Parker was kind enough to answer the question of where his inspiration for Haven's Creed came from.
The story of Haven began at the place I used to work. There was a woman there, who (coincidentally, of course) was named Valerie (like the character in Haven). This woman had made threats against people (she’d like to take them out in the alley and show them not to f*ck with her), she was surly and rude, demanding, and all around just an awful person. I worked with her for a couple years, and each one she got progressively worse. It got to the point where I made her a character in a story, and all of the ways I planned for her to be dispatched made it into the book.
The cover? I had gone looking for a cover image for something else one day, and stumbled on the picture for Haven’s book. I could have died a happy man, because this cover was absolutely perfect for his story. Author.Services created it for me, and when they showed me the results, I was over the moon.
Haven is an assassin. He’s one of the best operatives of the shadow organization he works for, and his job is to take out the bad guys who prey on children. It’s bloody and, at times, gruesome, and this cover could have been tailor made for the story.
The thing about Haven is that he’s been doing the job for ten years, first as a sniper in the Army, then as a member of the organization. He’s tired. His emotional detachment has begun to fray, and he’s no longer sure he can do the job. Then he meets Samuel, who is going to show him that it’s okay to let someone in, and hold the pieces of yourself together. It’s a love story, but not a romance, and I wanted the gritty cover to show that, because let’s face it, up until now, most of the stories I’ve done have been more romance oriented.
If you decide to give Haven a chance, thank you! I hope that he’s going to be someone you enjoy.
When I was fifteen, I killed my first man. Every time Arnie, the guy my mother was shacking up with at the time, drank, he got it into his head she was cheating on him. He’d start slapping her, and that turned into full-fledged beating within a few months. When he was done, he’d start on my sister.
There were nights she’d crawl into bed with me, sobbing. For the longest of times, she wouldn’t tell me what happened, but when I found blood on her pajamas, I knew. I’d tried to stand up to him, but he beat me badly enough that I couldn’t go to school for two weeks until the bruises faded. But I got off lucky. The things he did to Chrissy gave me nightmares. I’d hear her cry out and knew there was nothing I could do but hide in my bed, my pillow covering my head. He was bigger, meaner, and stronger than me, and he reminded me of that fact constantly.
The old lady never said boo about it. She always forgave him and tried to justify what he did by telling me how much stress he was under. How he was a good man and didn’t mean it. It was just the drinking, she swore. It was more like he was a bastard and she was his meal ticket.
I came home one night and found him whaling on her, my sister’s body crumpled in a heap, her head smashed in. The son of a bitch had a gun in his hand, slick with blood, and he threatened to kill them both, screaming he wouldn’t let her leave. She slapped him. It wasn’t hard, but it shocked him enough that he dropped the gun. I picked it up. He sneered at me and called me a weak-willed fag.
I looked at the gun I held in my hand. The instrument of my revenge. The means to saving my sister.
“Give me the gun, you fuck. It’s not a dick, you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”
The bullet I put in his forehead showed him how wrong he was. He lay on the floor, blood bubbling from the wound, and his eyes locked on mine as he took his last breath. I wanted that fucker to know it was the weak-willed fag who had done this to him.
Meet Parker Williams
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
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