Eliot Parker is the author of five novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, Fragile Brilliance, Code for Murder, and A Knife's Edge. He currently teaches English at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and hosts the podcast program “Now, Appalachia” across the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and BlogTalk Radio, which profiles authors, and publishers who live and write about Appalachia.
Results of the 2020 American Fiction Awards h
Snapshots has been honored as a "Finalist " in the "Short Story" category.
Each story within Snapshots places the characters in situations where their past behaviors will be changed in a moment that is like a snapshot picture: freezing in time who they are in a moment but facing new challenges that will alter that snapshot and create a new reality.
Eudora Welty’s quote “A good snapshot keeps a moment from going away” is a theme that permeates all of the stories in Eliot Parker’s collection of short stories, Snapshots. These stories are set in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. In the plots of the stories, the makeup of the characters is more interesting and important than the circumstances that the characters find themselves trying to manage. Each protagonist finds themselves in a complicated set of personal and professional relationships. By their nature, relationships are complicated. The protagonists in these stories are shaped by their backgrounds, life experiences, and expectations of other people. Conflicts arise for these protagonists when decisions and choices made by others alter the expectations and circumstances expected by the protagonists.
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Eliot Parker is one of “100 Appalachian Authors to Read”
As part of their efforts to coincide with PBS’ Great American Read series, WOUB radio in Athens named Eliot one of the “100 Appalachian Authors to Read” and featured him on their Author’s Chair program.