Harlingen native creates fantastic tales in new book series

HARLINGEN — There’s another world beyond your world.

That’s what Burgesis tells Mark Trogmyner, the last pure child on Earth, as he ventures forth to defeat Nerogroben the evil troll.

Anthony Parker, 27, has written three books detailing the adventures of Trogmyner and other fictional characters in his Grey Matter Series. The 2010 graduate of Harlingen High School is looking forward to speaking about his books at two upcoming presentations in McAllen.

“It’s growing in popularity in the northeast and I wanted to bring it out here because I was originally from this area when I started writing the books,” said Parker, who now lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

“The first book is set in Earth 3176,” he said. “It’s a fantasy adventure book and there are a lot of crazy character names in it. It’s like Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and a little bit of Avatar the Last Airbender.”

How did he come up with such fantastic tales?

“I kind of just came up with it,” he said. “It just hit me. Each book is about 400 pages. I’ve got a book four coming out this December.”

Wow! That’s a lot of storytelling.

“I was inspired by my father who brought my character names to life for me,” he said. “My illustrator kind of helped bring the characters to life. That helped me write the storyline.”

He’s glad to be back in the Valley to share his success with people he knew here.

“I really want to prove to my friends that it really doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are that matters,” he said. “As long as you have your dream and your goal in life, all you have to do is set the action to accomplish that goal.”

The Anthony Parker File

WHO: Author Anthony Parker

AGE: 27

ALMA MATER: Harlingen High School Class of 2010

WHAT: Book talk and signing by Anthony Parker about his Grey Matter Series

WHEN: March 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes and Noble on Ware Road in McAllen

WHAT: Book talk and signing by Anthony Parker about his Grey Matter Series

WHEN: March 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes and Noble at Nolana and 10th St. in McAllen