Born October 13, 1975 in Thomasville, North Carolina, Robin Parrish began his writing career on a plastic, toy typewriter. By age thirteen he had begun winning local writing awards. A feature on a website he started ultimately led to his life as a fiction author. On the site he created a serialized tale with a segment published every two weeks over the course of nine months. The story came to the attention of several publishers who saw its potential as a debut novel. In 2005, Bethany House Publishers contracted him for the rights to not only that book, but two sequels. These books became the Dominion Trilogy (Relentless, Fearless, and Merciless)–fast paced suspense/thrillers that not only crossed genre lines, but wiped them out altogether. Since then he’s kept us sitting on the edge of our seats with Offworld, Nightmare, and the newly released Vigilante. Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he’s an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking “What if…?”, and as anyone who’s read his work knows, he has a very big imagination. Readers will be happy to know that he has an endless supply of wild stories with enormous scope, that are still yet to come. Robin is a full-time writer. He and his wife Karen and two children live in High Point, NC. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Robin: Kristen: Let me start by saying that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your books to date, and am really looking forward to reading Vigilante. I was wondering though, which of your characters have you enjoyed writing the most?
Kristen: Have you ever had a character that really grated on your nerves? Robin: Wow, another fascinating question. I’ve never really considered that one before. Hmm…
Kristen: Your stories tell some amazing tales. Does the finished work usually tell the same tale you intended to write when you began, or do the stories take on a life of their own as you write? Robin: I’m a very strong believer in the importance of a good outline, because stream-of-consciousness writing, in my experience as a reader, tends to have no sense of flow or pacing. Too much time is spent on some subplot where more time should have been spent on something more important. That sort of thing.
Kristen: When you aren’t writing, what are you most likely to be found doing? Robin: These days I spend almost all of my time writing, just trying to pay the bills. When I get a snatch of free time, I love to play with my kids, spend time with my beautiful wife, or partake of a good story by someone else. I rarely read books these days, but I enjoy an engrossing movie or TV serial, and I still love a good video game. Kristen: What is something about you that would surprise your readers? Robin: I can wiggle my ears.
Kristen: Tell us a little bit about Vigilante, and why you decided to write this particular book. Robin: I got the idea for Vigilante while talking to another writer, years ago. We were talking about the ways in which Christians interact with the world, and in particular how we carry out the Great Commission. On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got people who try to forge a relationship with someone, and let their lives be their witness. On the other end, you’ve got the people on street corners, holding up signs that proclaim John 3:16 or approaching strangers in public places and basically trying to forcethem to become a believer.
Robin Parrish wants to take you on a ride. A wild ride — which is exactly what you’re in for when you pick up one of his books. And he’s adamant that it will never be the same kind of experience twice.