Welcome to the first ever Patreon Patron Profile! Here I will be putting the spotlight on the people that make up the pillars of my shows.
First up is Erin Parisien. Erin is a great writer and a long time listener. In fact, as you’ll soon learn, our paths have crossed. Erin wrote for the ole’ Schmoes Know website and has been out to Los Angeles to hang with the crew. She also has a little something to do with a certain movie trivia show many of you watch. Let’s find out more about her as we turn the bright spotlight on Erin:
1 - Who ARE you and where you located in this world?
I am Erin Parisien and I am located in Vancouver, BC Canada.
2 - How long have you been listening to The Napzok Files?
Since the beginning… back in 2013. I found the podcast when I followed Mark Ellis and Kristian Harloff from AMC Movie Talk to The Schmoes Know Show, where I discovered all of the awesome people associated with the brand over there. I began writing for Schmoesknow.com in the summer of 2014 and the rest, as they say is history. Currently, I write questions for the Movie Trivia Schmoedown.
3 - What are some of your favorite “things?“(books, shows, movies, hobbies)
Oh, goodness. Where do I start?
I’m a huge movie fan, and often go to upwards of sixty movies a year, both blockbusters and indies, alike. My movie-loving heart belongs to Lord Of The Rings, however. I have been known to take a weekend, usually once a year, and marathon the extended editions. And yes, I sob like a baby from the Ride of The Rohirrim right through the final epilogue. I can’t even think about ‘Into The West’ without bursting into tears.
While there is plenty of TV that I enjoy, I will now and forever be a Browncoat. I am still bitter, all these years later that Fox had the audacity to cancel Firefly after only a handful of episodes. It is my all-time favorite television program. Fun fact, I actually had to re-buy the show on DVD because I actually wore the first set of DVD's out (they would no longer play), I watched it so many times.
Another of my passions is theatre, although I haven’t actually acted since high school. I adore live theatre and go to as many shows in the city as I can. I had the privilege of seeing my very first Broadway production last summer (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory with Christian Borle), which completely hooked me. On my most recent trip to the Big Apple, I attended 8 Broadway productions in 7 days (including both parts of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child…which was amazing!), because that’s how I roll! :P
And finally, we get to the thing that I love the most, which is books. While I adore the written word in all its forms, I am most drawn to fiction. I love high fantasy, including A Song Of Ice And Fire (and no, I still haven’t watched the show…) and anything written by Mark Lawrence. That man writes an anti-hero like no one else. But my true love, will always be romance. And I promise, it is not what you think it is and has evolved so much since the bodice rippers of the 70s and 80s. I could do a whole episode of Life Ranked on why romance novels are amazing. 😊 #ImJustSaying
Erin forgot to list some her favorite music, so she added this:
I didn't put music! That's mainly because to me music isn't a hobby or anything like that. To me, music just is. There is no such thing as silence in my house. There is always music. I am one of these people who still carries around an MP3 player with them, because music does not belong on a phone. I like what I like, regardless of what's popular, although you can usually always get my attention with an acoustic guitar, a fiddle or a banjo. And I have never met a showtune I didn't like. But I would imagine you guessed that already. :)
4 - What is one life goal you are working toward?
Becoming a traditionally published author. Although to take it one step further, to make a living writing.
5 - What is something in your life that you’re really proud?
Probably my work as a writer. Since I started doing this seriously in 2013, I have completed four full-length novels to date (75,000-90,000 words each) and have worked really hard trying to make them the best they can be, both through edits and rewrites and by work-shopping with some of the best writers and teachers in the business. I am also really proud of the work that I did with Schmoesknow.com. It was my first real, professional writing gig, and I will be forever grateful to Mark Reilly for giving me the opportunity. For having faith in me and my work and also for letting me spread my wings and giving me carte blanche to voice my opinion on various topics that were and are near and dear to me. My work is still up on the site if anyone is interested, including a trilogy of articles about the role women play in the film industry that I'm especially proud of. (schmoesknow.com/is-it-really-only-about-how-well-her-boobs-fit-in-her-suit-examining-women-in-the-superhero-genre/26457)
6 - When you’re feeling down, what are some things you do to turn yourself around?
Thankfully, this doesn’t happen to me often, so I know that in this regard, I am blessed. When I am feeling blue, usually popping in a favorite funny movie will do the trick. Some of my go-to flicks are The Proposal, Spy, The Wedding Singer, or basically anything from my childhood… and now I realize this is totally going to age me, but what can you do?... The Goonies, Adventures In Babysitting, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club… and my all-time favorite, Coming To America. And then, if all else fails, a good cry usually does the trick to get me back on track.
7 - Who are some of your biggest influences in your life and/ or career?
Who-boy… the majority of my influences when it comes to writing are romance authors, since I have been reading romance since I was a teenager. People like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jackie Ashenden and Heather Graham have really influenced me and inspired my work and there are facets of their work that I am still in awe of. I also love following Chuck Wendig and Delilah Dawson on social media, because they’re awesome. In regards to my other writing work, I really admire people like Amy Nicholson, Simon Thompson, Josh Dickey, Andrew Dyce, Steve Weintruab and Amirose Eisenbach. And I still maintain, I want to be Alicia Malone when I grow up! 😊
8 - When was the last time you ate food from a convenience store and what was it?
Oooh, I’m honestly not sure. I want to say when I was in NYC last month, but that’s sort of cheating, because it wasn’t really a convenience store. It was convenient, however and it was pizza. If we’re talking convenience store, convenience store, and we’re talking “actual food” and not a bag of chips or a bunch of candy, then it would have to be… oh, geez, when I was a teenager. I grew up in a very small town, and when they put in a 7-11, it was a huge deal. We used to do the nachos with “cheese” and chili. It was awesome.
9 - What is one cool fact about yourself that you’ve never revealed publicly until NOW?
Hmmm… I write erotica and erotic romance under a pen name (which I am not sharing) and I am going to self-publish some of the books at the beginning of next year (if everything goes to plan!)
10 - Shine on a light on your own work or the work of someone you admire…
These days I seem to be all over the web, doing a little bit here and a little bit there. You can find my novel writing stuff at my website erinparisien.com (it’s very pretty, but pretty static while I work towards my publishing goals) and my blog at butletmetellyouwhy.wordpress.com where I ramble about this, that and everything… although not as often as I should. But I’m working on it. 😊
So there you have it. Take a moment to check out Erin's work. We here at The Napzok Files appreciate Erin's support and hope you enjoyed spending some time with a fellow listener.