron river the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weaponsthat fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren’t exactlyethical, but the lengths they’ll go to, and the innocent lives they’ll risk, are shocking even toHood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in eventssouth of the border a connection that shakes him to his core!
Newer Marketing Ideas-You Tube video and musical scores YouTube – The Jaguar intro (2012) (2013)Album Download (T Jefferson Posse - City of Gold (feat. Carlos Murguia, Andrea DiLancelott, Tom Bagley, Peter Dobson, ChrisWhynaught, Cesar Castro, Willie Acuno, T Jefferson Parker & Sue Cross)
Publicist Christine Ball, Dutton….Jeff Parker connects with his fans through his website at:- Tjeffersonparker.com- Online newsletter- Facebook- Some of his books are under option by Hollywood. Announcements will be made through his website and newsletters- Jeff Parker schedules many appearances through the local areaFor more information, please contact:Christine Ball, Dutton(212) 366-2205Christine.Ball@us.penguingroup.com
APRIL 2013 Monday, April 22nd Discussion and Book Signing 6:30 PMThursday, April 18th Murder by the BookDiscussion and Book Signing 7:30PM 2342 Bissonett StreetWarwicks Houston, TX 770057812 Girard AveLa Jolla, CA 92037 Tuesday, April 23rd Discussion and Book Signing 7:00PMFriday, April 19th, 11:00 AM Poisoned PenFeatured Author 4014 N Goldwater BlvdNewport/Mesa ProLiteracy Ste 1016th Annual Gift of Literacy Luncheon Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4327Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club1601 Bayside Drive Friday, April 26thCorona del Mar, CA Discussion and Book Signing 7:00PMwww.newportbeachlibrary.org/literacy Mysterious GalaxyTICKETED EVENT 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Ste 302 San Diego, CA 92111Friday, April 19thFallbrook’s Writers Read Saturday, April 27thProgram and Book Signing 6:00-7:30PM Discussion and Book Signing 4PMThe Café des Artistes Vroman’s Bookstore(760) 728-3350 695 E. Colorado Blvd.103 S. Main, Pasadena, CA 91101Fallbrook, CA 92028www.fallbrookartsalliance.org/calendar/view/1009778.html Sunday, April 28th**If dining, reservations required Discussion and Book Signing 2:00PM to 3:30PM Mystery Ink BookstoreSaturday and Sunday, April 20th & 21st 8907 Warner Avenue, #135LA Times Festival of Books Huntington Beach, CA 92647University of Southern California CampusMore Information Coming Soon!http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
MAY 2013 JUNE 2013Saturday, May 4th Sunday, June 23rdDiscussion and Book Signing 2:30PM California Crime Writers ConferenceMysterious Galaxy Panel: Outlining v. Seat-of-the-Pantsing 3:30PM to 4:45PM2810 Artesia Blvd. The Hilton PasadenaRedondo Beach, CA 90278 168 S. Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CATuesday, May 7th www.ccwconference.orgPen on Fire Writers Salon7:00PM to 8:00PM JULY 2013An Evening with T Jefferson Parker inConversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett Wednesday, July 10th – Saturday July 13thScape Gallery Spotlight Author2859 E. Coast Highway ThrillerFest VIIICorona del Mar, CA 92625 andwww.barbarademarcobarrett.com Participating InstructorTICKETED EVENT CraftFest VIII Grand Hyatt Hotel New YorkSaturday, May 11th 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central TerminalDiscussion and Book Signing 2:00PM New York, New York 10017Book Carnival www.thrillerfest.com348 S. Tustin AvenueOrange, CA 92866
In his spare time…• Likes to spend time with his family• Hiking, hunting and fishing and exercising his dogs• Rock hounding and the outdoors• Escapes to the desert in the spring and the fall – to hike the country and not answer telephonesHigh aspirations of a mother… “What does the T stand for? Not a thing. No, really. Nada. Zip. Jeff’s mom always explained it by saying she thought the T. would look good on the President’s door. Credit: Marion Ettlinger
ReferencesDovetailstudio1. (2009, October 1). Iron River - T. Jefferson Parker. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=De48dT3fjoc&feature=endscreenCDBaby.com. ( ). Digital Downloads. Retrieved from https://www.cdbaby.com/MyAccount/Downloads.aspxDovetailstudio.com. ( ). T. Jefferson Parker. Retrieved from http://www.tjeffersonparker.com/index.htm