Parris Afton Bonds
PARRIS is the mother of five sons and the author of nearly fifty published novels. She is co-founder and first vice president of Romance Writers of America, as well as cofounder of Southwest Writers Workshop.
Declared by ABC’s NIGHTLINE as one of three best-selling authors of romantic fiction, The New York Times best seller Parris Afton Bonds has been featured in major newspapers and magazines and been published in more than a dozen languages.
The Parris Award was established in her name by the Southwest Writers Workshop to honor a published writer who has given outstandingly of time and talent to other writers. Prestigious recipients of the Parris Award include Tony Hillerman and the Pulitzer nominee Norman Zollinger.
Parris donates her spare time teaching creative writing to both grade school children and female inmates, whom she considers her captive audiences.